Beautiful Madness

Front Cover
Penguin Group USA, Jan 30, 2007 - Gardening - 289 pages
3 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Beautiful Madness

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

Review: Beautiful Madness

User Review  - Jim Fonseca - Goodreads

A romp through the world of gardening and a kind of a primer of what you need to know to talk gardening. We read of famous historical gardeners and gardens and famous stories of plant cultivation. The ... Read full review


Slightly Off in the Woods
Chapter 2

9 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

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.

Bibliographic information