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

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Click for availability and more information Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation, by Andrea Wulf
 
A fascinating way for one to be re-introduced to four of the great minds and personalities who contributed to the initial building of the American government is Andrea Wulf's new book Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation. The title captures so much as Wulf does indeed study George Washington, John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both in terms of their passion for gardens, trees and plants as well as their very significant roles in the creation of the American government after the Americans defeated the British in the Revolutionary War.

Wulf is an exceedingly skillful writer as these great men come alive in her book. Their worries about which types of planting to grow in and the designing of their respective gardens frames her recounting of the momentous events each participated in while the American government was being formed. With her expert use of primary documents, the thoughts and actions of these men are authenticated. One particularly interesting event took place during heated debates among the representatives at the Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia in 1787. Some of the arguing delegates ended up walking the exquisite gardens of John Bartham close to Philadelphia on a break from their deliberations. After this outing, there was a successful agreement on how to proceed with the formation of the American government. Wulf speculates that perhaps their stroll through these beautiful gardens helped to create an atmosphere in which a compromise could be achieve

Founding Gardeners is a terrifically interesting read and is very highly recommended.
-Roy

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