"With a breezy, infectious enthusiasm Scott offers a vividly engaging account of big-time rose competition and the seemingly average people who take leave of their senses in this addictively sensory pursuit." --Booklist
"Investigative visits with some gung-ho rose-lovers, who reveal their methods motivation and super-competitive ways. Scott, a journalist and rose grower in Portland, Maine, treks cross-country from her hometown to various sunny spots in California, stopping at the homes of numerous rose experts to find out why the flowers enthrall these cheerful, hardworking, deeply committed people. . . .Along the way Scott offers some fascinating bits of historical trivia. . .The laborious agonies of creating beauty, captured in relaxed, anecdotal prose." --Kirkus Reviews
"This fun read . . . offers the rose lover's equivalent of the film Best in Show. . . . [Scott] observes this fascinating subculture lovingly. . . . You don't have to aspire to showing the world's best-ever 'Peace' to enjoy the ride, and Scott manages to sprinkle plenty of fascinating rose history into her brew."
"Scott leads readers through the slow, diabolical transition that takes 'otherwise normal people' from hobbyist to serious grower, putting rose-mania in perspective for the rosarian and the amateur. She has a light, humorous style. . . .You will never look at a rose the same way again."
"Has done for rose growers what the mockumentary 'Best in Show' did for dog shows and 'The Orchid Thief' did for orchid collectors. . . . [Scott] explores a subculture that is as entertaining as it is obsessive."--Boston Globe
"Her book will amaze and entertain. . . . If you enjoy the deeply focused but friendly nature of gardeners, you'll savor every page of this true story of passion and obsession."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The rose gardener's answer to our recent intrigue with dog-show people, spelling-bee aficionados, bird-watchers and any other over-the-top hobbyist who, when viewed closely, demonstrates how human nature can hang its hat on one topic ferociously so."--Rocky Mountain News
"A testament to the sheer nuttiness of what happens when you cross unchecked human ambition with nature."--Seattle Times