Upcoming Events at the Garden Education Center

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Upcoming events at the Garden Education Center, 133 Bible Street in Cos Cob

Putting Your Garden to Bed
ick Mancini returns on Saturday, November 1, 10:00 am

The secret of fine gardening starts long before plants go into the soil, and fall is the best time to begin. You’ll learn soil amending, spot fertilizing, pH adjustments, planting green manure and other techniques necessary to become the master of your garden; he will also teach you how to blend your own organic soilless mixture to start seeds before spring arrives.

Election Day Plant Sale
Tuesday, November 4th 10:00 am – 4 pm

Phenomenal Ferns, Begonias, Ivy and other interesting houseplants to liven up your indoor landscape. Bring in your own container and we will help you pot up your paperwhite bulbs for the holidays.

Movie Night: “Bag It,” Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Thursday, November 6th 6:30 pm

An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do about it. Right now! Wine and cheese will be provided. Introduction by Lin Lavery.

Greenwich Tree Conservancy Awesome Tree Contest
Deadline to Enter: Oct 20 Sunday
Awards and Prizes, Sunday, Nov. 9, 3:00pm

As the leaves begin falling from the trees, focus your camera on a favorite tree of yours, click, and send the photo to the Greenwich Tree Conservancy’s fifth Awesome Tree Contest. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, just someone who is wowed by the particular shape of a particular tree and you can be a winner. The categories for nominations of awesome trees are as follows:

SCULPTURAL TREE judged on photographic image A tree with an impressive sculptural form depicted in your own photograph

PHOTOGENIC LEAF OR LEAVES judged on photographic image A photogenic leaf or cluster of leaves depicted in your own photograph or creative photographic treatment

FAVORITE TREE-INSPIRED TALE judged on story; please include photo In 500 words or less, a tree that inspires—from a classic story or a personal experience

HEROIC TREE judged on story and photo A tree that has beaten the odds, survived a storm, construction or other hardship

Co-Sponsors: The Town of Greenwich, Garden Education Center, Bruce Museum, Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich Land Trust, Greenwich Green and Clean, Greenwich Libraries & Perrot Library. For further information, please call 203-869-1464 or email [email protected]

Lynden B. Miller: “Parks, Plants & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape”
Thursday, November 13 10:00 a.m.

Renowned public garden designer Lynden B. Miller will present an inspirational lecture based on 30 years of experience designing urban green space in New York City that public spaces with good year-round plantings can change city life by providing a connection with nature for neighborhoods rich and poor.

Public space must be designed for the needs of the people who will use them. She will show the “befores” and “afters” of various different projects around the city, how they are funded, and what effects they have had on city life in New York. Well-designed and well-maintained parks also contribute to economic growth in surrounding neighborhoods, providing tax benefits, encouraging tourism, and reducing crime.

Director of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, Mrs. Miller has designed many public gardens and parks in New York City as well as gardens at the New York Botanical Garden and several university campuses. As a painter and garden designer, Mrs. Miller brings an artistic perspective to garden design. She has written a book about all this, Parks, Plants and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, which will be available at our event and which she will be glad to sign.

Harvesting Wildflower Seeds
Tuesday, November 18th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Greenwich Land Trust’s Mueller Preserve, 370 Round Hill Road.

Join the Greenwich Land Trust’s Steve Conaway to learn methods for harvesting and propagating wildflower seeds. Techniques for a wide variety of native plant species will be covered. An introduction to the Greenwich Land Trust’s meadow restoration efforts will include ways in which home gardeners can increase a wildlife habitat by cultivating and encouraging a diversity of local wildflowers. Participants will harvest seeds from the Land Trust’s pollinator garden and practice techniques for cleaning and preserving them. Registration required.

Soup Tureens to Nut Bowls with Ann Robertson of Dirt
Thursday, November 20th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Let’s talk about different containers to use for your Thanksgiving table and the great textures of the autumn harvest with which to fill them with. This program will specifically talk about using multiple small containers on your Thanksgiving table, which is my favorite way to go. We will make a centerpiece with flowers that includes fruits and veggies as well!

To register for any of these programs, please visit www.gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242.

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