Getting ready to garden

Get out your green thumb — the Garden Education Center (GEC) of Greenwich is set to hold three programs next week.

In a busy week for the GEC, the group will have The Plant Doctor is in… Refresh Your Terrarium or Topiary, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child with Andrea Candee, Master Herbalist and Under-Appreciated Plants for Your Garden with Tim Patterson.

You can join the GEC “doctors” in the Horticulture building on Monday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon for a hands-on workshop on rejuvenating your terrarium or topiary. GEC will provide a fun learning experience and help participants re-create a unique mini garden or plant sculpture. The cost is $5 plus the cost of materials, payable to the instructor.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., learn from “Master Herbalist” Andrea Candee, who will spend the morning explaining the benefits of nature’s pharmacy, focusing on her book, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child, a comprehensive guide to natural remedies for children’s health issues. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Finally, join world renowned landscaper Tim Paterson on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. and get up-to-date on his selection of under-appreciated perennials to add to your gardens this spring. Mr. Paterson will share his philosophy that designing beautiful and enduring gardens requires a careful balance between the creative process and a keen awareness of the correct plant choices. Participants are welcome to come open their minds to new planting combinations and ideas. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

Each of these programs is held at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street. To register for the programs, visit Gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242.

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