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


Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 0307390683
ISBN-13 9780307390684
Year 2012-04-03
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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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 Island how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jeffersons and John Adamss 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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