Meet the Founding Gardeners

Agriculture, botany and gardening were as deeply ingrained in the character of our Founding Fathers as their belief in the new nation.

For instance, General Washington wrote letters to his estate manager even as British warships gathered off Staten Island. Jefferson and Adams described how their faith in their new nation was renewed after a tour of English gardens, and Madison was one of the first to truly champion environmentalism in the United States.

Learn more about this little-known part of our nation’s founding during a lecture at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Sunday, April 9, at 2:00 PM. Historian and New York Times bestselling author Andrea Wulf will explore how farming and gardening shaped the men who shaped our country.

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