|Blooming Hawthorn by backyard garden|
At Mount Vernon George Washington made a point to plant an American garden with no English trees. He would be turning over in his grave to see the widespread invasion of European Buckthorn on American soil.
In 1818 James Madison gave a speech in which he indicated protection of the environment was vital to the long-term interests of the nation. He noted "Vegetable matter which springs from the earth... must return to the earth."
Of all of the dirt that gets dug up and flung around in politics, I like Ms. Wulf's uncovering of our early president's private gardening lives the most. If only more of our leaders were as well grounded...
Andrea Wulf has written a book entitled "Founding Gardeners - The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation."