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Horticulture Hysteria: The Wylie Family's participation in the 19th Century Gardening Craze

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As Theophilus and Rebecca Wylie moved their family into Wylie House in 1859, a movement wasovertaking American society. An interest in horticulture, or appreciating plants apart from theirnutritional value, was no longer only for the elite, but became popular throughout all levels and locations of American society. Americans of the Victorian era believed that getting back to nature was the cure for industrialization and the ills of modernization. 

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