Meeting Location: Small Udall Conference Room, 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM, 87505.
No RSVP required. Botanical Book Club meets every second Tuesday of the month. We hope you can join us!
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden invites you to participate in our monthly Botanical Book Club. Join other botanical book enthusiasts over tea, cookies, and great conversation about our book of the month. The book of the month for May is American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson
About American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
The untold story of Hamilton’s—and Burr’s—personal physician, whose dream to build America’s first botanical garden inspired the young Republic.
On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his “second” for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack.
As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack—who until now has been lost in the fog of history—was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation.