Author to speak about Madion’s views on nature

Is James Madison really “the forgotten father of American environmentalism”?

Andrea Wulf, design historian and award-winning author of “The Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation,” will discuss this topic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Health and Human Services Building on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81. The lecture will be in Room 1302.

Wulf’s talk will focus on the founding fathers and their attitudes toward plants, gardens, nature and how agriculture shaped the American nation. She will also highlight Madison’s 1818 Address to the Agricultural Society of Albemarle, which reflects his understanding of nature’s balance and the challenges facing sustainable agriculture.

Born in India, Wulf trained as a design historian at Royal College of Art and has written several books, including “The Brother Gardeners” and “This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History.” She has also penned reviews for Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian and the New York Times.

The lecture is sponsored by the department of integrated science and technology, the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World and The Augusta Garden Club.

For more information about Wulf, visit

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