Beautiful Madness

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Penguin Group USA, Jan 30, 2007 - Gardening - 289 pages
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A horticultural fanaticÂ's yearlong journey to the worldÂ's greatest garden spots

When James Dodson fell for gardening, he fell hard—so hard that he soon found himself on a whirlwind tour of the globe, feeding his horticultural obsession at gardening shows in London and Philadelphia, smuggling cuttings from the estate of Thomas Jefferson, and eventually hanging off a cliff in the South African rain forest in his quest for new and exotic plant species. Dodson chronicles his year of green-thumb fever in Beautiful Madness, a story rooted in the fertile soil of AmericaÂ's passion for all things gardening. DodsonÂ's journey through other peopleÂ's gardens includes an encounter with the high rollers who bid top dollar at auctions of rare plants; a meeting with the retired business executive nicknamed the Botticelli of Bulbs; and a weekend with the Mad Man of Kew, whose wife tends the garden of Queen Victoria. A tale of one manÂ's mania for gardening—and of the many others who share it—Beautiful Madness is sure to stoke the passion of anyone who loves to dig in the dirt.

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User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

I love books like this that take me into a world that I didn't know anything about before. Read full review

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User Review  - Melitta - Goodreads

Author was irritating (repeating phrases incessantly, agrandising himself), writing was below average, but I was interested in the subject matter: gardens, garden shows (Philadelphia, Chelsea) and ... Read full review


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James Dodson is the author of Final Rounds, the 1996 bestseller that was named the “Golf Book of the Year” by the International Network of Golf. He is also the author of The Road to Somewhere, The Dewsweepers, and Faithful Travelers.

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