The Florida MGV Book Club

Cover of the book filled with a photo of green palmetto front and the title in yellow text

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 next book club title?

This spring we're excited to take a journey through Florida's natural history with a fresh-off-the-press title by a fellow Floridian. Join us as we read "The Palmetto Book: Histories and Mysteries of the Cabbage Palm" by natural historian, educator, and activist Jono Miller.

From Low Country sweetgrass baskets to Seminole chickees and an Elvis Presley movie set, the story of the cabbage palm touches on numerous dimensions of the natural and cultural history of the Southeast. Exploring both the past and present of this distinctive species, "The Palmetto Book" is a fascinating and enlightening journey.

How do I join the book club?

Simply purchase "The Palmetto Book" and you're in! Our spring title is available in multiple formats: an illustrated hardback and a Kindle e-book. You can purchase a hardback copy from the UF/IFAS Bookstore at a special discounted price. 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 Fridy, June 18th at 1:00 p.m. for a live meeting with author Jono Miller. We're excited to hear his thoughts and discuss our shared natural history.

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.