7. Transplanting Liberty

Lafayette's American Garden

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Laura Aurrichio PhD assistant professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch7

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Aurrichio, L. (2010) Transplanting Liberty, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. Parsons the New School for Design in New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • transplanting liberty - Lafayette's American Garden;
  • 700-acre estate of La Grange, home of General Lafayette - French hero of the American Revolution;
  • Lafayette, cultivating his own identity - America hailing his fields, woods and barns as models of self-sufficiency and good governance;
  • Lafayette's American Plants - agriculture, bound up with political ideals from the very start;
  • Washington's retirement from military affairs - and concomitant dedication to agricultural pursuits;
  • Washington and Cincinnatus links - Lafayette, shipping plants to France for his own use;
  • American specimen range, Osgeanon-don-ha - Lafayette wish to ship these varieties to France;
  • English agrarian influences;
  • transforming La Grange – Lafayette, devoting time to agricultural readings;
  • political underpinnings of landscape - theme of tours, offered to foreign visitors visiting La Grange


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Lafayette's American Plants

  • English Agrarian Influences

  • Transforming La Grange

  • Planting Politics at La Grange

  • Notes