Conn. Historical Society to Discuss America’s Shaping Of English Gardens

March 16, 2015 · Press Releases

Andrea WulfAndrea Wulf to share stories featured in her book ‘The Brother Gardeners’

Hartford, Conn., March 16, 2015 – Author Andrea Wulf will recount how plants native to the Americas led to an English national obsession when she discusses her book The Brother Gardeners at the Connecticut Historical Society on Tuesday, April 14.

The Brother Gardeners traces the history of the English garden from its start among a band of rivals and friends who traveled the known and unknown world in the early 1700s and brought back plants, ideas and science. Wulf brings the gardeners and their travels to life through their own words, with beautiful images of the exotic new blooms they collected.

The Brother GardenersOf The Brother Gardeners, the Hartford Courant wrote: “The American seeds and plants thrived in the English soil and climate and a national obsession was born. Origins and ironies aside, we are all the richer for it, and for Wulf’s book, too.”

The program is a partnership of CHS, the Garden Club of Hartford and the Connecticut Valley Garden Club and was made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

The program will be held Tuesday, April 14, 12:30-2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling Jenny Steadman, CHS adult programs manager, at 860-236-5621, extension 289.

About Connecticut Humanities 

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

About the Connecticut Historical Society

Established in Hartford in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the official state historical society of Connecticut and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.

Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CHS houses a nonprofit museum, library, archive and education center that is open to the public. The CHS campus houses a research center containing over 3.5 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts and other historical materials.

CHS programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities and make informed decisions based on our past and present.

Thank you to the program sponsors: 

Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut Valley Garden ClubGarden Club of Hartford










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