James Golden



You may do unexpected things – a book review by James Golden

March 24, 2016

This looks like an unusually exciting book. (It’s on order..) I’m begining to wonder if America has all the best gardens now? Anne Wareham, editor A review of The Art of Gardening:  Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer by R. William Thomas and the Chanticleer gardeners “The entrance to the Chanticleer garden, in […]

And the view from the UK by Mark Laurence

February 25, 2016

I think that ‘Planting’ is an important book, but I was also struck when I read James’ review  that this was one of those times when the differences between the UK and America was quite significant. So I was very pleased when Mark Laurence offered thinkingardens a UK focused review of the book. And here it is. Anne […]



Re-imagining Nature – a review by James Golden of “Planting in A Post Wild World”

January 8, 2016

The beginning of this review will seems strange to many of our readers outside America, but don’t be put off. I think this book may be important for all serious garden thinkers. Or – does it echo themes which are already very familiar to UK thinkingardeners? Anne Wareham, editor           Since […]

Too polished? Review of the blog ‘View from Federal Twist’ by Lucy Masters

June 4, 2014

A very long time ago I promised you reviews of blogs, and indeed, I’ve had this one for a while, as usual. But here it is at last, and it’s by Lucy Masters, the amazing organiser of the thinkingardens suppers (sorry, the Veddw one is fully booked already). And it’s of a blog by another […]



The High Line: more than the sum of its parts

February 14, 2011

“But it wasn’t Piet Oudolf who got most of the early press about the High Line. New Yorkers are far more interested in architects and landscape architects than garden designers, and in this case it was the elevated rail line itself, and its very costly rehabilitation, that was the focus of public and media hype. Now that the aerial garden has been opened to the public for over a year, the plantings themselves are garnering more public acclaim.”

The Battery Bosque: prairie as metaphor by James Golden

September 10, 2008
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“What better designer than Piet Oudolf, who works in a vocabulary of plant materials characterized by sturdy geometric form, durable structure, and the ability to provide visual appeal even through winter weather?”



James Golden on Allusion in Gardens

September 5, 2007

‘I find much to agree with in the ‘trialogue’ on Allusion in Gardens by Noel Kingsbury, Yue Zhuang, and Anne Wareham, but I’m disturbed by heavy emphasis, particularly Noel Kingsbury’s, on the need to find new languages (garden languages) to speak to the present. Of course, we do need to do this, but not to the exclusion of rich allusory experience…….’