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

Andrea Wulf


For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany have been elemental passions: a conjoined curiosity as deeply ingrained of their characters because the conflict for liberty and a trust within the greatness in their new state.
 
Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the tale of the progressive new release from the original point of view in their lives as gardeners, plant hobbyists, and farmers. Acclaimed historian Andrea Wulf describes how George Washington wrote letters to his property supervisor while British warships accumulated off Staten Island; how a journey of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s religion of their fledgling state; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of environmentalism. via those and different tales, Wulf finds a clean, nuanced portrait of the boys who created our nation.

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