Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening

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Nine masterpiece gardens.
Nine stories of grandeur, sorrow, disaster, triumph, discovery, and joy.
From Scotland to Key West, from Brazil to Paris--even right next door--there is always something to learn about being human from a great garden.

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Vivian Swift is the author of When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put and Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France. When not traveling, she lives on Long Island Sound with her husband.

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"An engaging guide to gardens in locales ranging from Key West and post-Katrina New Orleans to Paris ('gardening capital of the world') and Marrakech . . . whimsical." ―Kirkus Reviews

"[A] seductive illustrated travelogue . . . there is loveliness and wit through whimsical words and pictures . . . Her splashy watercolors, washing joyfully throughout, include a lesson on how to paint fall leaves." ―Publishers Weekly

"Charming . . . a voyage to nine gardens around the world and [Swift’s] many adventures exploring them." ―Times-Picayune, Inside Out Magazine

"Swift artfully combines history, humor and horticulture to recount journeys to nine magical gardens in different parts of the world . . . This delightful journal touches the heart and moves the spirit." - The Oregonian

“I probably cannot adequately convey how much I absolutely loved reading When Wanderers Cease to Roam . . . It's charming, delightful and captivating . . . A perfect gift for travelers, those with artistic souls, those with a sense of wonder, those who are hug-the-hearths--in short, nearly everyone on your gift list.” ―Nancy Pearl, NPR.org, on WHEN WANDERERS CEASE TO ROAM

"J'adore Vivian Swift--my favorite travel writer, my favorite travel doodler. This book is a little secret pocket of treasure and intimacy. Enjoy every careful and carefree detail!" ―Elizabeth Gilbert on LE ROAD TRIP

“Swift's narrative feels like a vacation . . . A fun, funny, and wonderful experience; highly recommended.” ―Library Journal on LE ROAD TRIP

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