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The Garden of Ideas is located

in Ridgefield, Connecticut, approximately one hour

north of New York City.





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It’s been nearly twenty years since we first welcomed visitors to the Garden of Ideas.    What started with a collection of plants in the back yard has grown into seven acres burgeoning with flora, fauna, and outdoor art--an oasis of tranquility in Ridgefield.

With age, we recognize a need to plan for the future.   Questions of how to sustain and improve, how to plan for the Garden of Ideas to become an important and lasting fixture in the town of Ridgefield are now paramount.    To that end, we’ve formed a non-profit entity -- Friends of Garden of Ideas --  to help us develop the property into Ridgefield’s own botanical garden,  

We estimate that approximately ten thousand people of all ages visit the Garden each year.     There is no admission charge or fee of any sort to enjoy the grounds.

If you believe our vision and are mission are worth supporting, please consider making a fully tax deductible contribution to the Friends of the Garden of Ideas.  We need and appreciate your support!

Joe Keller

Friends of Garden of Ideas

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID 45-2207806. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Our mission is best expressed in this thought from a great mind:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 

Albert Einstein

Board of Directors

     Joseph Keller

     Geoffrey Nielsen

     Donna von Holdt

     Mark Waring

Advisory Committee

     Katharine Gelfman

     Terry Keller

     Ilsa Svendsen