Book Group Selections

2020

Dancing With Bees:  A Journey Back to Nature by Brigit Strawbridge Howard

An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas Tallamy

The Earth in Her Hands by Jennifer Jewell

2019

American Eden – David Hosaek – Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson

The Overstory by Richard Powers

A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield

The Indigo Girl, A Novel by Natasha Boyd

2018 

Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto by Leslie Buck. A memoir. Three themes – a woman’s journey in life, adaption to a new culture and discovery of a career in gardening.

Discussion of All The Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell

(also author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life) was held on Feb 20, 2018.

Discussion on The History Of Bees by Maja Lunde was held on January 23, 2018.

2017 

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann

Lab Girl by Hope Jahrenby

The Hidden Life of Trees:  What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleban

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

A donation of $50.00 was given to the Groton Public Library for the purchase of a subscription to “Garden Design”.

2016 

The Plant Hunters: Two Hundred Years of Adventure and Discovery Around the World by Toby Musgrave and Chris Gardner. This is the story of the men who discovered and brought back many exotic new plants from remote lands; these plants shaped western garden design for 200 years. The stories are illustrated with portraits, photographs, and maps.  The discussion was held on February 9, 2016.

2014-2015

The Care & Handling of Roses with Thorns: A Novel by Margaret Dilloway

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristen Kimball

The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders by Rowan Jacobsen

Summer Reading

We read a selection of gardening-themed mysteries, including three Garden Society Mysteries by Alyse Carlson:

The Azalea Assault, Keeping Mum, and The Begonia Bribe, 

and more garden mysteries from Neal Sanders:

The Garden Club Gang, A Murder in the Garden Club, and A Murder at the Flower Show 

2013-2014

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Glynis Ridley

The Tulip by Anna Pavord

Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History: The Quest to Restore a Working Farm at Vita Sackville-West’s Legendary Garden by Adam Nicolson

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales by Marta McDowell

2012-2013

Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead by Justin Martin

The Land of Blue Poppy by Francis Ward

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today by Catherine Horwood

2011-2012

2010-2011

The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine by Todd Kilman

Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile by John Hanson Mitchell

The Trees in My Forest by Bernd Heinrich

2009-2010

2008-2009

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston

Seedfolks by Paul Feischman

The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Garden of Ethnic America by Patricia Klindienst

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

2005-2006

Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman

Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other late Natural History Writings by Henry David Thoreau

Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell

2004-2005

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart

An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter

2003-2004

The Writer in the Garden edited by Jane Garmey

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Noah’s Garden by Sara Stein

2002-2003

The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness by John Hanson Mitchell

Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi

The Gardener’s Year by Karel Capek

The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell

2001-2002

Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine S. White

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

A Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd

The Landscaping Revolution: Garden with Mother Nature, Not Against Her by Andy Wasowski and Sally Wasowski

2000-2001

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Second Nature by Michael Pollan

1999-2000

Men and Gardens by Nan Fairbrother

The 3,000-Mile Garden by Leslie Lend

Stalking the Wild Amaranth by Janet Marinelli