In this episode of We Dig Plants, Executive Director Susan Lacerte of the Queens Botanical Garden and former Executive Director Roland “Chuck” Wade talks about how Flushing is the birthplace of the American horticultural industry. Prince Nursery was the first ever commercial catalog of plants. They came out around when the Boston Massacre was in 1737. This catalog was released when most people were still subsistence farming. Tune in to hear about how Americans saved the French wine industry and plants inspired the founding fathers.


“We all come from some heritage of growing plants and eating plants.” [32:00]

–Susan Lacerte on We Dig Plants

“A country is only as strong as its soil.” [45:30]

–Roland “Chuck” Wade on We Dig Plants