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As a trained horticulturist (New York Botanic Garden certificates and instructor) I love plants in oh-so-many ways, but my favorite thing to do with plants is forage for them, cook them, and eat them! Let me share my passion for wild edible plants (and a few mushrooms) with you, and I promise, you'll never look at daylilies, dahlias, or hostas in the same way again.
Ellen Zachos uses the skills she honed on Broadway to create engaging presentations with outstanding photography and professional speaking skills.
Ok, so foraging is my passion, but it's not the only thing I do. I got into horticulture via houseplants and orchids and still love to teach those subjects. I'm also pretty darned expert with container gardens, having designed, installed, and maintained rooftop gardens in NYC for many years with my company Acme Plant Stuff. Please see above for a complete list of my available talks.
Ellen Zachos is a Harvard graduate and the author of eight books including The Forager's Pantry, Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, and The Wildcrafted Cocktail. She shares recipes and foraging tips on her website: www.backyardforager.com, and offers online foraging courses at https://backyard-forager.thinkific.com/. A former Broadway performer (cast of Les Miz), Ellen was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and wrote the foraging website for About.com. She has worked with The Botanist gin since 2014, teaching foraged mixology workshops across the US. Ellen is passionate about showing people how to use their wild harvests. A long-time instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, she now lives in Santa Fe, NM, and now splits her time between the desert southwest and the lush northeast. Ellen is the co-host of the Plantrama podcast, with C.L. Fornari.
foraging, cocktail gardening, cocktails, forager, wild edible plants,