History and Horticulture: Of Plants and Presidents
Which president lied to his wife in an attempt to prevent her from planting vegetables at the White House? Which first lady misappropriated funds from the gardener’s budget to pay for fine china? And which administration brought sheep onto the grounds in order to save on mowing expenses? Join garden writer Jessica Damiano on an eye-opening and inspiring historical tour of the White House gardens, from the founding of our nation to the present day.
Jessica Damiano is an award-winning journalist, gardening coach, master gardener and author of The Weekly Dirt email newsletter, as well as “Jessica Damiano’s 2021 Day-by Day Gardening Calendar: 365 tips and chores to keep your garden on track all year long.” Formerly Newsday’s garden columnist, Jessica enjoys toiling in her garden — an ongoing work in progress — and helping home gardeners solve their horticultural problems in The Weekly Dirt. She lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband and dog, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds.