Digging Deeper: The Evolution of a Gardener

Digging Deeper: The Evolution of a Gardener

Ellen & Eric Petersen

Sat, Jul 27, 2019
2:00 PM

Ellen Petersen’s garden began in 1981 as a weekend hobby and developed quickly into a necessity. "I did everything myself at first and made lots of mistakes. Some haven't turned out all that badly and all have taught me something." She believes that keeping your eyes and mind open can lead to some of the best results, so the group will talk about where Ellen found some of her favorite design ideas. Walking through the garden of this serious plantswoman and collector, Ellen will explain how she tries to keep a sense of unity and serenity while still having "one of everything." The extraordinary stories of many of her plants document the evolving interests of this gardener and the other passionate gardeners she has encountered along the way.

Ellen downplays her own expertise. "When I lived in Pennsylvania, I took all the courses at Longwood and lots of others, too. I got interested long before I got my garden at age 38, but I’m not really sure why or when." She is a member of the board and chair of the horticulture committee at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Council of Advisors at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the Advisory Council of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and a former board member at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. She is active in the Millbrook Garden Club and a horticultural judge for the Garden Club of America.

Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Garden of Ellen Petersen
378 Conklin Hill Road
Stanfordville, NY

Date and time
Saturday, July 27, 2019
2 p.m.

Registration - online registration for this event has closed. Register via phone on Friday, July 26, or on-site on Saturday, July 27.
$30 for Members of the Garden Conservancy
$40 for Nonmembers

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

The Petersen garden will be open to general Open Days visitors on this date from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden destination—a $10 value.

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