Founding Gardeners

d255d56277746534db492134_440x560A Talk by the International Best-Selling Author
Andrea Wulf

Join us at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center on May 2nd at 7:30 p.m. as best-selling author, Andrea Wulf discusses the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers. After the discussion, relax and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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Tickets go on sale Friday, March 25. Call our Education Department at 423-821-1160 ext. 112 for more information.

Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to German as a child. She lives in Britain where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of “The Brother Gardeners” and the co-author of “This Other Eden”. Her book “Founding Gardeners” was published to great acclaim in spring 2011. Her “Chasing Venus” was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century. And her latest book “The Invention of Nature” has received rave reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. She has written for New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the Guardian and many others.

To learn more about Andrea Wulf, visit her website!

The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their believe in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram’s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress to break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. Taken together, these and other stories are a revelation of a guiding, but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.

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