Keep this book by your bedside or tuck it into your luggage enroute to your next vacation ... it's the perfect little volume for garden lovers. In her latest book, Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening (Bloomsbury USA, 2016), author and illustrator Vivian Swift takes you on a journey to nine gardens around the world she's found to be utterly entrancing.
From a private rose garden in New Orleans (post-Katrina) to the Japanese Stroll Garden on Long Island to Paris, Rio, Key West and more, Swift shares her garden travels through engaging observations, histories, travel tips, and simply lovely watercolor illustrations.
It's enchanting and lively and inspirational, and will tempt you out to discover unknown spaces that many a traveler would not want to miss.
As Swift puts it in a very brief introduction, "If all you ask of a garden is What?, then all you'll probably get in reply is a planting list. But ask, instead, Why? How? When? and, most of all, Who?, and then you're in for a nice long conversation." Swift has had all those conversations, and shares with you, the reader, the fascinating answers to her questions.