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Longwood Community Read Book Group
May 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us in reading The Song of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell
Book Discussion, led by Megan Do Nascimento: Sunday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Registration is limited to 30 participants and includes a free copy of the book! We’ll be in contact for times to pick up your book at the Cope House in advance of the book discussion.
Location: The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Please park on Ardleigh St.
This event is part of the ninth annual Longwood Gardens’ Community Read– a program that brings books and people together to spur discussion about important ideas and topics. This year we ask readers: What would a tree tell us if we just took the time to listen?
About the book: Journey with David Haskell as he repeatedly visits a dozen trees in cities from Manhattan to Jerusalem, forests (Amazonian, North American, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change, including eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones. In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.
Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, The Songs of Trees reveals the biological connections that underpin all life. In a world beset by barriers, Haskell reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.
Megan Do Nascimento, Awbury Wellness Coordinator and Philadelphia native, is also a natural connector of bringing people to Awbury. Megan grew up in South West Philly steps away from a historical tree called “Buist Sophora” where she played “Mother May I” and hide-and-seek and also steps away from a historical champion white oak tree located in Howell Park in Germantown.