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 Adam'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 previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.
Seating is limited. Advance reservations for this fundraising event will be $35 per individual and $60 per couple with a discount of 20 percent for Reflection Riding and Tennessee Aquarium members. Seating will be available for purchase at the event for $45 per individual and $75 for couples with a 20 percent discount for Reflection Riding and Tennessee Aquarium members.
Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She lives in Britain where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of "The Brother Gardeners" and the co-author of "This Other Eden."Her book "Founding Gardeners" was published to great acclaim in spring 2011. Her "Chasing Venus" was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century. And her latest book, "The Invention of Nature," has received rave reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. She has written for New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and many others.
To purchase tickets, visit the Reflection Riding website. For more about Andrew Wulf, visit her website.