Garden Education Center announces April schedule

Now that spring is finally here, the timing is better than ever for getting out into the garden and the Garden Education Center (GEC) is offering several programs in April.

The month will kick off with Grafting Tomatoes with Alan Gorkin on Wednesday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Grafting plants is another form of propagating herbaceous, fast growing plants such as annual vegetables and local horticulturist Alan Gorkin will discuss the relatively “new” process of grafting tomatoes, and why it’s an effective technique. Students will practice the technique in class and take materials home to grow in their own garden.

On Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. it will be Kerry Mendez: Simplifying Gardens to Fit our Lifestyle. This program is built around the theme that “change happens.” While many still dream of Better Homes and Gardens landscapes for their home, reality has muddied the picture.

This program discusses how job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens and what can be done to change that. The lecture is designed to provide easy-to-follow downsizing strategies, suggest what no-fuss plant material you can get and talk about design tips for “stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to autopilot as you can get.”

Then on April 24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. it will be Girls Night Out: Cash & Carry Flowers. This is a workshop with tips on choosing and arranging store-bought flowers with floral designer, Miriam Landsman. A light dinner a dessert provided will be provided, but this event is “bring your own beverage.”

The month will close out with the Green Schools Walk in the Pinetum program on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. This will be a chance for people to find out how Greenwich students have been working to contribute to the town’s natural resources. The program includes a hike and tour trail of projects of the past, present and future with Deanna Novak and Meg McAuley Kaicher. It will be an opportunity to learn how students can get involved, get their hands dirty and link up to global conservation efforts.

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

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