Peggy Cornett
Instructor, Think Again

Cornett is Curator of Plants at Monticello. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Botany. Cornett has a master’s degree in Public Garden Administration from the University of Delaware Longwood Graduate Program. Her book, Popular Annuals, was published by Dumbarton Oaks and she has contributed chapters and essays for several books, including Keeping Eden (Mass. Horticultural Society).

Cornett has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Bath, England, and Bermuda. She was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and appears regularly on the PBS series Virginia Home Grown. Since 1990, she has edited Magnolia, the quarterly publication of the Southern Garden History Society. In 2008 the Society honored her with the Flora Ann Bynum Medal for exemplary service in the field of garden history.


Flora Ann Bynum Medal from the Southern Garden History Society for exemplary service in the field of garden history

Selected Publications

Cornett, P. (1985). Popular annuals of Eastern North America, 1865-1914. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

B.A., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
English, botany
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