Synopses & Reviews
A serendipitous, fender-bending encounter between the author, a distinguished landscape architect, and a wealthy Frenchman in Provence leads to the strangest, funniest horticultural odyssey in recent memory. The rich, eccentric Frenchman has just finished renovating, with great care and attention, a beautiful house in Provence. But the elegant courtyard looks very empty. “Find me the oldest olive tree in existence,” he challenges the author, “and bring it back to take pride of place in my garden.”
The authors travels take him to the olive groves of France, the farms of Greece and Spain, and many backyards of Italy. Along the way, he encounters a 3,000-year-old tree, a farmer who wont sell his tree unless he can sell the farm that surrounds it, mafiosi skullduggery in the plant world, unscrupulous dealers, divided families, local weddings, farcical disasters, and a village that believes a drop of rain that has touched the leaves of the Angel Tree will cure any illness or sadness.
A vastly entertaining, utterly charming adventure in search of the oldest olive tree in the world, told by the talented landscape artist assigned to find it no matter the cost.
About the Author
Alex Dingwall-Main was born in Scotland. He has run a garden design practice for over twenty-five years, and is a broadcaster and writer for the BBC, the Sunday Times, and magazines such as House and Garden. He lives in Provence.