Winter Book Group


From December through March the Winter Book Review Group meets in the HAH library on the third Saturday of the month at 11:00 am.  Volunteer reviewers make their own choices of what they would like to read and comment upon. You need not read the books yourself. The reviewers are doing that for you and then after hearing their review you can decide if you want to read it yourself. This program is open to the public as well as members and is a great way to spend a winter morning at HAH. Ursula Thomas is our moderator.

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


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


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



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