News from the Garden Education Center of Greenwich:
What’s Happening in February at the GEC?
Where: Garden Education Center of Greenwich
130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, Connecticut
Homes & Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Period
Monday, February 2nd 7:00 pm
Kathy Kling’s lecture takes a brief look at gardens prior to the turn of the century in order to create a framework from which to look at and understand the houses and gardens of the Arts and Crafts period. She will then look at several Arts and Crafts houses and gardens, many of which continue to be tended today with the same sensibility. Particularly noteworthy are the parallels that can be made between that period and current thoughts about the environment and gardening.
From the Grocery Store to Your Table
Wednesday, February 4th 11:00 am
Ann Robertson, owner of dirt Florist will provide creative tips on choosing and arranging store-bought flowers. Bring 2 floral bouquets and scissors, vase provided. Registration required.
Mushrooms – Nature Play with Caregivers – Up to 3 Years Old
Various Wednesdays through June 17th 9:00 – 10:00 am. February class is Feb 4th
We’re rooting around for the pure wonder of it! This early time of discovery, participation, and sensory growth is vital. We’ll practice equipping for active outdoor activities, rain or shine. In case of extreme weather, we bring nature stations into our bright, ecofriendly classroom. Let’s share our favorite songs, stories, and tips, tales, and healthy recipes from the garden. Pre-registration appreciated.
Thursday, February 5th 10:00 am
Cindy Brown is the Manager of Horticulture Collections Management and Education at Smithsonian Gardens, a position she has held since 2010. Formerly she was the Assistant Director at Green Spring Gardens, a public garden in Alexandria, VA. In addition to contributing to Horticulture and Washington Gardener magazines, she was a regular contributor to The Washington Post edible gardening blog – All We Can Eat. Cindy has served as a garden advisor and spokesperson in many capacities. Currently, her most exciting project is the development of the Community of Gardens initiative, a website and mobile app for sharing stories about gardens and green spaces and cultivating a deeper understanding, and appreciation of, the role gardens play in keeping communities healthy, happy, and connected. Gardens are best experienced in person, but can be captured in a photograph. The Archives of American Gardens is devoted to preserving America’s garden heritage and has photographic documentation from the late 19th century to today.
Cynthia A. Brown’s lecture will include a brief history of the Garden Club of America’s garden documentation and it’s ongoing efforts to continue documenting gardens throughout the U.S. today.
Winter Break Sprouts & Seedlings Enrichment
February 9-13th 9:15 am – 12:00 pm. Ages 3-8. Pre-register by January 28th – Limited Space!
Nature Stories: Winter Adventure Play in the Pinetum!
Join us at the GEC for our Sprouts & Seedlings Winter Break Enrichment Week. Explore the elements of winter through investigation and exploration in the Montgomery Pinetum Park.
Pollinators – Second Sundays – 12-17 Years Old
Sunday, February 8th Sub-Irrigated Pop-bottle Planters: Windowsill Gardening 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Design, experiment and build! We play with aquaponics, hydroponics, plant grafting, composting, and more. Experiments in the learning garden and classroom will improve our yield in our Neighbor to Neighbor garden donations. Your work is showcased during field trips for younger students. We are explore the Pinetum as creative and active stewards of our green spaces.
Family Nature Play – Third Sundays – All Ages
Sunday, February 15th Sub-Irrigated Pop-bottle planters; windowsill gardening 2:00 – 4:00 pm
All ages are offered a themed afternoon of different family activities to explore nature. Enjoy an art table area, a construction and engineering area, observation blankets with book baskets, and a themed science search or challenge.
“Nature Brain” games/challenges are fun for all ages, imaginative and informative! Come enjoy our green spaces!
Create a Winter Wonderland with Hazel Jarvis
Thursdays: February 19th 6:30 pm (snow date Feb 26) Registration Required.
Back by popular demand, Girls Night Out Art Class with Hazel Jarvis!
In this two hour class, Hazel will guide you step by step to create a winter landscape. Please feel free to bring your beverage of choice, cheese and crackers will be provided. Bring a friend!
Permaculture Systems: An Introductory Course
Saturday, January 31st 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Permaculture garden thrives by design with very little maintenance, just as nature intended, and just as humans once cultivated the earth for thousands of years. Now this regenerative growing method and living systems design is making a comeback, and just in time to help the world address problems of water conservation, soil depletion, and rising costs of living. Learn about Permaculture Systems from Helen Loughrey, a certified Permaculture Design Course instructor and design consultant.
To register for any of these programs, please visit www.gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242.