Roses are Red: English Gardens in America

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Is there anything more romantic than an English rose? Americans' ideas about lawns, suburbs and gardening have been heavily influenced by our colonizers across the pond.

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Along with Marmite and John Cleese, the English garden is an iconic symbol of Great Britain. And just as America adopted the Beatles and Thanksgiving, the American landscape owes a lot to its British progenitors. This hour we’ll learn how a 19th century advertising effort first sparked a romance with English gardens, and how seed companies sold us a way of life.

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