Reflecting on America’s beginnings as a nation is always timely. Thoughts of rebellious colonists standing united against an increasingly tyrannical British rule would hardly seem to relate to time spent in a garden. Yet, it was through a connection to the land and a common passion for gardens, that our nation began its journey toward self-reliance and independence.
As an avid gardener and history buff, it was will great relish that I immersed myself in a book by Andrea Wulf, “Founding Gardeners” (1). Here we learn how closely our founding fathers remained connected to nature, to the land, and to their gardens—with gardening metaphors paralleling political ones. (more…)