The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club

Cover of the book The Triumph of Seeds, by Thor Manson is light green with images of different seeds and the word seeds bigger than other words

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 plan for the month of July and August?

What do a morning coffee, a garden flower, a PB&J sandwich, a kitchen table, and a chocolatey late-night snack all have in common? It's easy to forget how many items we take for granted begin as seeds. This July and August the Florida MGV Book Club will be diving into the wonderful world of grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, and pips with "The Triumph of Seeds," by Thor Hanson.

Take a break from weeding, pour yourself a cold drink, and read along with us this summer! Equal parts natural history and human history, Thor Hanson takes his readers on a journey to the rainforests of Central America, along the spice routes of the Malabar Coast, and across the ocean with the early European explorers. It's the fascinating story of the seeds that "conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history."

How do I join the book club?

Simply purchase the book, directly from the UF/IFAS Extension bookstore or from an online bookseller like, and you're in. "The Triumph of Seeds" is available in multiple formats: hardback, paperback, audio book, and Kindle e-book. A note to our readers who prefer large print: we suggest purchasing an e-book, so the text size can be adjusted. For the month of July the UF/IFAS Extension bookstore will be offering the paperback edition at a discounted price, so order soon!

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?

The Triumph of Seeds reading schedule: read the preface and intro by July 18, chapters one and two by July 25, chapters three and four by August first, chapters five and six by August 8, chapters seven and eight by August 15, chapters nine and ten by August 22, chapters 11 and 12 by August 29, and finish the book by September 5

Yes! Wendy Wilber will host a statewide, virtual book club meeting at the end of our four weeks of reading. Check the August issue of the Neighborhood Gardener newsletter or our social media accounts for details. We'll use these platforms to announce the Florida MGV Book Club's next pick, too.

But you don't have to wait until the end of the month to gather with other book club members. Local Master Gardener volunteers, 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.