UNION — History and nature’s beauty become one in “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Early Republic.” Victoria Johnson tells the story of David Hosack, a long-forgotten man that was once a strong figure in New York City. Not only was he the physician to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in their infamous duel, he also founded the first American botanical garden on a plot of land, which has since been replaced by Rockefeller Center. Hosack played a great role in New York by co-founding its first art museum, first natural history museum, and the New-York Historical Society.
New York Times book reviewer Marta McDowell says, “In her ambitious and entertaining book Johnson connects past to present. David Hosack’s garden may have been short-lived, but in our parks, gardens, medical practices and pharmacology, his efforts continue to bear fruit.”
Piedmont Physic Garden is excited to host Victoria Johnson on her American Eden book tour, followed by a wine and cheese reception, on Thursday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. Johnson will stop in the Upstate as she travels through the East Coast. She started her tour at the New York Botanical Garden, one of the places she conducted research for the book.
Victoria Johnson is a professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in New York City. Johnson earned a philosophy degree from Yale and a sociology doctorate from Columbia. She currently teaches “the history of philanthropy and New York City.”
Registration is required, as seating is limited. General admission is $20. PPG members receive a discount.
Tickets can be purchased on Piedmont Physic Garden’s Facebook page or the Events page at www.piedmontphysicgarden.org. Call 864-427-2556 for more information.
The Piedmont Physic Garden is opening its gates to the public every Friday in July with visitors welcome from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visitors may either take a self-guided tour or have a staff member lead them through the medicinal garden. The tour is designed to help visitors learn what the plants being cultivated at the garden were once used for. There is also a culinary garden at PPG. In addition the zinnias being cultivated at PPG attracts several types of butterflies.
Flora Friday is a great opportunity for the public, as individuals or as families, to stroll through the garden and see what it has to offer.
Piedmont Physic Garden, 301 E. South Street Union, is a local botanical garden focused on health and wellness. PPG hosts private tours, workshops, and garden parties. Founded in 2014 by the Switzer and Flynn families, the garden highlights the historical medicinal use of plants, with a specific interest in those from the Piedmont and Southern Appalachian corridor.
Katrina E. Valliere is an intern with the Piedmont Physic Garden.