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Florida Master Gardener Book Club

Announcing the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club

The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is proud to announce its inaugural FMGV Book Club. Beginning this month, we invite you to join us for a community reading of “The Foodscape Revolution” by Brie Arthur.

Although the book club is hosted by the Florida MGV Program, everyone is invited: experienced and beginning gardeners, book lovers, and anyone passionate about learning with their fellow plant enthusiasts. We are thrilled with the growing interest in gardening and sustainable home food production, and excited to connect with our communities in this new way.

What is “foodscaping”?

Foodscape Revolution

Foodscaping is an emerging trend in gardening. The principle is simple: foodscapers incorporate both edible and ornamental plants into their landscaping. Foodscapes are not only attractive but also productive and environmentally friendly.

In these versatile landscapes, gardeners enjoy the fruits of their labors, even in communities with dedicated homeowners associations or little room for gardening. It’s an easy entry point for edibles and still a challenge for veteran gardeners. For those interested in home food production, or just looking for a new way to connect, the book club promises to be a rewarding experience.

How do I join the book club?

Simply purchase the book, directly from the author or from an online bookseller like Amazon.com, and you’re in. This month’s choice, The Foodscape Revolution, is available in hardcover and as an e-book (Kindle, etc.).

To discuss the book and share your thoughts with readers around the state, follow the Florida MGV Program 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 host virtual meetings with Wendy Wilber, our State Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator.

When should I start reading? Book Club Reading Schedule by April 26 Intro and Chapter 2. Then by May 3 Chapters 3 and 4. Then by May 10 Chapter 5. And finally by May May 17 Patio Pots.

Please feel free to read at your own pace, or to follow our suggested reading schedule. The discussions on social media will follow this schedule, but you are welcome to join in at any time.

Will we meet to discuss the book?

Yes. Wendy Wilber will host a live, virtual book club meeting at the end of five weeks. Check the May issue of our newsletter, the Neighborhood Gardener, or follow our social media accounts for details.

Local Master Gardener volunteers, friends, and neighbors are also encouraged to read and discuss together all month long. We encourage local groups to meet up virtually through social media, video conferencing platforms, or by phone.

However you decide to connect with us, we’re excited to continue growing with you. Thank you for being a part of our community here at UF/IFAS.