Erica Hannickel

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Erica Hannickel is a professor of environmental history at Northland College (WI), and earned her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Iowa. She grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in northern California, and spent significant time cross-country skiing, hiking, and canoeing on Donner Summit. She takes full advantage of the short growing season in northern Wisconsin as an avid organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardener in Ashland's community garden. She is a Wisconsin Master Gardener, an orchid freak, a dedicated yogini, and loves to SUP.

Erica is currently writing a culturally literate how-to guide for the modern indoor orchid grower. History, fashion, and art meet orchids: yes!

Erica majored in Ethnic Studies as an

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Erica Hannickel I was living through a very long winter in Iowa City and needed to come up with a seminar paper idea. In the basement of the U Iowa library, I decided…moreI was living through a very long winter in Iowa City and needed to come up with a seminar paper idea. In the basement of the U Iowa library, I decided to check out 19th century garden magazines to dream of warmer days--especially Andrew Jackson Downing's -The Horticulturist-. I quickly realized that magazine and many others spoke about grapes differently than other fruits. Grapes supposedly held the key to national expansion and empire, but in a "natural," beneficent way.(less)
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Erica Hannickel I didn't come across any references to an Airen grape in my research. Strange story! And you're right, it seems unlikely.
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Empire of Vines is now an audiobook! Here's a 3-minute clip of the introduction to my chapter on Charles Chesnutt--detailing vine growing gone awry during the Civil War.
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Traci Hey girl! As you can see, I tend to either love or hate a book, not many ratings in between. I was sitting at my desk last night trying to remember books I've read to add to my list. I'm now reading my first book on an e-reader. I'm pretty much opposed to them, but I thought I'd give it a try (plus it was a free download so that was a bonus).

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