The Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf takes you into the lives of the framers of our country from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners and farmers.
I received The Founding Gardeners as a gift from someone who is keenly aware of my love of gardening and history.
When Mr. G and I go on long car rides we choose a book and I read it to him as we drive. Last week we traveled to Tennessee so we had lots of reading thyme. We are now halfway through the book but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it!
This book is filled with stories of the founders separately as gardeners and weaves their amazing love for all things gardening through their friendships as well as the work they did in establishing our country. Can you say “heated debate!”
These men truly found pleasure, renewal and inspiration from their gardens just like we do!
While it was so fun to read the details of their garden pursuits, I also found a renewed interest in this particular part of history and all the details involved in getting our country off to a good start! I developed a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices these men made. Their work in most cases took them far away from the families, gardens and farms they loved–and for long periods of time!
But, it wasn’t all constitution and tea parties. There were lively conversations on subjects like manure … whether or not to use, when to use and how to use! I can just imagine what they would have thought of Annie’s MooPooTea.
Check it out. I think you will love it too.