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The Art of Growing Food: A Day with Ellen Ecker Ogden

Location:               Fernwood Botanical Garden
Contact person:    Benjamin Futa,
Education Credit Hours:     4.5 for certified Master Gardeners

Description of the Event: Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of The Complete Kitchen Garden and professional kitchen garden designer, returns to Fernwood for a day of exploring and designing inspirational and artful kitchen gardens. As co-founder of The Cook's Garden seed catalog, America's premier source for seeds and plants, Ellen combines her artistic background with her love of growing and cooking from the garden. She will share classic garden design techniques to help you visualize the garden of your dreams, and teach you her six steps to success to transfer to your own kitchen garden design.

Fernwood is offering several unique opportunities to meet and learn kitchen garden design with Ellen on Saturday, February 28. She will present a lecture, The Art of Growing Food, from 10:00 to 11:30. In this popular lecture, participants will be inspired to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to extraordinary. A true kitchen garden opens your senses in new and inspiring ways, both in the garden and in the kitchen. Discover fresh ideas for how to combine classic design with practical technique to enhance your own design for an elegant edible garden. Ellen's book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, will be available for purchase, and Ellen will sign books following the lecture. $20 (Members $16). Register by February 27.

Enjoy a delicious lunch with Ellen, prepared by Fernwood's Chef Tim Carrigan, featuring recipes from her book. Taste the flavor of seasonally inspired food to start the spring season. Lunch is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and the cost is $30 (Members $24). Register by February 25.

Ellen will conduct a hands-on design workshop from 1:00 to 4:00. Work one-on-one with Ellen to think about fresh ways to grow an edible garden that is both productive and beautiful. Bring photos for sharing and anticipate individual attention. You will leave with a plan for how to grow an elegant edible garden! (Prerequisite: The Art of Growing Food Lecture.) The afternoon workshop is $40 (Members $32), and registration is required by February 25.