Meet the City Garden Workshop Experts – First up, Ellen Abdow

Five really smart and talented gardening experts are ready to share great advice and practical tips at the April 30th City Garden Ideas workshop in Boston.  Get details at
The experts are: 
• Ellen Abdow, owner of Perennial Gardens
• Steve Baxter, Grounds Superintendent, 1000 Southern Artery Senior Complex in Quincy
• Heather Heimarck, Director of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College
• Frank Re, owner of ReCreations, Gardens Brought to Life
•  Tom Smarr, former Chief of Horticulture at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Let’s start with Ellen Abdow.   She’s a smart, warm, friendly woman with great gardening experience and a thriving business.   At the workshop, she’ll demonstrate how to create a beautiful container garden and a window box.  One that will work in full shade… and one in full sun.  It’s possible, she says!

Official Bio:
Ellen is the founder of Perennial Gardens, LLC, a landscape design/build firm with clients throughout the New England.  The firm has a diverse portfolio and Ellen and her expert team have cultivated a reputation for careful plant selection, imaginative composition and skilled installation. Ellen brings 17 years of knowledge to each and every project.  She first got bitten by the gardening bug while teaching at Brookline High School and subsequently went to work at one of the area’s most respected nurseries. There, she expanded her love and knowledge of perennials, before launching her own firm. Today, she gets great pleasure from helping clients hone their own, personal, garden visions and adapting these ideas in ways that will best suit their particular properties and lifestyles. Her work can be seen in numerous garden tours, on a walk through Boston’s Back Bay, or on line at

Next blog post:  Meet Steve Baxter


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