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Founding gardeners : the revolutionary generation, nature, and the shaping of the American nation

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Wulf
ISBN: 9780307269904 0307269906
OCLC Number: 694616489
Description: x, 349 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: "The Cincinnatus of the West" : George Washington's American garden at Mount Vernon --
"Gardens, peculiarly worth the attention of an American" : Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's English garden tour --
"A nursery of American statesmen" : the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and a garden visit --
"Parties and politicks : James Madison's and Thomas Jefferson's tour of New England --
"Political plants grow in the shade" : the summer of 1796 --
"City of magnificent intentions" : the creation of Washington, D.C., and the White House --
"Empire of liberty" : Jefferson's Western expansion --
"Tho' an old man, I am but a young gardener" : Thomas Jefferson at Monticello --
"Balance of nature" : James Madison at Montpelier --
Appendix. Maps of Mount Vernon, Peacefield, Monticello, and Montpelier.
Responsibility: Andrea Wulf.
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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"--

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