The 11th Annual Hidden Gardens Event Schedule

Friday, June 19, 2015

Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party
6:00 to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Garden Lecture
8:30 -10:00am
Self-Guided Tour
10:00am -4:00pm

*Please note: Thursday, June 18 at 6:00pm, online ticket sales will close. Cocktail Party tickets can be purchased at the door (55 Austerlitz St. Chatham, NY 12037) on Friday, June 19. Tour and Lecture tickets will be available on the day of the event, June 20, at both the Academy and Market on the Green.

The 11th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour – Artful Landscapes: Ornamental and Edible Gardens will feature the grounds of an outstanding collection of private residences located in the Chatham area and Kinderhook, NY. Gardens range from grand to personal and intimate. They include a romantic country garden anchored by a fenced potager covered in roses, a minimalist deer-resistant landscape with views of the Catskills, and a designer’s cozy English Style garden. Saturday morning Ellen Ecker Ogden, garden designer, chef and author of The Complete Kitchen Garden will give an illustrated talk: The Art of Growing Food at the Academy. A continental breakfast will be served.

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Profile of the Garden Lecturer: Ellen Ecker Ogden

Ellen Ecker Ogden“Anyone can plant a garden, yet not everyone can make it beautiful,” says Ellen Ecker Ogden. The Vermont-based food and garden writer and landscape designer will be the featured speaker at this year’s Hidden Gardens event. Her illustrated presentation, “The Art of Growing Food,” is set for Saturday, June 20, at 8:30am.

Blending classic design with artful touches, the kitchen gardens Ellen has designed for clients, communities and businesses are both practical and beautiful. Her books include The Complete Kitchen Garden, From the Cook’s Garden, and The Vermont Cheese Book. Her newest book, The Vermont Country Store Cookbook, is due out this September and features recipes, Vermont stories and anecdotes about Vermont food. In addition, her designs and writing have appeared in a wide range of food, garden and general interest publications, from Martha Stewart Living to The New York Times.

“A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen,” Ellen says. Her presentation is designed to inspire new and experienced gardeners “to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to the extraordinary.”