About Lorraine

Lorraine Ballato looking at hydrangeasLorraine’s love affair with plants comes through in her lectures, social media writings, magazine articles and photographs, which you can find in Connecticut Gardener, Edible Nutmeg, and elsewhere.

She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program as well as for the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

Her weekly gardening columns ran for over ten years in local newspapers, reaching more than 15,000 homes in northwest Connecticut.

As a professional horticulturist, Lorraine has been a guest on numerous gardening radio programs from Alaska to Connecticut. She speaks at regional symposiums, flower shows, to civic groups and garden clubs, creating talks that are both instructive and highly entertaining on a broad range of subjects tailored to each audience.

You can find her listed at Great Garden Speakers where you can read the glowing reviews from happy audiences.

In her role as an Advanced Master Gardener, Lorraine works with a sizable team of gardeners of all levels in a 3000 square foot organic fruit and vegetable garden in Fairfield County, CT. From April through October each year, they grow and annually donate nearly 900 pounds of produce to homeless shelters and food banks, train master gardener interns, and assist the gardening public on a weekly basis. It's work she enjoys immensely.

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Excellent speaker: clear, direct, and helpful. Handout is a concise marvel.

Catherine Riordan

Redding, CT