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SD HORT BOOK CLUB: Vote Now For Next 3 Reads

By Karen England, for Let's Talk Plants! December 2021.
Have you seen all the pillows for sale this holiday season with book clubs like ours in mind? This version can be found on Amazon but other catalogs have "I Read Past My Bedtime" pillows for sale. This one is a Cotton Linen Decorative Throw Pillow Case/Cushion Cover, Square 18" X18.

The next SD Hort Book Club meeting is on Zoom, on December 6th, at 4:30 pm for Happy Half Hour and 5 pm for the Book Club proper. We are reading Suzanne Simard’s book Finding the Mother Tree.


At the recent coffeeless “Coffee In The Garden” at my home in Vista, CA, I spread the majority of the books that we are currently in the throes of voting on for the next quarter’s readings onto my conference table in the barn for all the bookies to see and I had a signup sheet for anyone who wished to join us and, guess what? Five people have joined our little reading group. Isn’t that great?

Please join me in welcoming Mimi M., Georgia K., Marlene Z., Helen G., and Ronee K. to the book club.

We now number 28 regular members plus some irregular members who come and go as their schedules allow and as the books interest them. The Zoom link to the meeting will be emailed to all the members.

If you haven’t voted yet on the list below please do so as soon as possible. Send your three top choices from the list to me

Please note that the previous list published did not include The Multifarious Mr. Banks by Toby Musgraves, it was cut off the list accidentally. If you have already voted and this addition changes your vote just email me your corrected vote.


At the upcoming book club meeting on Dec. 6, we will discuss the schedule for the next four months.


  • In Search of Lost Roses by Thomas Christopher

  • Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

  • Uprooted by Page Dickey

  • Turn Here for Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley

  • Vanilla by Patricia Rain

  • Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid by Tim Encott

  • The Complete Writings Of Kate Sessions In California Garden, New Edition, by San Diego Floral Association*

  • How To Eat Your Christmas Tree by Julia Georgallis

  • The Backyard Parables by Margaret Roach

  • The Seed Keeper - A Novel by Diane Wilson

  • The Shaker Book of the Garden by Lorraine Harrison

  • The Arbornaut by Meg Lowman

  • The Nature of Oaks by Douglas W. Tallamy

  • A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery

  • All my Edens by Pat Welsh*

  • Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

  • Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit

  • Theodosia, The Flower Wizard Of California by Myrtle Shepherd Francis

  • Added book - The Multifarious Mr. Banks by Toby Musgrave


Have you heard of

I had not heard of it until recently when several of the books on our voting list that I bought online recently came with information about reselling the books when I’m done, and I’m passing along the info to you -

Once you’ve read and enjoyed a book but it’s not a keeper, why not sell your books at! Go to and get an instant quote. They even pay the shipping to their warehouse. See what your old books are worth today!


Cheers for now,

Karen England

SD Hort Book Club Head Muckety-muck


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