Winter Book Group

For the upcoming months we will be sharing our lectures via Zoom. Watch your email for the link. If you are not a member you can signup here to receive the link.

Winter | 2021-2022 Dates

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • A year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd, presented by Alex Eames
  • Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows by Ruth Scurr presented by Alejandro Saralegui
  • Beauty of the Wild: A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature by Darrel Morrison, presented by Julie Sakellariadis

Saturday, January 15, 2022

  • The Soil Will Save us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson, presented by Pat Nadosy
  • The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom, presented by Carleen Borsella
  • Unearthing the Secret Garden: The Plants and Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett by Marta McDowell, presented by Alicia Whitaketr

Saturday, December 18, 2021

  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard, presented by Scott Sottile
  • The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by Jennifer Jewell, presented by Sarah Alford.

In anticipation of the gift giving season, Joan DiMonda will review a collection of children’s books that will engage, inform and delight the children in our lives!

  • Forests by Jess French, Illustrated by Alexander Mostov
  • Tell me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons
  • Can You Hear the Trees Talking by Peter Wohlleben
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • If you go down to the Woods Today by Rachel Piercey Illustrated by Freya Hartas

Winter | 2020-2021 Dates

Saturday, December 19th, 2020
The New American Landscape by Thomas Christopher, presented by Sue Brackett
Uprooted by Page Dickey, presented by Scott Sottile
Windcliff: A story of People, Plants and Gardens by Daniel J. Hinkley, presented by Alicia Whitaker

Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Planting the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf, presented by Sarah Alford
Ancestral Plants Volume 2 by Arthur Haines, presented by Terry Berger
Spirit of Place by Bill Noble,  presented by Joan DiMonda

Saturday, February 20th, 2021                                                                                                                                   
Garden Dreams Illustrated and Edited by Ferris Cook, Presented by Michael Longacre
Wilding by Isabell Tree, presented by Abby Clough Lawless
Reflections of Paradise: The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho by Gordon Taylor, presented by Carleen Borsella

Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Please join HAH for a special winter book group presentation. Author Stephen Heyman will join us via zoom to discuss his book The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the seeds of a food revolution.


Winter | 2019-2020 Dates

December 14, 2019 – this session only meets at NOON!

Ernest Cavallo: The Galanthophiles, Hamer and Kilpatrick

Judy Freeman, The Front Garden, New Approaches to Landscape Design, Mary Riley Smith

Janet Ollinger, The Songs of Trees, David George Haskell

January 18, 2020

Betty Pasteur: Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Douglas W. Tallamy

Alicia Whitaker: The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance, Ken Druse

Susan Kennedy Zeller: Trees in Art, Charles Watkins

February 15, 2020

Sarah Alford: Les Quatres Vents, Frank Cabot

Scott Sottile:  The Education of a Gardener, Russell Page

Elaine Peterson: Painted Gardens: English Watercolours, 1850-1914, Penelope Hobhouse                                and Christopher Wood

March 21, 2020  please note earlier time start at 10 am this month!!

Carolyn Gemake – Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm by Jack Staub and Renny Reynolds

Wendy Serkin – The Nature of Life and Death/Everybody Leaves a Trace by Patricia Wiltshire

Ursula Thomas – The Water Garden by Anthony Paul and Yvonne Rees


Winter | 2018-2019 Dates

December 15, 2018 –

Scott Sottile – The Backyard Parables by Margaret Roach

Alicia Whitaker – The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Jane Holden

Donna Murray from the Hampton Library will speak to us about the library and it’s programs.

January 19, 2019

Richard Russo: The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievement of Earthworms – Amy Stewart

Pamela Harwood: Gardening with Foliage First – Karen Chapman & Christina Salwitz

Susan Brackett: The English Vicarage Garden – Miss Read & Piers Dudgeon

February 16, 2019

Elaine Peterson: Heroes of Horticulture – Barbara Paul Robinson

Carleen Borsella: The Wild Garden – William Robinson & Rick Darke

Joan Wilson: Capability Brown: Designing the English Landscape – John Phibbs

March 16, 2019

Sarah Alford: Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Squares – Judith Tankard

Susan K. Zeller: The Overstory – Richard Powers

Jane Iselin: The Inward Garden – Julie Moir Messervy


Winter | 2017-2018 Dates
December 16, 2017

Mike DeVito: The Passion for Gardening, Inspiration for a Lifetime – Ken Druse

Pamela Harwood: Founding Gardeners -Andrea Wolf

Scott Sottile: Planting in a Post-Wild World
Thomas Rainer & Claudia West

January 20, 2018

Elaine Peterson: The Rockefeller Family Gardens  – Larry Lederman

Alicia Whitaker: Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend – Merle Gordon

Susan Zeller: Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design – W. Gary Smith

February 17, 2018

Lydia Wallis: Elements of Garden Design, Joe Eck

Carol Spencer:  The Gardens of Winterthur in All Seasons, Harold Bruce

Jane Iselin:  Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them, Cynthia Zaitsevsky

March 17, 2018

Erika Shank: Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style – Joseph Tychonievich

Janet Ollinger: Head Gardeners – Ambra Edwards

Carleen Borsello: The Company of Trees – Thomas Parkenham