How U.S. Founders Created an American Eden

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

University of the Pacific Library, Community Room-1st floor 3601 Pacific Avenue

Andrea Wulf, New York Times Best Seller List author, will speak about her 2011 book, "Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden." She will also be available to sign books following the lecture.

This beautifully illustrated talk looks at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude to plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the American nation. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison regarded themselves foremost as farmers and plantsmen and for them gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. In a unique retelling of the creation of America, award-winning historian Andrea Wulf will show how plants, politics and personalities intertwined as never before.

Andrea Wulf was born India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in Britain. She is the author of several books. Her book "The Brother Gardeners. Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession" won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2008, the most prestigious non-fiction award in the UK. "The Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" was published under great acclaim in spring 2011 and made it on the New York Times Best Seller List. Andrea has written for many newspapers including The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. She is the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013 and a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the College of the Pacific, the John Muir Center for Environmental Studies and the University Library.

Event Type

Speaker, Lecture/Presentation

Sponsoring Department

John Muir Center for Environmental Studies, Library


College of the Pacific


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