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Arboretum Library: Reading the Western Landscape Community Book Discussion 2021

The Arboretum Library contains a comprehensive collection of resources on gardening, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues, and some agriculture as these subjects relate to the plants native to and planted in Southern California.

About the Reading the Western Landscape Community Book Discussion


The Book Group explores the portrayal of western North American landscape in fiction, non-fiction, letters, drama, graphic novels, poetry, etc.  The group uses a modified version of the Shared Inquiry™ method developed by the Great Books Foundation. The chosen book of the month must be read in order to actively participate, although participants who only want to listen are welcome. Let the host know. New participants are welcome. When the weather is good and disease rates are low, the group meets outside in appropriate places in the gloriously, beautiful grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden with appropriate social distancing and masking. Currently the group is meeting In Person at the Arboretum and on Zoom.  Be sure to check the dates below for In Person dates and Zoom dates.

This Month's Book

Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 7 :00 p.m., PST, in person at the Arboretum!  We are back!  In order to be in the safest environment possible at the Arboretum we will meet in a group of socially distanced chairs in a beautiful area of the Arboretum.  I will be wearing a mask and there will be some walking to the site. We will have a cart if needed. 

In order to accommodate our far away participants and for those who can't meet with us in person, we will have a Zoom Community Book Discussion on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

RSVPs are necessary to or 626-821-3213.  Please designate which session, In-Person or on Zoom.  Please also e-mail Susan to be added to the Reading the Western Landscape Book Club e-mail reminder list.


Upcoming Dates, Times and Books for September-December 2021

Books already discussed in 2021