The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves

The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Wed, Jun 1, 2022
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

“We think of ourselves as the user, the interpreter, the giver of meaning—as the protagonist. But a garden can be protagonist. A garden can act on us, change us.” — James Golden

To celebrate the release of his acclaimed recent book The View from Federal Twist, join James Golden for the story behind his eponymous garden. Golden explores the garden’s cultural, historical, and literary influences, its horticultural experiments and how it triggered awakenings in the author along the way. Part experimental horticulturist and part philosopher, Golden describes how he listened to the site, made a conscious decision not to improve the land, planted large, competitive plants into rough grass, then watched and waited as sustainable plant communities evolved.

Wednesday, June 1
4 to 5 p.m. Illustrated talk and Q & A

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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PLEASE NOTE: At this time, Atlanta Botanical Garden has dropped their mask mandate. They will continue to follow and enforce local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines as they change. Mask mandate may be reinstated at the date of this event.

About James Golden

James Golden, born in Mississippi, though resident in New York City for most of his adult life, was a writer in the corporate world. Nearing retirement, and embarking on what he happily calls la vita nuova, he moved to a property in western New Jersey to make a garden. He also began a now well-known blog, The View from Federal Twist. Now 15 years on, James is a celebrated garden maker and thinker whose garden, Federal Twist, has featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Gardens Illustrated, the Financial Times, Horticulture, Elle Décor, Gardenista, Better Homes and Gardens, in several books, and, notably, in the BBC film series American Gardens, hosted by Monty Don. James recently published a new book on his garden—The View from Federal Twist:  a New Way of Thinking about Gardens, Nature and Ourselves.


The Garden Conservancy educational programs are made possible in part by the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund and the Lenhardt Education Fund, with additional support from Ritchie Battle, Camille Butrus, Courtnay and Terrence Daniels, Rise S. Johnson, and Susan and William McKinley. Additional support is provided by The Celia Hegyi Matching Challenge Grant.