Andrea Wulf Returns
An Afternoon with Andrea -The Sequel
12:00 -2:30 p.m.
Author Andrea Wulf returns to Wilmington for a booksigning and lecture featuring "The Brother Gardeners" - with a luncheon at the Cameron Art Museum.
About the author:
Andrea Wulf was born India, 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. Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession” and the co-author of “This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History”. She has written for the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times and reviews for several newspapers, including the New York Times, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Mail on Sunday. She has lectured widely to large audiences at the Royal Geographical Society, Kew Gardens and Royal Society in London, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Monticello and the Chicago Botanical Garden amongst many others, as well as at landscape conferences and horticultural conferences across the States. Last year she gave 50 talks about the “Founding Gardeners”. She is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.
Andrea is a regular contributor on BBC radio and television, and has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show, All Things Considered and On Point on NPR.
The “Brother Gardeners” won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award, the CBHL Annual Literature Award 2010 and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2008, the most prestigious non-fiction award in the UK.
NYT Review of "Brother Gardeners" by Miranda Seymour:
Throughout “The Brother Gardeners,” Wulf’s flair for storytelling is combined with scholarship, brio and a charmingly airy style. (It’s hard to resist her comparison of the soft needles and dangling cones of an Eastern hemlock to “feather boas carelessly slung around a woman’s neck.”) She has written a delightful book — and you don’t need to be a gardener to enjoy it.
Review of "Brother Gardeners" by the Garden Club of America Bulletin:
How a botanical book can be scholarly and fascinating at the same time is rare. I attribute it to Andrea Wulf's great talent and voluminous research. She reveals the personalities and adventures of seven men: English naturalist Mark Cates by; Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Englishmen Philip Miller and his The Gardener's Dictionary; Peter Collinson, the wealthy importer of the American farmer John Bartram's plant specimens; and John Banks and Daniel Solander, intrepid explorers of the Southern Seas on the Endeavor with Captain Cook. The physician, Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin, enters the picture with his poetry about plants.
From 1733 until shortly after 1800, they were dedicated to exploring, cataloguing, and'preserving every form of plant life that they could find, anywhere in the world, regardless of the danger, and as a result, turned England into the garden capital of the world. Open the book to any page and join the expeditions of these inquisitive, scientific men with Andrea Wulf.
Kaye Clark, Palmetto GC (Se), Zone VIII
Proceeds benefit the colonial-style gardens of the Burgwin-Wright House.
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If enough interestis shown, a tour will be planned to the John Bartram Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.