The Brother Gardeners

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
October 2, 2015

Brother Gardeners adult education class

The Brother Gardeners

Andrea Wulf, Historian

1 Session: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America. In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to Peter Collinson in London. Around these men formed the nucleus of a botany movement, which included famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller, bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander, two botanist explorers, who scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor. As they cultivated exotic blooms from around the world, they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it today.

Fee Free member, $20 nonmember
Register at or call 617-384-5277.
Offered with the Massachusetts Historical Society

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