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. 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”. Her book “Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation” 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. She has written for New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the Guardian and many others.
She has lectured widely to large audiences at the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society in London, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Monticello and the New York Public Library amongst many others (see events). She is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013.
The “Brother Gardeners” was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2008, the most prestigious non-fiction award in the UK and won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award as well as the CBHL 2010 Annual Literature Award. “Founding Gardeners” was on the New York Times Best Seller List and praised there as ‘illuminating and engrossing’.
Her new book "The Invention of Nature" will be published by Knopf in September 2015 in the US and by John Murray in October 2015 in the UK.