Felix de Rosen Presents His New Book "A Garden's Purpose"

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 pm when ecological designer and author FELIX DE ROSEN comes to read from, discuss, and sign his new book A Garden's Purpose: Cultivating Our Connection With the Natural World. It's a book filled with essays and stories to inspire us to nurture diverse, meaningful relationships with gardens and landscapes.

The event is free, but you must register on Eventbrite online or contact the store.

The garden provides a powerful, generous way of looking at the world. Through stories and essays, this gracious volume, written in a highly accessible tone, invites readers on a journey to understand gardens as places where we build mutually beneficial relationships with the living world around us.

As beautiful spaces, gardens fill us with hope and wonder. As gathering places, they nurture friendships and communities. Thoughtfully crafted, they make us pause and appreciate our surroundings. Full of edible plants, they nourish us. Full of diversity—human and non-human—they connect us with the polychromatic world in which we live. They make us feel at home in our own bodies, in our cities, and on our planet.

Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a specific idea or element of the garden, from places where gardens grow (i.e., a driveway in San Francisco, a bathtub as a planter) to garden management (why some lawns need watering every few days, and some gardens can go almost a full year without irrigation) to color and texture (i.e., how fine-textured plants like grasses can be used to unify a space), and everything in between. Hundreds of gardens from all corners of the globe are included, photographed in glorious full color.

Perfect for home gardeners, landscape designers, or as a gift for the gardener in your life, this is an ode to the wonder, design, and habitat of gardens, and an inspiration to nurture meaningful relationships with the natural world around us.

FELIX de ROSEN is a landscape designer, climate activist, and author from Oakland, California. His mission is to connect people to the living world, by exploring the permeability between our bodies, cultures, and ecosystems. He consults on ecological regeneration projects by cultivating radically hopeful visions of the future. He believes imagination, humor, and bodily awareness are starting points to advance systemic solutions to the planetary crisis. His design practice, Studio Polycultura, uses writing, landscape design, and event production to "compost" stale understandings of nature, ecology, and life into life affirming soil. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors in Government from Harvard.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on April 5th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-service companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
A Garden's Purpose: Cultivating Our Connection with the Natural World By Félix de Rosen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797222448
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 14th, 2023