Things get fun in the studio this week on We Dig Plants as Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg are joined by forager, author and horticulturist Ellen Zachos joins the studio to talk about foraging and make delicious cocktails on-air! Zachos is a Harvard graduate and received her certification in Commercial Horticulture and Ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Garden. As the owner of Acme Plant Stuff, Ellen designs, installs, and maintains both interior and exterior gardens in the New York City area. Ellen is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, where she teaches for both Continuing Education and The School of Professional Horticulture. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at flower shows, nurseries, and for horticultural organizations around the world. As a professional garden photographer, Ellen illustrates her lectures and workshops with high-quality slides. She is a former Broadway performer, and brings expert presentation skills to every demonstration. Ellen is the author of Down & Dirty: 43 Fun & Funky First-Time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening (Storey Publishing, 2007), Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible Indoor Plants (Timber Press, 2005), Orchid Growing for Wimps (Sterling Publishing, 2002), as well as numerous articles on orchids, interior landscaping, container gardening, xeriscaping, and annual and perennial plants.

“No forager feels like they’re a forager until they’ve collected acorns, processed them and made stuff.” [22:00]

“When you’re a forager you’re always looking for good root crops – always good starch and good nutrition.” [40:00]

–Ellen Zachos on We Dig Plants