Garden Education Center reveals coming programs

It’s going to be a full month of activities at the Garden Education Center (GEC) of Greenwich at 130 Bible Street with a full slate for garden lovers announced this week.

First, this coming Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. it will be Vincent Simeone: New, Exciting Trees and Shrubs for the Forward Thinking Gardener. The program costs $35 and participants can work with Mr. Simeone, a renowned horticulturist who has worked in the horticultural field for more than 27 years and is the author of four books.

Considered an expert in woody plant ID, culture and selection of superior varieties, the GEC says that this lecture will focus on the newest and most promising selections of trees and shrubs for gardeners with a true appreciation for the best plants available.

Then on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. it’s Girls Night Out Series #1: Discover Your Inner Artist. The cost is $30 plus $20 materials fee paid directly to the instructor and light dinner and dessert will be provided. People should bring their own beverage.

The GEC called this event, “A great opportunity to catch up with friends during those long winter months” and said people can discover their creativity in an introductory painting class “under the expert guidance of artist, Hazel Jarvis.”

On Jan. 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. there will be an Indoor Plant Propagation program. The cost is $25 plus materials fee of $7.50. At this event local horticulturist Alan Gorkin will introduce the basic methods of increasing plants for vegetative (asexual) reproduction. Then, after discussing the theory and methodology behind asexual propagation, participants will practice root, stem and leaf cutting propagation, as well as layering.

Students will have the chance to construct a mini greenhouse to take home with materials used in class.

The Plant Doctor Series #1: Refresh your Terrarium is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon or by appointment.

At this event, people can bring in their own terrarium or purchase a globe from the GEC, which has all the materials needed to bring a little garden into people’s home for the winter. There is a materials fee only.

The January events conclude on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Let’s Do Lunch!. The cost is $35 with lunch included and members may bring a friend for an extra $15. Participants will learn from herb expert, Paul Split, who will demonstrate and lecture about growing, harvesting and, according to the GEC, “using herbs to give your recipes a new oomph.”

To register visit Gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242.

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