Garden Speaker, ELLEN ECKER OGDEN is an award-winning food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer who is known for her informative and fun loving garden talks. Her kitchen garden designs combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable garden into a European inspired kitchen garden, based on her book.
Read about her gardens in the March 2017. Better Home and Gardens Magazine Article: Green Giant
Learn the tools to create an edible garden that is both productive and beautiful, turning “ordinary” into “extraordinary.” Lectures are ideal for garden clubs, master gardener symposiums and botanical gardens for the professional or home gardener. Contact Ellen for inquires.
- THE ART OF GROWING FOOD (Click here for more details)
In my popular presentation The Art of Growing Food, you’ll learn how to grow an ornamental edible garden with an eye towards beauty, easy care and pleasure. A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen and in this 55-minute presentation, you will learn my six steps to successful kitchen garden design, based on classic design techniques that anyone can follow.
- KITCHEN GARDEN DESIGNS: Hands On Workshop (Click here for more details.)
In this workshop, you will learn how to take a fresh look at your vegetable garden, with an eye towards aesthetics, comfort and ease. The goal is to create a garden space that is designed right from the start – on paper, using the right set of tools, and drawing inspiration from a basic primer of good design. You will start to draw an edible garden design that has style and visual appeal, looking at new ways to fit growing areas into the natural landscape of the back yard. Bring graph paper and pencils, and photos of your garden.
- THE HEIRLOOM KITCHEN GARDEN (Click here for more details)
Picture a kitchen garden that embraces flavor, fragrance and beauty. My new lecture, The New Heirloom Garden, takes you on a path to the past, showing you exceptional heirloom varieties that were most likely in your grandmothers garden, yet have been almost forgotten. In this lecture, be inspired to take a new look at what to plant and why, discover old varieties that you can bring back to your garden, to add color, aroma and exceptional taste.
- HERBS, GREENS AND EDIBLE FLOWERS (Click here for more details)
Ideal for small space gardens or containers, Herbs, Greens and Edible Flowers are easiest crop to grow. Discover the wide world of flavor that salad greens have to offer, adding a tapestry of color and texture to the kitchen garden, or patio container. Get to know favorite European heirlooms such as mache, wild arugula, chicories and endives, plus the best culinary herbs for gardeners who love to cook. Discover tips for keeping a succession going all summer long, and what edible flowers to plant for attracting pollinators. Adaptable to small pocket gardens or containers, I’ll share ideas for what to grow, with the essentials that every cook to have a fresh supply of greens all year round.
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“Engaging, Inspiring, Delightful! After listening to Ellen’s wonderful presentation on growing beautiful food, so many of us are inspired to create Kitchen Gardens of our own or add elements to our existing gardens. Really enjoyed this presentation and ready to get digging in the dirt!”
L. Strong – North Shore Garden Club
“Ellen is a marvelous speaker – warm, engaging, knowledgeable and passionate. She brought us new and inspiring ideas for growing vegetables, and a great book as well. Ellen was a pleasure to work with and we would definitely recommend having her for your event!”
S. Bolle- Master Gardeners Symposium of Oakland County
“I had the pleasure of seeing Ellen at the Redwood Library in Newport, RI. Her presentation was full of inspiring themes for edible gardens delivered with wisdom, humor and passion. I can’t wait to play in my garden. I left brimming with fresh ideas.”
P. Bailey- Newport Garden Club