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2022 Horticultural Lecture Series

New Aesthetics for Public Spaces & The View From Federal Twist

An ongoing, annual series, Wave Hill’s Horticultural Lectures are devoted to garden design and the meaning of our interactions with plants and the natural world. The series is curated by Wave Hill and its Friends of Horticulture Committee.

The first two lectures in the 2022 series took place virtually, in January and February, allowing us to expand our audience far beyond Wave Hill and metropolitan New York City.

New Aesthetics for Public Spaces
January 19, 2022

A garden designer and a landscape architect with the Montgomery County Department of Parks of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Ching-Fang Chen is passionate about deepening the connections between people and the environment. For the past decade, she has worked relentlessly to reinvent public parks by promoting good design and innovation. Her talk will share how she fuses cultural and ecological values into design to deliver a more essential expression of beauty. Ms. Chen holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

The View From Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves
February 16, 2022

‘It woke me up,’ says Thomas Rainer, writing about Federal Twist in the foreword to James Golden’s new book The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves.

Making his garden woke Golden up, too. The site was terrible—a waste of derelict woodland, shade and heavy, wet clay. As Golden thought his way through the constraints of the place, the emerging garden triggered new awakenings, and led him to a new way of thinking about gardens, nature and himself. Golden will tell us about this new way of thinking, and how it changed his life.