Charles Elliott

Pragmatic Plantsmen

The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden

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A couple of years ago Andrea Wulf published an excellent book about the way the modern English obsession with gardening sprang from the activities of a small group of eighteenth-century botanists, professional horticulturists and amateurs of the spade. The Brother Gardeners was peopled with memorable characters and equally memorable plants, the story it told richly woven with politics and social history. Now, in The Founding Gardeners, she undertakes to write a companion volume concerned with horticultural affairs on the other side of the Atlantic.

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