Synopses & Reviews
The vibrant, opinionated, and totally engaging voice of eighty-five-year-old Emily Whaley transforms a guided tour of one of the most visited private gardens in America into a magical adventure, alive with tidbits of advice and deeply moving reflections.
Gardeners are not the only ones who will be enchanted by this beautifully illustrated visit to Emily Whaley's breathtaking, half-century-old, 30 x 110-foot walled garden in Charleston. An ever-evolving work of art that draws 5 million visitors each year, the garden reflects Mrs. Whaley's determination to make the most of whatever life has to offer, and to bring love and care to every endeavor. As Craig Wilson wrote in USA Today, "She and her garden have matured together, sharing similar personalities and characteristics -- good bones with a few surprises thrown in for fun.
"Endlessly quotable...filled with anectodes, recipes, excellent gardening tips, and useful bits of practical advice". -- Patricia Fieldsteel, The New York Times Book Review
"Delightful...a chance to while away the hours with the entertaining creator of an enchanted garden". -- Francine Prose, People magazine
"(Whaley's) enthusiasm for life, for plants, and for the city of Charleston will infect you as easily as spring". -- Melissa Bigner, Southern Living