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Featured Speaker

Ellen Ecker Ogden is a garden artist, speaker and cookbook author based in Manchester, Vermont. For over 20 years, she has offered keynotes, presentations and all day workshops on kitchen garden designs and the art of growing food based on her books, From the Cook’s Garden and The Complete Kitchen Garden. She combines her career as a freelance writer with her lifelong interest in cooking from the garden to create a sense of place. Contact Ellen directly for fees, topics and availability.


The Complete Kitchen Garden ( 2011 Abrams Books) by Ellen Ecker Ogden.
The Complete Kitchen Garden ( 2011 Abrams Books) by Ellen Ecker Ogden.



Featured Speaker ELLEN ECKER OGDEN is a well-known food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer who lives in Vermont. She is known for her kitchen garden designs that combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable garden into a European inspired kitchen garden.  Her designs for public, private and corporate clients are distinctive and based on her six steps to success which she offers in her garden presentations to garden clubs, botanic gardens and garden events throughout the US.


Ellen offers garden presentations to garden clubs, botanic gardens and garden events throughout the US, based on the designs and recipes from her book The Complete Kitchen Garden. Ellen has been a speaker at the Boston Flower Show, The Philadelphia Flower Show, Filoli, Berkshire Botanic Garden, Tower Hill, and others. Follow this link for a more complete list.




4 reviews for Featured Speaker

  1. Ellen spoke at our recent “Meet the Tastemakers” Spring Symposium, and absolutely blew the walls off the place. She did an amazing job, and not only delivered a presentation full of inspiration and quality images, you could tell she is passionate for what she does and enjoys ever second connecting people to their garden. All who attended our Symposium were impressed with her presentation, and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. We had just over 100 people attend our event, and we had approximately 45 of Ellen’s books available for purchase – all of which sold after her presentation and we were forced to take a waiting list. Make sure to get enough books!

    —Benjamin Futa from Fernwood Gardens in Michigan – 03/25/2013 17:15:26

  2. Ellen’s presentation was dynamic and inspiring. She has a natural style, and her passion and knowledge for growing a food garden is a pure joy evident. I highly recommend her excellent presentation for your garden club and event. We sold more books than any other garden author!

    —Kim B. Princeton, NJ

  3. We really enjoyed your program last Saturday – it was a perfect addition to all of our other Spring Garden Day activities and was very inspirational! I am so glad you brought your books and sold so many. In these days after your program I have been out measuring my raised bed veg garden area and I have decided to shift things around and make my rather haphazard layout more orderly, as per your drawings and photos. We’ve also had some brief discussions already about how to make our Master Gardener veg display garden more beautiful – so your words have had an impact!
    —D. Chinery, Cornell Cooperative Extension

  4. I took your workshop in Feb. 2011. What you taught me was nothing less than inspirational. I am deeply and gratefully in your debt because I have been a learning gardener ever since. I am slowly understanding my mistakes and refer often to your advice. I just wanted to say “thank you”.
    – T. Stedman,

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