Ellen Ogden

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PO Box 1007 98 Franklin Ave 05254

Award-winning author and edible landscape designer, Ogden has written six books on garden design with a focus on European-styled potager gardeners. Her kitchen gardens and articles have appeared in numerous national magazines.

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The Art of Growing Food shares Ellen's six steps to successful garden design for a European inspired ktichen garden. This presentation of includes photos of beautiful kitchen gardens woven with Ellen’s signature style as an artist. A true kitchen garden goes beyond the simple straight rows of a vegetable garden to combine art and food in ways that enhance the experience of growing food.


  • Participants learn how to integrate flowers, herbs and vegetable with an eye towards formal design, color, and culinary purpose.
  • Designed for all levels; those just starting out and experienced gardeners seeking ways  how to design a vegetable garden that fits their yard or how to renovate an existing garden to make it more inviting.
  • Available as a one hour lecture or as a two part design workshop that includes hands-on drawing and problem solving.





  • A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen Discover how to grow an edible garden with an eye towards beauty, easy care, and pleasure with my six steps to successful kitchen garden design. Inspired by European potagers, I’ll share ideas to expand your knowledge of what grow and how to give your kitchen garden personal style.


  • Take a journey to the past and rediscover exceptional heirloom varieties that were most likely in your grandmother’s garden. Forgotten fruits, colorful vegetables and fragrant, flowers, all add color, aroma, and exceptional garden. Get to know more about designing an heirloom garden that combines flavor, history, and stories to deepen your connection to growing food and why seed saving is the future.


  • Flavor and optimum health go hand in hand when growing a garden, yet knowing what varieties to choose for higher health qualities can influence what you plant. This lecture may change the way you look at your edible garden, with an eye towards deep color and bitter flavors that most closely resemble their wild origins. This lecture offers step-by-step design, with what to grow to boost nutrition and piquant flavors.


  • Fill your harvest basket with frilly lettuce, savory fennel, chervil and rosettes of claytonia, dotted with a few crimson nasturtium blossoms. Grow the best tasting salad greens for a vibrant blend of colors, textures and flavor. This lecture shares design tips and what to grow for a salad lover’s garden, ideal for small gardens and patios.

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Kitchen Garden Design Speaker

Carol Bray from Mosinee - 01/27/2018 21:49:47

Ellen Ecker Ogden was the keynote speaker for North Central WI Master Gardeners winter conference. Her presentation, The Art of Growing Food was excellent. Ellen's extensive knowledge in the area of kitchen garden design was coupled with beautiful photos illustrating her comments . Attendees enjoyed Ellen's subtle sense of humor which further enhanced her presentation. Ellen also made herself available for a book signing. 97fOb

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The kitchen garden

Elaine Burden from Middleburg, Virginia - 03/20/2017 17:01:29

Ellen spoke at our 2017 garden club symposium and was terrific! She was very engagging, full of helpful information and funny too. Her PowerPoint photos were well done. I would recommend Ellen as a speaker to everyone and can't wait to have her back again!

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The Art of Growing Food

Pat Wilson from NH - 06/05/2016 20:42:35

Ellen spoke at a joint meeting of the Great Island Garden Club and the Piscataqua Garden Club in Portsmouth NH. Ellen not only entertained us with her delightful stories of going to cooking school in Italy and Ireland but also enlightened us with her 6 steps to practical and creative ways to grow our own food.
Her book The Complete Kitchen Garden is essential for any kitchen garden.

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