$170,400 of $1,000,000 has been pledged!!! 165 people have pledged! Join them today!!!

  Do or Die!!!


We’ve reached a terminal point here in the Garden of Ideas in the summer of 2018, 32 years after I first put a shovel in the ground.

Various internet sites, a widely read article in the Hearst chain of papers, and word of mouth have driven traffic to the Garden ever higher this year. Unfortunately, we can no longer properly maintain ourselves as a garden open to the public on our meager annual budget.

This year, we’ve had visitors from Connecticut and New York towns near and far, from Texas, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Colorado, Michigan and Massachusetts, and from Norway, England, Sweden, Japan and Germany.

Our guest book is filled with flattering comments. My favorite this year is this: “I never felt so lucky in my life to have stumbled upon a place like this. Thank you for creating it. I will be back!”

There is a clear path to dramatically increasing our budget and to making us self-sustainable: our non-profit 501c-3, Friends of the Garden of Ideas, wants to purchase 2 of the properties that comprise the Garden of Ideas. These are both rental properties with an annual net income that would quadruple our current budget, allow us to never have to beg for money again, and guarantee that the Garden of Ideas will last long after I am gone.

We need to raise $1,000,000 for this cause. Our family is pledging $50,000. We need 1600 people to pledge $200 a year for 3 years for the rest.

1600 people, pledging $200 a year, for 3 years lets this place live forever…or at least until the sun burns out.

Your pledge grants the Garden of Ideas permanence. 

Send an e-mail to gardenpledge@outlook.com. Include your name, phone number, and address. This is only a pledge for now; if the full $1,000,000 is pledged, we will contact you to arrange for your donation.

If there is not enough public support to make the Garden of Ideas a self-sustaining organization, then we will be closing. Please consider making a pledge today. Share this via social media and e-mail. Spread the good word.

Thank you.

Joseph H. Keller, Founder and Board President

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About Us


Visit the Garden of Ideas and take a walk through our 12 acres of ornamental, vegetable, woodland, and sculpture gardens; you'll never know what you may see!  We display art in our gallery during the warmer months, and host various events depending on the season.  Check back often!


Take a moment to consider the sculpture and poetry throughout the garden.  Perhaps you will find our hidden Garden Gnome, or see our chickens ranging free.  There are plenty of places to sit, to think, and to relax.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

We grow and sell vegetables during the spring, summer and fall.  We offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program: 15 weeks of vegetables for $600.We sell eggs from our chickens.  Our space is available for farm to table dinners, cocktail parties, group picnics, children's birthdays and classes...the possibilities are endless!

Contact Us

Drop us a line! gardenofideas@outlook.com

Wander the Garden of Ideas at your leisure. We are open every day from 8 to 7.

Garden of Ideas

653 North Salem Rd, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877, United States