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Letter from the Editor: The American Gardener

publication date: Feb 1, 2004
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One of the first books ever written about gardening in America was recently released in paperback, after being out of print for 150 years. The American Gardener was written by William Cobbett, an Englishman and the most powerful political writer of his day, who fled to America in 1817 to escape certain imprisonment over his anti-government writings. He settled for a few years on Long Island, and was shocked to discover that few Americans grew their own fruits and vegetables. So he took it upon himself to convert American farmers to gardeners.

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