The origins of the United States and its horticultural interests

May 12, 2011

To understand the making of America, author Andrea Wulf believes we must see George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams as farmers first. It turns out, the Founding Fathers relished farming and gardening as much – if not more – than politics. In her new book “Founding Gardeners,” Wulf reveals how the founders’ agrarian vision of the balance of nature underlies the principles on which they founded the nation. Of course the great paradox of their agrarian dream was that it relied on the labor of slaves. But that fact never dampened their passion for nature, plants, gardens and agriculture. How did the Founding Fathers’ green thumbs shape our country?

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