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BOOK CLUB: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

By Kaye Wren.

The Language of Flowers paperback cover.

Book Club meets on Zoom the last Monday of every month at 6pm.

To join, send an email to with the subject "Book Club". A Zoom link will be sent to all who join.

January 25th, 6pm. The book to read and be discussed with emphasis on the horticulture it contains -

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers hardback cover.

Book Overview:


The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what's been missing in her life. And when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

“You should see the way she smiles when I rattle off the names of the orchids in the greenhouse: oncidium, dendrobium, bulbophyllum, and epidendrum, tickling her face with each blossom. I wouldn't be surprised if 'Orchidaceae' was her first word.” ― Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Looking Ahead -

NEXT MONTH: February 22nd 2021 6pm Zoom

As mentioned by John Clements in his December 2020 presentation on the History of Citrus in California!

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone (available online and wherever books are sold.

Photo credit: Karen England.
Kaye Wren's January 2021 stack of reading materials. What's in your stack?

Kaye Wren is just one of editor Karen England's many noms de plume.


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