The Florida MGV Book Club

Cover of the book Florida Oranges: a Colorful History, with a photo of oranges on a tree and a historical photo of an orange grove

Are you looking for a good read? Or interested in connecting with gardeners around the state? You are invited to join us for a community reading.

What’s the current book club title?

This summer we're looking at Florida history through the lens of the state's most famous crop: oranges! Author Erin Thursby's "Florida Oranges: A Colorful History" is a must-read for Florida natives and newcomers. If you're a born and raised Floridian, this will be a trip down memory lane, rich in details about the places you know and love. And for our recently relocated residents, what better way to get to know your new home?

Take a break from weeding, pour yourself a cold drink, and read along with us this summer. "Florida Oranges" is a short read but packed with stories about the birth of the Sunshine State. From Ponce de Leon's first groves in St. Augustine to the current citrus greening crisis, Erin Thursby covers it all. We'll be sharing plenty of tips for homegrown citrus along the way, too.

How do I join the book club?

Simply purchase "Florida Oranges" and you're in! Our summer title is available in full-color hardback and paperback and also as a Kindle e-book. A note to our readers who prefer large print, we suggest purchasing the e-book so the text size can be adjusted.

To share your thoughts and discuss with readers around the state, follow us on social media. We'll be posting frequently on Instagram (@Florida.Master.Gardeners) and Facebook (@florida.mastergardeners). There we will share discussion questions, quotes, pictures, and video discussions with our State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator, Wendy Wilber.

Will we meet to discuss the book?

Yes! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m. for a live meeting with author Erin Thursby. Check the next issue of the Neighborhood Gardener newsletter or our social media accounts for registration instructions for this live event.

Check the next issue of the Neighborhood Gardener newsletter or our social media accounts for registration instructions for this live event.

But you don't have to wait until the end of the month to gather with other book club members. Local Master Gardener Volunteers, naturalists, friends, and neighbors may enjoy reading the book and discussing together all month long. We encourage local groups of readers to meet up virtually when meeting in person is difficult. Consider using social media platforms, Zoom, Skype, or making a phone call.

However you decide to connect, we're excited to read and grow with you. Thank you for being a part of our community.

Book List

Interested in what we've previously read? See the MGV Book List.