About Me . . .
Ellen Spector Platt
201 E. 80th St. Apt. 15D
NY, NY 10075
I am a part time Instructor at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, (www.BBG.org), was also a part time Instructor in Continuing Ed. at the New York Botanic Garden, an Instructor in Floral Design at the NY Horticultural Society. I’ve lectured many times at the New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Providence, and New England Flower Shows, at Longwood Gardens, and at numerous Herb and Horticultural Societies, Lavender Festivals, Garden Clubs and Arboreta. In 1998, I was designated by the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World, as one of ten “Great American Gardeners”.
In 1998 I conceived, researched, designed and installed a Biblical garden for the Jewish Museum of Eastern PA, located in Pottsville PA.
In 2012 I was a finalist in the NYC arts competition sponsored by the Hyam Soloman Arts Project, for a collage, "Water Lily Dreams".
My latest book, Artful Collage from Found Obects, shows how to create artwork repurposing, reusing and recycling found stuff.
Easy & Elegant Rose Designs: Beyond the Garden, was published Oct.2004 by Fulcrum Publishing. I edited and wrote the magazine Flowers & Herbs in 2006, and in 2007 wrote and edited Container Gardens magazine both published by Harris. I’ve written dozens of articles, and hundreds of my floral designs have been featured in national magazines and books of others.
In 1993 Rodale Press published my first book, Flower Crafts, which was followed by three more books with Rodale, including the best selling Ultimate Wreath Book. More recently, Stackpole Books has published three of my books with my photographs and recipes, including Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb, Lemon Herbs, How to Grow and Use 18 Great Herbs and Garlic, Onions, & Other Alliums. Lavender was published in a German language translation by Verlagsgruppe Weltbild and sold through three printings.
I had been a Psychologist for many years working in Community Mental Health and in private practice when on a lark, my husband and I moved to an old, rundown farmhouse with a huge barn. Both the house and the land were in desperate need of work. As I started to garden on the property, I became enchanted by the idea of growing quantities of flowers and herbs. Soon with more than I could possibly want or use from the cutting garden, I experimented with drying and preserving flowers. It seemed inevitable that I should give up my practice and go full time into the flower and herb business.
I grew and dried about 500 different kinds of flowers and herbs to give me materials to write about and photograph, and to sell from my barn on special open house weekends. Now I live in Manhattan where I write, garden & teach both garden and craft topics at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and other venues around the country.
For further details see How to Profit from Flower & Herb Crafts by Ellen Spector Platt (Stackpole '96).
Books & Publications
Latest book: Artful Collage from Found Objects, Stackpole Books, 2012
Numerous magazine articles and photographs.
Selected Lectures, Demonstrations and Workshops:
National TV and Radio appearances:
For more information, please email: Ellen Spector Platt, Phone: (212) 861-3913