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Ellen Zachos

Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Ellen Zachos is a garden writer and photographer, and lectures at flower shows and for garden clubs around the world. She is the author of seven books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat (Storey Publishing, 2013). Ellen is the Foraging Expert at, a regular contributor to several of the Edible magazines, and a Senior Regional Advisor at Garden Compass, a plant identification app. She also works with RemyUSA, teaching foraging mixology workshops across the U.S. for The Botanist Gin. Her next book, The Wildcrafted Cocktail, will be published Storey Publishing in May, 2017. A former Broadway performer (cast of Les Miz), Ellen is a Harvard graduate and earned multiple certificates in horticulture and ethnobotany at the New York Botanic Garden. She taught at the NYBG for many years, and also worked there as Coordinator of the Gardening Department in Continuing Ed, before moving to Santa Fe, NM in the summer of 2016. Ellen was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and has served two terms as a National Board Member for the Garden Writers Association.


Backyard Foraging: Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat!

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms, but these perennials are delicious as well as beautiful. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Learn how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. Next time you need something for dinner, head into your garden!

Saturday, Feb 25 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Blended Garden: Discover Plants that Do Double Duty

Not many gardeners maintain separate ornamental and edible gardens. We’re all too busy, and space is at a premium. So it makes sense to choose plants that do double duty in the garden. Many ornamental plants will surprise you with their edibility, and many traditional edibles are downright gorgeous. Learn which plants satisfy on both levels, then plant a single garden that is both productive and beautiful by blending your plants to please both your eye and your palate.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow