Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Summer Garden Book Club Selection: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

For our next Garden Book Club selection, we will be discussing American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson.

"One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic's first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland by 1810. 'Where others saw real estate and power, Hosack saw the landscape as a pharmacopoeia able to bring medicine into the modern age' (Eric W. Sanderson, author of Mannahatta). What remains today of America's first botanical garden lies in the heart of midtown, buried beneath Rockefeller Center."

You can order it new or used at our Amazon link - https://amzn.to/38LMppD.

Our Summer 2021 club meeting will be on Thursday, July 15 from 6:30-8pm ET via Zoom.

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The Washington Gardener Magazine's Garden Book Club is free and open to all. We meet quarterly on a weekday evening usually near a metro-accessible location in the DC-area (when COVID is not a factor). We will announce the details of each upcoming meeting about two months in advance. Please check back on this blog for schedule updates and announcements.

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