By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Got any resolutions for the New Year? If they include learning more, meeting new people, or becoming a better gardener, why not join some other garden and book lovers who get together at the Scott Arboretum once a month to discuss a book they’ve read.

The first book of the New Year is Jim Robbins’ The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. It’s about a Michigan nurseryman on a mission to clone the world’s champion trees. Those are the largest, hardiest trees that exist – to create sort of a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of tree genetics to ensure they’ll still be around long into the future.

To join the discussion, read the book and show up at the Wister Center on the Swarthmore College campus, Wednesday, January 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

It’s free and open to everyone – you’re just asked to register in advance so they’ll know to expect you, call 610-328-8025.

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Oh, and remember to read the book!