Gardening from the couch: "Founding Gardeners"
In her new book, "Founding Gardeners," Audrea Wulf gives us a fresh perspective on the founding fathers -- men as passionate about their gardening as they were about liberty.
She writes that while British ships were gathering off New York, George Washington was worried about his gardens at Mount Vernon and was writing instructions to his manager.
She also describes how a trip to botanist John Bartram's gardens helped the delegates to the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock.
She tells us that during his years at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson tried 170 different fruits and 330 different herbs and vegetables.
At Mount Vernon, Washington grew grapes, apples, peaches, cherries and plums.
But beyond a list of crops, Wulf's book is a fascinating and quite different look at "the land" the revolutionaries were defending.
As a bonus, the book has a lovely collection of portraits, line drawings and botanical prints.
Readers: I have a copy of Founding Gardeners I would be delighted to send to the 5th person posting a comment here on Garden Variety.