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.



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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