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The Winter Book Group is a drop-in event. You can come to one or all of the monthly discussions. Or pick and choose based on the monthly book titles.
The Winter Book Group meets:
Second Sunday of the month (November to March)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Kemper Center Classroom
Our second book of the season is The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf.
Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America.
It's a follow-up book to one of our favorite reads last year: Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf. In the first book, we learned the history of horticulture in the U.S. from the time of the founding fathers and their essential role in using native plants to establish an independent nation. There were tantalizing glimpses of the other men, the horticulturists, who made it all possible through the trading and commerce of native plants and exotic ornamentals from the old country. We will be learning about them in this second selection for the Master Gardener Winter Book Group.
In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to Peter Collinson in London. Around these men formed the nucleus of a botany movement, which included famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller, bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander, two botanist explorers, who scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor. As they cultivated exotic blooms from around the world, they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. The Brother Gardenerspaints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it today.