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Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
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Oct 30, 11

Read from September 16 to October 30, 2011

Great, accessible pop history of the early presidents and their gardens--with the lovely thesis that gardening was, and remains, a political act in America.

Wulf evokes the life history of the Founders through the lens of their gardening and plantations, to quite nice effect. The book accomplishes a lot--and it's no small feat that Wulf has called an entirely new popular audience into the early national world of presidents. I regularly recommend this book to students on a single-chapter basis, say, if they are exploring Jefferson's life and gardening in a research paper. A worthy, fast read.
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