Andrea Wulf, the author of Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, will speak Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum. Gardeners and history buffs alike will enjoy her lecture. I’m lookiing forward not only to her lecture but to the opportunity to interview her for a future Backyard Wisdom podcast.
Colleen Bourdeau, the Museum’s communications and marketing specialist, is this week’s guest on Backyard Wisdom, and shares a little about Wulf and the book Founding Gardeners. You can listen to our conversation here at the Auburn University iTunes U site and also here as well.
In the book, Wulf examines four of the founding fathers who thought of themselves as farmers and plantsmen: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. She also examines how these men’s attitudes about nature and agriculture helped shaped the fledging American nation.
A trained design historian at the Royal College of Art, she is the author of a number of books including The Brother Gardeners and has written from a variety of news outlets including the Sunday Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Wulf’s lecture is free and open to the public. Directions to the Museum can be found here.