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Book Launch at Mead Garden

May 2 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Wind Down Your Weekend with Book Launch Gathering at Mead Botanical Garden

Introducing two new books by Rollins College Environmental Studies professors:

The Wilder Heart of Florida

Co-edited by Leslie Poole, PhD and Jack E. Davis

Portland’s Good Life: Sustainability & Hope in An American City

By R. Bruce Stephenson, PhD

The program and book signing features Leslie Poole and Bruce Stephenson, both accomplished writers and long-time friends of Mead Garden.

Additional readings by Susan Lilley (City of Orlando Poet Laureate), Claire Strom, PhD, and Terry Thaxton, who contributed to The Wilder Heart of Florida.

Both books will be available for purchase at the event.

Admission is FREE!

Register to attend!

Complimentary beverages and lite bites served.

Event will be outdoors, weather permitting, and in the Azalea Lodge at Mead, if rainy.

On-site book sales benefit Mead Botanical Garden; royalites from sales go to The Nature Conservancy’s Florida Chapter

All CDC guidelines followed.

About the Featured Books…

The Wilder Heart of Florida

In this captivating collection, Florida’s most notable authors, poets, and environmentalists take readers on a journey through the natural wonders of the state. Continuing in the legacy of the beloved classic The Wild Heart of Florida, this book features 34 pieces by a new slate of well-known and emerging writers.

“If you haven’t fallen madly in love with the wild heart of Florida by the end of this book, check your pulse.” — Janine Farver, former executive director, Florida Humanities Council

Portland’s Good Life: Sustainability & Hope in An American City

In Portland’s Good Life, Professor Stephenson examines how Portland became a model city for living the good life.

“By harnessing the synergy of social justice and smart planning, cities can build neighborhoods where affordable housing is mandatory, the pedestrian realm is sacrosanct, citizens have a role in governance, and the sidewalk ballet fosters the social capital that elevates community life.”

Does this Stephenson quote tickle your curiosity? Then bike or hike to Mead Garden on May 2 to learn more!

About other presenters from “The Wilder Heart….”

Susan Lilley, Orlando’s Poet Laureate –

As Orlando’s official storyteller, Lilley serves as a prominent figure in the city’s cultural and literary arts communities. Lilley is a teacher at Trinity Prep, and has taught at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Claire Strom, PhD – Rollins College Professor of History | Department Chair

Strom specializes in Agricultural history, the American South and progressive era.

Terry Thaxton – University of Central Florida Associate Professor of English | Creative Writing MFA Program Director

If you are unable to attend, but wish to purchase a book, email Valerie@meadgarden.org

Mead Botanical Garden is Grateful to Event Sponsors

Sue and Steve Foreman


Pamela Saffran, LMHC

Winter Park Magazine

For more information, meadgarden.org

Garden Location: 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789

Mail: P.O. Box 1227, Winter Park, FL32790