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SD HORT BOOK CLUB: Announcing The Next Quarter Reads!

By Karen England, for Let's Talk Plants! May 2022.

Wix stock photo of books.

You are invited to join the SD Hort Book Club
– everyone welcome.
SDHBC meets the first Monday of every month on Zoom at 4:30pm for Happy Half Hour social time and 5pm for book discussion. Zoom link is emailed directly to SDHBC members.

Interested? Send an email to with “book club” in the subject line.

May 2nd

Turn Here Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley.

The Votes Are In! Here's what we are reading in the next few months . . .

June 6th

The Arbornaut by Meg Lowman ©2021 Biography

(audio, eBook, hardcover, paperback)

With a voice as infectious in its enthusiasm as it is practical in its optimism, The Arbornaut chronicles Lowman’s irresistible story. From climbing solo hundreds of feet into the air in Australia’s rainforests to measuring tree growth in the northeastern United States, from searching the redwoods of the Pacific coast for new life to studying leaf eaters in Scotland’s Highlands, from conducting a BioBlitz in Malaysia to conservation planning in India and collaborating with priests to save Ethiopia’s last forests, Lowman launches us into the life and work of a field scientist, ecologist, and conservationist. She offers hope, specific plans, and recommendations for action; despite devastation across the world, through trees, we can still make an immediate and lasting impact against climate change. A blend of memoir and fieldwork account, The Arbornaut gives us the chance to live among scientists and travel the world―even in a hot-air balloon! It is the engrossing, uplifting story of a nerdy tree climber―the only girl at the science fair―who becomes a giant inspiration, a groundbreaking, ground-defying field biologist, and a hero for trees everywhere.

DATE CHANGE! August 1st

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit ©2021 Biography

(audio, eBook, hardcover, paperback)

“In the spring of 1936, a writer planted roses.” So begins Rebecca Solnit’s book, Orwell’s Roses, a reflection on George Orwell’s passionate gardening and the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and on the intertwined politics of nature and power.

September 5th

The Nature Of Oaks by Douglas w. Tallamy ©2021 Nonfiction

(audio, eBook, hardcover, paperback)

Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them.


There is a Muckety-muck Scotch! At that price only a very muckety muckety-muck could afford it!

Karen England is the head muckety-muck of the SD Hort Book Club. For the record, she drinks cheap scotch as she reads. . .


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