Victoria Johnson: American Eden

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 11:30am

We are happy to support Mather Homestead's Tea in the Garden event which will include a hearty tea and entertaining storytelling by historian Victoria Johnson. Johnson will regale us with anecdotes from her latest book, American Eden, which the Wall Street Journal and author Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) called “captivating.” 

​Attendees will receive a copy of American Eden which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.  

​Victoria Johnson will take us back to old New York, when the nation’s founders strolled the city sidewalks and most of Manhattan was an undeveloped island.  She will enlighten us about:

​~the backstory of David Hosack, the attending physician and friend to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, who famously dueled in July 1804

~Hosack’s founding of the first public botanical garden on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland 

~The lasting impact of his training of a generation of American doctors and naturalists to conduct some of the first pharmalogical research in the United States.


Ticket prices below cover the cost of the event.  We hope you will consider "bringing history to life" by making an additional contribution.  All donations will specifically help fund our garden projects! THANK YOU!

​Individual ticket:  $95 or $250 sponsor* level.

Table for eight:  $750 or $1,000 sponsor* level.

*Sponsors will be recognized in the event program.  

​Ticket price includes hearty tea-style lunch including tea sandwiches, savory tarts and sweets; wine, iced tea and pelligrino; and a copy of American Eden.

​To register, please visit Mather Homestead's website HERE.

Victoria Johnson is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she teaches on philanthropy, nonprofits, and history. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale in 1991 and her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia in 2002. After teaching for thirteen years at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, she now resides in New York. 

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631496011
Published: Liveright - May 28th, 2019

Event address: 
Darien, CT 06820-4127