Garden Education Center sets March programs

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich has a variety of family-friendly events in store for March.

On Monday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon, it will be Plant Doctor Series #3: House Plant Cures. The winter months can be hard on your houseplants. Bring in your plant and let the Plant Doctor find the cure. Materials fee may apply and there can also be appointments made for plans to be looked at.

Later this week it will be Girls Night Out with Rachel Khanna. That will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ms. Khanna is a holistic health counselor, chef and author of Live, Eat, Cook Healthy: Simple, Fresh and Delicious Recipes for Balanced Living. The GEC calls this a great opportunity to catch up with friends and learn new recipes. Light dinner and dessert based on recipes from the book will be provided.

On Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon it will be Shade Gardening with David Culp

Mr. Culp, an author, plant hybridizer and garden extraordinaire, will be returning to the GEC to share his knowledge of shade gardening and show how to turn those tough shady spots in the garden into a cool, colorful and relaxing respite. Mr. Culp, whose recent book, The Layered Garden, won the coveted Garden Writers’ Association Award Best Overall Book in 2013, will show how to utilize color, texture and size of plants to achieve interest and share his understanding of the light, water and soil conditions required for a thriving Shade Garden.

The Art and Science of Pruning will be held on Saturday, March 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nick Mancini will teach how to achieve a desired shape by cutting and directing branches to maintain size, improve structural strength, increase air circulation, control diseases and augment plant longevity.

Then it will be Using Edible Plants in Your Landscape on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. Edible plants are the fastest growing segment of horticulture, but it is no longer just the usual rows of veggies and herbs. They are now part of the landscape, used as much for their ornamental attributes and visual interest, as their food value. Lloyd Traven, owner of Peacetree Farm, will look at ways to work this into all areas of your landscape.

On Monday, March 24, the Plant Doctor will return for House Plant Repotting from 10 a.m. to noon or by appointment The GEC notes it’s time to get your plants ready for the growing season and new pot and fresh soil is the perfect remedy. Bring in your favorite plants for some TLC.

There will be Fruit Tree Grafting with Charles Day on Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The GEC and The Greenwich Land Trust have partnered to bring Mr.  Day, a former commercial fruit-grower to explain this ancient craft and demonstrate the techniques involved.

In this three-hour session he will teach about the collection and storage of scion wood, rootstocks and their function, different types of grafts and the reasons for using them and the art of tying and waxing. Participants will have the opportunity to hone their grafting skills on real trees in one of the Greenwich Land Trust’s orchard preserves. Come dressed for the outdoors and a materials fee of $5 paid day of class. A light lunch and dessert will be provided.

To register for these programs, visit gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242. The GEC is located at 130 Bible Street,

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