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Elizabeth Cooksey

I've just finished The Brother Gardeners, and plan to share it with several gardening friends. I was sorry to see the book come to an end -- but am really glad to see a new one about similar people and activities is on the horizon!

Although I have an M.A. in history and live in one of the oldest U.S. cities (Savannah, Georgia), I learned a lot about people and plants of the century before the American Revolution. I'll never think of Linnaeus as just a scientific name again!

Bill LeFevre

Please contact me about a possible speaking engagement next spring. Before my position at Duke Gardens I was the director of Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. Thank you, Bill LeFevre


Could you please contact me about a speaking engagement in Virginia in April, 2011? Thank you.

Gary Dwyer

You can thank the week for this linkage. I have just completed a book about garden theory and my time living at Claude Monet's garden. It is called Saint Sebastian and the Garden. I have no axe to grind, simply common interest. Have a look:


Send me a street address and I'll send you a copy.

joshua nelson

Hi Andrea,
Just came across your interview in smithsonsion and felt compelled to say...good job. I am an agiculturalist,composting specialist and environmental advocate.I'm currently wrapping up a book on human (specifically) american mindset which has gotten us (and planet) into the jam we are in and how to reverse the damage. Home is VT but had farm and go to RI all the time. Am staunch advocate of coir..would love to talk with you. Good job again. joshua nelson

Nino Bucari

I very much enjoyed Founding Gardeners which was given to me during the visit with my cousins in the US.
Much interest at my part is a person known little in the US - Filippo Mazzei. You wrote about Jefferson debt and it is known that he failed to repay the family of Mazzei the money he borrowed from the Mazzei property.
I hope you come to Italy to present your book.
Best Regards,

Leonie Smith

I share the sentiments of readers that felt captivated by the story of "The Brother Gardeners." My only regret is not seeing John Clayton included in this group. He exchanged letters with Bartram and provided samples of the plants of Virginia and corresponded with Gronovius. His specimens are contained in the John Clayton Herbarium at the Natural History Museum in England. Why the omission?

Melissa Vail

I'd like to invite you to speak at the John Jay Homestead, in Katonah NY. (johnjayhomestead.org) Where's the best place to send an invitation?

Dean Pinner

As an organic farmer here on the Big island(Hawaii) I enjoyed your article in Smithsonian. I feel very close to our founding fathers regarding local plants and gardening.
I'm sure most are rolling over in their graves if they are privvy to what is happening to the rain forests, GMO's, and global temperatures.
Also after googling you and seeing early photos i find your current countenance much more attractive.
Keep up the good work.
Looking forward to your next book.
Aloha, Dean

Jackie DiGiovanni

I was so taken with _Founding Gardeners_ that I want to say thank you. Your style of writing is very engaging. The book was both highly entertaining and educational which is a wonderful combination.

As I struggle with native, xeric, organic, sun/shade, and an assortment of creatures who think they have dibs on sharing in my garden, I was glad of your reminder that every age has its trials. I have told friends and family that I will spread composted manure and lime on the vegetables beds before the long Midwest Winter here in the US because I now know that Thomas Jefferson recommended it.

I look forward to your next book. You have a fan.

Jan Zimmerman

fantastic insights ..... thank you

Barbara Chaney

Thanks for still using e-mail. I hope to be able to learn Facebook in the future. I'm definitely NOT computer savy. I saw you on BookTV talking about your book on founding gardeners. I'm going to buy your book. I enjoyed all of your talk and especially about James Madison being an early ecologist. This earth is so fragile in a vast universe. When will more citizens of our tiny planet learn to care for and protect it. Looking forward to your "Venus" book. I'm an American who leans towards British authors. I generally read historical biography and mostly of women. (American, British, French) I'll be 71 this December and pray to keep my eyesight so I can continue to read for a long time!

Jerry Coalgate

Hello, Andrea. I attended your lecture in Williamsburg, Virginia on September 21, 2011, and thoroughly enjoyed it. You remember I spoke to you briefly at the book signing about modern commercial farming vs. the Founders view of farming (and gardening).

I am very interested in the history of farming, and especially the farming of animals and the developement of "industrial agriculture". Can you recommend any books?

Also, I want to recommend a couple of books to you.
Ann Vileisis, "Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back", Island Press, Washington, DC 2008. A really interesting history dealing with how our relationship with food has changed since colonial times when they knew all about the crops and animals they raised to the 21th century and the consumption of foods that have been genetically engineered, altered, adulterated, and often originate far from the point of consumption. It is really interesting and I highly recommend.

Harvey Blatt, "America's Food: What You Don't Know About What You Eat", MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2008. Not so much historical but concentrates on scientific aspects of various sources of food---how raised, characteristics, health and environmental aspects, etc.

Thanks again, for your wonderful presentation. I look forward to your next book.

Jerry Coalgate

Scott H. Harris, Director, James Monroe Museum

Ms. Wulf,

Would you please e-mail me a high-resolution cover image of "The Founding Gardeners" for a newspaper ad promoting the November 4 lecture here?


Scott Harris, Director
James Monroe Museum
[email protected]

Erin Trisler

Ms. Wulf, will you kindly contact me regarding a potential speaking engagement in Indiana? My e-mail is [email protected] Thank you! Erin Trisler

Shawn Walker

Ms. Wulf,
Founding Gardeners has been a great hit in our tree-huggers' circle and Casey Trees, a non-profit tree planting organization in Washington, DC, would like to invite you to speak sometime. Could you please let us know how to contact you?
Thanks much and best regards,
Shawn Walker ([email protected])

Alan Burke

Thanks Andrea for these fascinating studies in history and horticulture. I received Founding Gardeners as a birthday gift (... recommended it at our classicnursery.com FB page) and plan to read all your stuff. The search to intercept the transect of venus is a fascinating subject that is long overdue for a novel....and I'm sure it is capable hands. Kudos to you.

Michael Statham

I am trying to research the life and times of James Brown, head gardener at Stowe 1819 - 1839.

Do you have any details please?

I have a little further information about James which I can share in return should you be interested!

Carol Cowee

Just finished "Founding Gardeners" which I am giving as a birthday present to my pastor who grew up farming barley in Paso Robles, CA and now has a large garden in Redding, CA. I managed to finish the book without coffee stains! He planted 280 or 380? tomato plants this last summer to great success. I think with his love of history and gardening, he will enjoy your book.
I garden on a 9 acre hill of rock in Redding and have visited many gardens in England, Stowe several times, and Wales and have toured the United States for 14 years in our RV (caravan). I stop at Monticello whenever we're near. Was at Mt. Vernon last fall....love the link between history of our country and gardening. I am amazed at your research...just unbelievable and makes the book so interesting. Thank you for all your work and really enjoyed your writing.

Carol Cowee, Redding, CA

Frank Uffner

Thank you Andrea Wulf for the book
Founding Gardeners. I'm enjoying it. It combines 2 of my loves, gardening and history.
Frank Uffner

Nancy Moore, Texas

Hello Ms. Wulf,
Would you please contact me by email to discuss the possibility of your speaking to our annual (28th annual) Forum in October 2012. Your book, Founding Gardeners, would be of great interest to our audience and add greatly to this year's theme. Thank you.

nicolas coviello

thanks Andrea, i was doing a research about ottoman tulip era and after about the sarmoung brotherhood and by chance i found the cover of your book just translated in italian language and published by ponte alle grazie. I love the concept & the title you gave too, i believe, I want to read your book now...i go to buy it, all the best nicolas from italy (it is a long time that i read about this subject...from the literary point of view i am interested in this passion for the flowers of ottoman sultans....surely you know the book by Nurhan Atasoy A Garden for the Sultan:Gardens and flowers in Ottoman culture..please if you want write to me ...you can suggest something to me)

Mary Nicoll

Dear Andrea:
I am eagerly awaiting your new book and am interested in discussing with you the possibility of your lecturing to US Branches of the English-Speaking Union. Would you kindly let me know if this is of interest? Thank you.
Mary Nicoll

James F. Keating

Dear Ms. Wulf,

I enjoyed Chasing Venus very much.But being a former Astronomy teacher I must correct what you stated on page 32 in a footnote. The one stating that if you subtract the altitude of the sun at local noon you would be able to determine your latitude.This is only true on two days of the year, the Fall & Spring Equinoxes.From your research you know they traveled for more than two days a year.What was used to help seaman find their latitude was an Analemma,this provided the declination angles of the Sun for the entire year and those angles were added or subtracted to the measurements seaman determined for local noon and that was their latitude.

James F. Keating

Harry D. Stumf

My mother is a gardener. So was her mother. She also loves history, especially of our USA. Her father, brother, husband and sons served in its defense. I just sent her The Founding Gardeners. She'll love it.
Harry D. Stumpf

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