Garden Education Center to feature horticulturist

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich (GEC) and the Greenwich Tree Conservancy are set to present two inspiring and informative lectures by renowned horticulturist Michael A. Dirr. Dr. Dirr is widely regarded as the leading expert on trees and shrubs for landscapes and gardens. He is the author of ten books, including the definitive reference book, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Dr. Dirr has published more than 300 scientific papers and popular articles and his teaching and lectures programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural knowledge, awareness and appreciation. He has received the highest teaching and gardening awards from the American Society of Horticultural Science, American Horticulture Society, American Nursery & Landscape Association and Garden Club of America. The first lecture, entitled What’s New in Viburnums and Hydrangeas, will take place on April 8 at 10 a.m. at the GEC, 130 Bible Street. The second lecture, In Praise of Noble Trees, will begin the same day at 6 p.m. with a reception and book signing followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. at Greenwich Country Day School. The cost is $40 per class or $75 for both classes. To register for these programs, visit or call 203-869-9242.

The GEC is also preparing for its Sprouts and Seedlings Pre-school Summer Enrichment program, taking place June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 21 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the GEC. The program is taught by dedicated teachers who offer hands-on lessons rooted in science, art, literature, math and dramatic play to encourage the development of the whole child: mentally, emotionally and physically.

The GEC and the grounds of the Montgomery Pinetum serve as a safe venue for parents to allow their children to explore nature in a way that’s largely absent in today’s world. The exciting new program is open to pre-schoolers, ages three to six.

For details, e-mail [email protected]

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