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SD HORT BOOK CLUB: Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf, May 31, at 5 p.m.

When: MAY 31st, 2021 at 5 p.m. on ZOOM

"The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram’s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress to break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. Taken together, these and other stories are a revelation of a guiding, but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.

The Founding Gardeners adds depth and nuance to our understanding of the American experiment, and provides us with a portrait of the founding fathers as they've never been seen before." -


Want to join the SD Hort Book Club?

We'd love to have you!

Send an email to SDHS President Karen England at ...

... and put "Hort Book Club" in the subject line and the Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the meetings.

The San Diego Horticultural Society's Book Club meets the LAST Monday of every month at 5 pm on Zoom.



On April 26th, on Zoom, the SD Hort Book Club met to discuss Hazel Gaynor's lovely book A Memory of Violets.

As a hort book group we enjoyed this book very much and, after reading and discussing this novel, we recommend this book and give it one thumb up 👍. (If Karen had gotten her way it would have been awarded one and a half thumbs up but there is no "half a thumb" emoji, so one thumb up it is!)

"Accept the slightly soft focus and it becomes part of the charm of Gaynor’s particular book": Ellen Prentiss Campbell on the pleasures of reading Hazel Gaynor's historical novel A Memory of Violets.


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