Beautiful Madness

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jan 30, 2007 - Gardening - 289 pages
A horticultural fanatic┬'s yearlong journey to the world┬'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 America┬'s passion for all things gardening. Dodson┬'s journey through other people┬'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 man┬'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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Dodson, a well-known golf writer who achieved popularity withA Golfer├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs Life (in collaboration with Arnold Palmer), is a witty and gifted scribe with a keen eye for details, a penchant for ... 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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