DATE: May 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
LOCATION: The Studio
Writer Andrea Wulf returns to the Marin Art & Garden Center on Tuesday, May 2 at 6 pm to give an illustrated talk about “The Founding Gardeners,” a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation 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 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 to break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. These stories are a revelation of a guiding, but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.
“The Founding Gardeners” was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Kansas City Star and the Dallas Morning News said, ”Andrea Wulf’s beguiling and eloquently written “Founding Gardeners” is one of those rare books that, by focusing on a single angle of vision, brings to life a whole era and cast of characters.”
Andrea Wulf is known for her fresh look at historical figures and the themes of natural science, and her lectures, like her books, are lively and informative. Her appearance in Marin is part of a national tour and she is a frequent guest at botanical and historical societies around the world.
The talk on May 2nd will be followed by a wine reception and book signing, coordinated by Book Passage.
COST: $25 per person