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Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation | [Andrea Wulf]

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

From the author of the acclaimed The Brother Gardeners, a fascinating look at the founding fathers 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 belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. These stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.
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From the author of the acclaimed The Brother Gardeners, a fascinating look at the founding fathers 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 belief 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 break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.

Founding Gardeners adds depth and nuance to our understanding of the American experiment and provides us with a portrait of the founding fathers as they’ve never before been seen.

©2011 Andrea Wulf (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    C. Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-06-11
    C. Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    I read Andrea Wulf's first book, "The Brother Gardeners" and was amazed at how a non-fiction book on the history of botany could read like a novel. I am also an avid listener to books and when I saw it available on Audible, I immediately downloaded "The Founding Gardeners". This second book even excels the first one! It's a great history book about the founding fathers of the United States, and the way agriculture and gardening shaped the the country. There are lessons learned in this book not taught in classroom history. Ms. Wulf is a gifted writer and Antonia Bath is the perfect choice to narrate. I have also ordered it in hardback to add to my library of botanical books.

    You don't have to be a plant nut to enjoy this book. I would recommend it to anyone, especially anyone interested in American history. And, I shall enjoy re-listening to it too. A real plus to me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom South Boston, MA, United States 06-11-11
    Tom South Boston, MA, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Sublimely informative..."

    This Audible book really gives you a sense of the founding of this country. Although it is documented with scholarly precision and jam-packed with historical detail, it is a truly compelling listen. Thus far, 'Founding Gardeners' is my favorite audio book. A jewel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurence Shepherd Westerville, Ohio United States 09-25-12
    Laurence Shepherd Westerville, Ohio United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable audiobook about gardens"
    If you could sum up Founding Gardeners in three words, what would they be?

    HIstory of the gardens of Jefferson, Washington, Madison and Adams and their gardening inspirations


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Founding Gardeners?

    Adams and Jefferson traveling to gardens in England.


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    I listened to the audiobook prior to a visit to Monticello and Mt Vernon. It increased my appreciation of the gardens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 06-18-14
    Rhonda 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative & Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Founding Gardeners the most enjoyable?

    The history facts and hearing how important gardening was to the founding fathers.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like gardening & history, you should enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth COVENTRY, CT, United States 04-28-11
    Elizabeth COVENTRY, CT, United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very little about gardening"

    This is more like reading a history book. Very little info about gardening and nature.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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