The books for 2021

The Longwood Gardens’ Community Read  is a program designed to encourage reading for
pleasure and start a conversation. In 2021,  readers will  explore where a fascination
with plants, gardens, and nature might start for someone. How it might grow into something
more? Perhaps flower into a career or hobby?

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

by J. Drew Lanham (adult book)

Birds are a lifelong passion for Drew Lanham and in his book, The Home Place, he examines his history and path, its influences, and his struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful, wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.


Ruby’s Birds

by Mya Thompson (for younger readers)

A little girl discovers her spark – birds -in her own city neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Her own journey begins.