Join acclaimed author Victoria Johnson for a special discussion and signing of her new book “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic” on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. inside the Arboretum’s Education Center.
This new biography focuses on Hosack’s advocacy for the nation’s first botanical garden, which was built in 1801 and is now buried under New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Used to grow and test medicinal plants, Hosack’s garden was designed to support scientific progress and was developed to be more akin to the National Institutes of Health or the CDC than a tree-lined park.
As part of the event, Johnson will lead a thought-provoking discussion followed by a short Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and can be signed by Johnson following the talk.
The event is free, however, standard Arboretum parking fees apply.