Garden Education Center’s upcoming events

Garden enthusiasts can boost their skills this month at a variety of exciting workshops held by the Garden Education Center of Greenwich.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Barb Kaytes and Frances Wilson will be leading an Introduction to the art of Ikebana. In the morning, they will present an overview of the Sogetsu discipline.

After lunch there will be a workshop to create elegant Ikebana designs. Containers, plant material and instruction will be provided, but participants should bring a lunch. Space is limited.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., landscape designers Florence Boogaerts and Susan Cohen will present Japanese Gardens: Two Designers’ Views. They will share their perceptions of the historic gardens of Japan. Showing images from their combined travels, they will concentrate on the ancient and modern traditions of both dry gardens and the stroll gardens of the aristocrats. Japanese culture has influenced design aesthetics in the West since the late 19th century.

Ms. Boogaerts and Ms. Cohen will discuss how their own work has been affected by their passion for these gardens. Beverages and dessert will be provided, but all are advised to bring lunch.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., Master gardener Nick Mancini, owner of the Organic Gardening Workshop, will discuss the philosophy of true organic gardening.

Topics will include learning how to use macro and micronutrients correctly, adjusting pH levels and preparing the soil to harvest three crops a year, and a fourth one during winter months. His new book The Complete Organic Garden will be available for purchase and inscription. Materials fee will be paid on the day of class.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., local artist Hazel Jarvis will host a Beginner’s Painting Class.

This event is a repeat of the popular January Girl’s Night Out Painting class. In this two hour class, Ms. Jarvis will present an introduction to abstraction. Materials fee will be paid day of class. BYOB is encouraged.

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich is located at 130 Bible Street.

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

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