Foraging events at IMA

Ellen forage shotWhen you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious as well as lovely. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Learn how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home, said Ellen Zachos, author of Backyard Foraging.

Zachos will speak about backyard foraging at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at Deboest Lecture Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Backyard Foraging cover copy Earlier in the day, Zachos will lead a group of Horticultural Society members (members only) on a foraging trip on the IMA campus. And, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, the museum is offering Harvest Evening Buffet Dinner at Deer Zink Pavilion. Admission: IMA members, $50; nonmembers, $75.

Ellen Zachos is a garden writer and photographer, and lectures at flower shows and for garden clubs around the world. She is the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat. Ellen is the Foraging Expert at, a regular contributor to several of the Edible magazines, and a Senior Regional Advisor at Garden Compass, a plant identification app. She also works with RemyUSA, teaching foraging mixology workshops across the U.S. for The Botanist Gin, and her book, The Wildcrafted Cocktail, will be published in April, 2017. A former Broadway performer (cast of Les Miz), Ellen is a Harvard graduate and earned multiple certificates in horticulture and ethnobotany at the New York Botanic Garden. She taught at the NYBG for many years, and also worked there as Coordinator of the Gardening Department in Continuing Education, before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the summer of 2016. Ellen was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and has served two terms as a National Director for the Garden Writers Association.

Registration details to come.