Kelly Orzel

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PO Box 8420 Portland, Maine 04104

Inspired by her love of all things green Kelly Orzel is a horticulturist, Master Gardener and freelance writer, photographer and speaker. Kelly’s work can be seen in national garden magazines & publications.

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Kelly Orzel is a horticulturist, writer, photographer, speaker and grower of green things. With more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in kitchen gardening, 5 senses and cottage garden design. While she is an expert in growing herbs, forcing bulbs and branches, container gardens, terrariums and native coastal plants, give her anything and she’ll grow it. Kelly began working at a local nursery as a teenager and fell in love with dirt. She believes gardening is a simple pleasure and should be enjoyed by everyone, let her share how easy it is to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and more!


In 2008 Kelly earned her Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Texas Tech University and moved to Maine from New Jersey.  She is a Master Gardener and a freelance writer and photographer for national garden magazines and newspapers. Kelly has also appeared on local television hawking the virtues of horticulture.

For more information on garden lectures or other inquiries, contact Kelly here!



The Organic Kitchen Garden


Essential Herbs and Knot Gardens


Forcing Bulbs and Branches in Winter


Designing your Cottage Garden


Gardening for the 5 Senses

Native Coastal Plants

Captivating Containers

Terrariums –Gardening Under Glass

All of Kelly's talks include a PowerPoint presentation with a workshop component option. She brings her own laptop and projector with dozens of bright, color photographs and information slides to further reinforce the topic. Kelly can also also customize talks to specific group or club interests.


Coastal, Maine
Kelly frequently travels throughout New England and is available to speak across the country.

Photo Gallery

  • Cottage Garden
  • Kitchen Gardening
  • Herbs in Containers
  • Cottage Garden

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Audience Reviews

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Wonderful Speaker!

Mandy L Smith from Greensburg - 10/21/2021 18:17:43

Kelly has such enthusiasm and passion for horticulture and soils. We had the honor of Kelly presenting Digging Deep into Soil presentation during our Fall Garden Seminar. Such immense knowledge and inspiration. Thank you!

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Program for the New London NH Garden Club

Suzanne Hammond from New London NH - 09/29/2015 13:36:36

Our members loved her enthusiasm and presentation. Would recommend. She talked on the five senses of gardening and had great suggestions. She bought with her some of her favorite scented plants which were very reasonably priced.

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