Friday, October 31, 2008

From garden to table

Garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy to visit

Express Staff Writer

Pilar Pennell in her family’s community garden at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Photo by

Sure it's harvest season and rather than tending to our gardens we're burying them in straw and compost, but that's why this is the perfect time to consider the edible garden. Plans must be made, and how better to do it than by attending one of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's cooking classes based on Rosalind Creasy's "Edible Gardening" series.

The classes begin next week and will continue through December. As well, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden will host Creasy at the Gail Severn Gallery at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. A reception at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and wine will precede her talk. The presentation will cost $20 for Botanical Garden members and $25 for non-members.

Creasy began her career in horticulture as a landscape designer and restaurant consultant. In 1982, "The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping" won the Garden Writers Association's Quill and Trowel award, was chosen as a Book of the Month selection and was named as the best garden book of the year by the Wall Street Journal. Considered a classic, it coined the term "Edible Landscaping," now a part of the American vocabulary. Her other books include "Cooking From the Garden," which won the Award of Excellence from the Garden Writers of America in 1988.

Along with her books, she has been published in national magazines and has written a regular column for the food page of the Los Angeles Times and a garden feature for Garden Design magazine. She is a regular columnist for Gardening How-To magazine and a contributing editor for Country Living Gardener magazine

Each cooking class will follow one of Creasy's books and will be held in the kitchen at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, at Gimlet Road south of Ketchum. Each class will cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

The first class, on "The Edible Italian Garden," will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. It will be led by chef Brent Barsotti.

The following four classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m: Prepare for "The Edible Salad Garden" with Lynn Sheehan of Papa Hemi's Hideaway, on Dec. 2, and "The Edible Herb Garden" with Michael Zentner of Knob Hill Inn on Dec. 9. The Nov. 11 and 18 class themes and chefs will be announced soon.

To sign up for the classes and the speaker presentation, call the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 726-9358. Space is limited to 15 people.

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