On today’s episode of We Dig Plants we welcome Russell Shorto, an American author, historian, and journalist best known for his book on the Dutch origins of New York City, The Island at the Center of the World. The book is currently being developed into a dramatic series for PBS with Ridley Scott and David Zucker as executive producers. Shorto and hosts Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg discuss how so much of our American identity and horticultural heritage comes from the Dutch.


“Just in general, when you’re doing history, you’re always going back and forth from, I can’t believe how different things were to, I can’t believe things are exactly the same.” [40:00] – Russell Shorto