May 03 - May 05

The Fine Art of Growing Great Vegetables: A Weekend for Gardeners, Chefs, and Teachers
Ellen Ecker Ogden

This program has been cancelled. Please see our current schedule or call us at 413-339-4954 to find out when this presenter will next be at Rowe Center.

Whether you’re a novice or a veteran gardener, learn tricks to design a kitchen garden to grow delicious, nourishing food for your home or school.

Nationally recognized cookbook author and kitchen garden expert Ellen Ecker Ogden will teach you how to reach beyond the simple straight rows and boxy shape of a traditional vegetable garden with her simple, six-step strategy. Be inspired with new ideas for how to design the vegetable patch, with an eye towards formal design and culinary purpose.  Learn how to create paths for better productivity, why a four-square rotation system enhances organic soil, and how to select seeds for optimum flavor. A successful kitchen garden turns work into play, and you will leave the weekend with a plan that combines ornamental edibles with classic design. Get ready to transform your home garden into a beautiful European potager or your schoolyard into a bountiful cornucopia.

Bring photos of your own garden, seed catalogs, graph paper, and pencils. There will be plenty of time for individual attention, and, weather permitting, the vegetable garden at Rowe will serve as our testing ground to transfer designs from paper to reality.

Ellen Ecker Ogden is Co-founder of The Cook’s Garden catalog. Her newest book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, is based on European-style potager garden designs. She is a featured speaker at botanic gardens and national flower shows and has been a guest chef on PBS’s “Victory Garden” and HGTV-TV’s “Garden Smarts.”

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