Author, The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Growing Healthy Houseplants and co-host, “Plantrama” Podcast
Ellen Zachos is the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging (Storey, 2013), Growing Healthy Houseplants (Storey, 2014) and The Wildcrafted Cocktail (Storey, 2017). She has a regular foraging column in the magazine Edible Santa Fe, and is the co-host of “Plantrama,” a podcast about plants. Ellen is a Harvard graduate and taught at the NYBG for many years, also serving as coordinator of the Gardening Department in Continuing Ed, before moving to Santa Fe, NM. Her website, www.backyardforager.com promotes the safe and delicious use of wild edible plants and mushrooms with plant profiles and recipes, and she also offers on-line courses in foraging. Backyard Forager
Back by popular demand, we’ve lined up leading garden designers and writers to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing from identical plant materials, award-winning “Plantrama” podcast hosts C.L. Fornari and Ellen Zachos will each be challenged to create three gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with audience questions tossed to them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!
Thursday, Feb 21 at 11:30 am / Designer’s Arena
PLANTRAMA: Eat, Drink, & Be Merry…While Coping with Rabbits & Deer
Join plant geeks C.L. Fornari and Ellen Zachos as they record a second live, NWFGF version of their popular “Plantrama” podcast. They’ll talk about unusual edibles to cultivate or forage for, inspire you with plant-based cocktails and mocktails, and provide proven strategies for dealing with Thumper and Bambi. Bring your garden questions, and stay for some great product giveaways at the end of the seminar.
Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 PM / Hood Room / Book signing to follow
The Secret Edible Garden You Already Have
Would you like to grow a secret edible garden? Don’t worry, you don’t have to build a wall! Just choose plants that no one else knows you can eat. When your garden is full of lavender, roses, sedums, daylilies, dogwoods, hostas, bee balm, and dahlias, people will admire its beauty, never dreaming it’s also full of flavor. Learn which of your favorite ornamental plants are edible, and how you can enjoy their secret, delicious flavors.
Friday, February 22 at 10:00 AM / Hood Room / Book signing to follow