Meet Vivian Swift, when she presents and signs GARDENS OF AWE AND FOLLY: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening .

An illustrated, round-the-world tour of idiosyncratic gardens from beloved traveler/writer/watercolorist Vivian Swift

Vivian Swift sees the extraordinary in the ordinary, whether in her own backyard, as lovingly detailed in When Wanderers Cease to Roam, or on the road in France, which she described in Le Road Trip. Gardens of Awe and Folly, the third of Vivian's beautifully illustrated journeys, is an idiosyncratic non-gardeners gardening book. Readers won't find tips on planting, soil, or sunlight. Instead, Vivian takes us to ten gardens around the world, from New Orleans and Key West to Paris and Marrakech, sharing their particular charms through the Swiftian lens.

In Scotland, brilliant green fescue shines through the rain of a gray day. In New Orleans, a Tahitian Dawn Bougainvillea has survived Katrina, and a Rambling Rose has taken hold of a FEMA trailer. In Paris, Vivian laments the loss of an old willow tree in the Square du Vert-Galant. And in Key West, she counter-intuitively cheers for an invasive species, the Australian pine, which stands out at Fort Zach Beach against a monotony of palm trees. Vivian's collection of pleasure gardens provides a metaphor for cultivation of a grander sort: of self, desire, and contentment.

Vivian Swift is a freelance writer and former assistant vice president of Christie's Inc. This is her third illustrated travel memoir. Her previous books earned the praise of Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) who says, “J’adore Vivian Swift -- my favorite traveler writer!”

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

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Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
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ISBN: 9781632860279
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 1st, 2016

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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