Andrea Wulf, The Brother Gardeners, at New Dominion March 15

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and New Dominion Bookshop host

Andrea Wulf, who will present selections from and sign copies of

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

Monday, March 15 at 10:30 AM

The Brother Gardeners by Andrea WulfIn this beautifully illustrated book, Andrea Wulf tells the tale of a small group of l8th century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began with John Bartram of Philadelphia who, over many years, provided English gardening enthusiasts with American trees, shrubs and plants. The talk explores the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships and squabbles that knitted together the lives of six men that changed the world of gardening and botany.

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 and is now an acclaimed writer. She is the co-author (with Emma Gieben-Gamal) of This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, The Garden and Kew Magazine. Her reviews have appeared in several newspapers, including the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Mail on Sunday. She is a regular contributor on BBC radio and television.

The New Yorker called The Brother Gardeners an “engaging account” and the New York Times Book Review wrote “Wulf’s flair for storytelling is combined with scholarship, brio and a charmingly airy style—she has written a delightful book.”

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards is a group of volunteers whose mission is to support urban and rural forests, to increase public awareness of the intrinsic value and beauty of trees, to educate the community on trees and tree care, and to partner with local government agencies and civic groups to improve and restore the tree canopy in the area. For more information, call 434-872-4580 (Virginia Cooperative Extension Office).

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