WEIRD Plants! Longwood Community Read book group (Pontponed)

June 01 - June 30
All day
WEIRD Plants! Longwood Community Read book group (Pontponed)

Please note: In an effort to follow the public health recommendations of social distancing in light of coronavirus/COVID-19, we have postponed this event.  We will update this page once we have determined the new date.  

Looking for a good winter read? Would you love to discover some plants you never dreamed existed?

Join one of our Longwood Community Read book groups and receive a free copy of Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood.

This event is free

*Please note: all of our free copies of the book have been claimed, but you are still welcome to register and join us for the book discussion.

“This unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap – plants you could scarcely imagine exist: carnivores that drug, drown and consume unsuspecting insect prey; flowers that mimic rotting flesh to attract pollinating flies, and orchids made to look feel and even smell like a female insect to bamboozle sex-crazed male bees.”

Author Chris Thorogood, an Oxford University botanist, showcases these plant behaviors and the intrigue of plant evolution. The book is illustrated throughout with unique, life like oil paintings by the author, who has encountered these weird plants from around the world. 

The book discussion group, led by Leo Cooper, will meet April 4th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Cope House (1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia). 

Leo Cooper is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philly Green Committee Chair and a member.  She is an avid gardener and has been gardening since she was a child.  She is a Master Gardener and is the president of the Northwest Gardening Association and co-president of the Indoor Plant Society of the Delaware Valley.  She is a member of The Community Garden Club of Awbury, the Philadelphia Cactus and Succulent Society, the American Begonia Society, and the Liberty Bell chapter of Gesneriad Society.  She is a Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor on horticulture, and she judges and has been a speaker at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  In addition, she provides horticultural programming to seniors and her community.