Hannibal Free Public Library

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh

April 28, 2014

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.



 1. The story starts with a fire. What happens to Victoria ? How does she react?

2. The Language of Flowers goes back and forth in time and each section is titled. What’s the first section called and how does it fit Victoria ?

3. What do you think of Meredith , Victoria ’s caseworker? Could she have done more for Victoria ?

4. What flower does Victoria choose to give Meredith? Is Victoria ’s assessment fair?

5. Meredith leaves Victoria with $20 and the advice to get a job. What does Victoria do instead? Why do you think she is so unconcerned with her future?

6. Why does Elizabeth begin trying to reconnect with her sister? Did you sympathize with Elizabeth ’s focus on this?

7. How does Victoria test Elizabeth at the beginning? What happens after this initial testing period? What does Elizabeth tell Victoria about her behavior?

8. What characters come into Victoria ’s life? Did you like them? Why or why not? What did you think of the “flower vendor” at first? Did your opinion change?

9. Victoria doesn’t recognize Grant at the flower market. What does he give her and how does she respond?

10. Victoria ends up in the library to find out the meaning of white poplar. What other discovery does she make and why is this problematic?