There are so many great programs at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich this Fall. We kick off the season with the 6th Annual Dahlia Show on September 21st and 22nd. This is an amazing sea of perfect blooms entered by growers all over New England with a special guest appearance by Frances Potter, a well-known American potter and experienced dahlia grower. Novice growers are highly encouraged to submit their blooms for judging at the show. Experts will be waiting to help stage your blooms.
A new Fall Afters program for children in grades K through 3 begins on Wednesday, September 25th and runs weekly through December. It will be a nature-based curriculum that includes hikes in the Montgomery Pinetum, harvesting vegetables from the GEC’s very own organic teaching garden, learning about the Native Americans while building tee pees and lean tos , planting bulbs and crafting holiday ornaments.
Upcoming horticulture classes at the GEC include:
Peonies: Fall Division & Cultivation, a hands-on workshop by peony expert, Kathleen Gagen of Peony’s Envy;
Ginko, The Tree that Time Forgot, a lecture by Sir Peter Crane, renowned botantist and Yale Professor;
Eco-Gardening: Biological Gardening vs. Chemical Gardening, a lecture by Rodal Research Institutes Executive Director, Mark Smallwood;
Putting your Garden to Bed, a hands-on workshop led by our own Lisa Beebe, Director of Horticulture
The GEC will be hosting a Fall Farm Fest on the evening of Thursday, November 14th. It will be an evening of farm-to-table food and conversation, featuring key-note speaker Jim Gooch of the CT Farmland Trust. Locally sourced wine, beer, cheese and a delicious farm-style dinner will be served.
Floral design classes for the Fall will include a two-part series on Intro to the Art of Ikebana by Barb Kaytes and Frances Wilson and a Thanksgiving Centerpiece workshop led by Ellen Avellino.
The GEC also has a trip planned to the CT Governor’s Mansion. The trip includes a tour of the house and the gardens which highlight the work of numerous CT sculptors, a docent led tour through Elizabeth Park and lunch at the Pond House Restaurant.
Please visit our website for more details and to register for any of these programs: www.gecgreenwich.org.