Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012 - Gardening - 368 pages
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From the bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, a fascinating look at the Founding Fathers like none you've seen before.

For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation.
 
Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the story of the revolutionary generation from the unique perspective of their lives as gardeners, plant hobbyists, and farmers. Acclaimed historian Andrea Wulf describes how George Washington wrote letters to his estate manager even as British warships gathered off Staten Isl∧ how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's faith in their fledgling nation; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of environmentalism. Through these and other stories, Wulf reveals a fresh, nuanced portrait of the men who created our nation.

 

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User Review  - joshua.a.meyer - LibraryThing

As evidenced in Wulf's previous book (Brother Gardeners) the author is highly skilled at marrying the topics of early American history and botany in such a manner that history buffs who previously had ... Read full review

FOUNDING GARDENERS: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Design historian Wulf (The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession, 2009, etc.) explains how the Founders brought a new nation and their own gardens simultaneously to fruition ... Read full review

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Political Plants grow in the Shade
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Empire of Liberty
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Tho an old man I am but a young gardener
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Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art and is the author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World and Founding Gardeners, The Brother Gardeners, and Chasing Venus, as well as the coauthor (with Emma Gieben-Gamal) of This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History. She has written for The Sunday Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and she regularly reviews for several newspapers, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Times Literary Supplement.

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