Garden Education Center of Greenwich welcomes new director; fall programs

Niall McMorrow

Niall McMorrow

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob welcomes Niall McMorrow, as new executive director.

Niall, a resident of New Canaan, has a broad experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. As a past volunteer at The Horticultural Society of New York and The New York Botanical Garden, and a former director of horticulture at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, Niall has been involved in a myriad of horticultural activities since 2007, reflecting his deep passion for all things related to plants and design. Prior to this, Niall had a 25-year career in international banking, most recently as a managing director at ING Bank in New York.

The Board of Directors is excited to have Niall share all his talents with the GEC.

Fall programs at the GEC

Dazzling Dahlias Show

The Greenwich Dahlia Society is hosting the Dazzling Dahlias show at the Garden Center Saturday, Oct. 3, 1-4; Sunday, Oct. 4, 10-3. Free public viewing.

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Founded in 2009, the Greenwich Dahlia Society of the Garden Education Center is a Participating Society of the American Dahlia Society, in which our members may also be enrolled. We range from novices to dahlia experts and welcome newcomers from throughout the area. To join the Greenwich Dahlia Society, visit the GEC website.

Fall Open House

Sunday, Oct. 4, 10-3, during the Dazzling Dahlias Show.

View dahlia blooms at the Dazzling Dahilas Show

Indulge in tasty garden treats in the Greenhouse

Find plants for your fall garden & home

Explore nature play for the whole family led by our Director of Youth Programs, Deanna Novak.

Delicious and nutritious sprouts, Pea & Sunflower will be for sale.

Beginning Yoga for Gardeners, Not your Daughter’s Yoga!

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sept. 16 through Nov. 18.

October classes will be held Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 29.

Keep your muscles & joints limber this winter. Hatha Yoga postures stretching & alignment of the body, promoting balance & flexibility. Great for beginners.  Instructor, Kim Bass.

Registration Required. Bring your Yoga mat.

“Food for Thought” — Conscious Living Dinner Conversation Series

Mondays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Roberti — Hippocrates Health Institute Health Educator

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison” — Anne Wigmore

We are surrounded by an abundance of fast, ready-made foods that are that quickly becoming the new normal. This three-part interactive dinner conversation will give you the tools to make informed decisions & avoid the pitfalls of the ‘Standard American Diet’ (SAD). Each dinner conversation includes lively demos and conversations that inspire nutritional transformations. Dr. Jonathan Roberti is a celebrated speaker, Hippocrates Health Institute health educator, and wellicious guru. After weighting more than 240 pounds and spending more time in other doctor’s offices than his own, Jonathan transformed his entire life and is opening the door for others to do the very same.

Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This dinner conversation focuses on sourcing and creating simple sustainable meals that incorporate vibrant, whole-food nutrition that appeal to the entire family. Eliminating animal protein, diary, highly-processed, denatured foods from your daily routine can be a game changer. Learn how to incorporate living foods to prevent the most common chronic illnesses and to strengthen your immune and digestive system.

Food preparation, demo, and vegan dinner feast will be included.

iPhone Photography with Anne Friday

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.

Come unlock the secrets of your phone camera. It’s not just for selfies! Prize winning photographer, Anne Friday will show you how to get amazing photographs using your phone and explain all the features and techniques available.

The Three Ecologies of Successful Residential Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 members; $45 non members.

“A powerful landscape unfolds like a story. Your land is your home and within your home is the house.” Edmund Hollander, Landscape Architect

Please join renowned landscape architects Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly, partners in

Hollander Design and authors of the new book, The Good Garden, for an insightful dialogue about the seminal elements of successful residential landscapes. As the authors maintain, the Three Ecologies: Ecology of site, Human Ecology and the Ecology of Architecture, are the cornerstones of a successful residential project. The program will be followed by a book signing and lite lunch. Registration Required.

Youth Programs

Be a part of the Earthlings Enrichment Program. We offer educational and creative play onsite in your local classrooms, school gardens, windowsill gardens, and compost bins.  We’ll be using stories and imagination to branch out and forage in our Green Spaces during developmentally appropriate nature-based programs.

Ages 1-3 with Caregivers: The Mushrooms

Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m., at the GEC

Advance registration required: Cost $160 per eight week session

Autumn I: Oct. 7, 14, 21, Autumn II begins Oct. 28

Ages 4 – 8: Sprouts & Seedlings, After School Enrichment

Thursdays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm at the GEC

Advance registration required. Cost $160 per eight week session

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5

Ages 12-17:  Second & Third Sunday at the GEC

Earn Community Service Hours! Teen Volunteers use your tech, writing, or drawing skills to help build and support our Earthling Enrichment Programs, and build your narrative storytelling and horticultural knowledge.

Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13.

Advance registration required

All ages: Don’t Miss Third Sunday Nature Play

Try self-guided scavenger hunts, building stories, games, and maps.  Support hands-on play in our green spaces.

Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20

Advance registration required; Cost $3 per person

Coming in November…Election Day plant sale

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phenomenal Ferns, Begonias, Ivy and other interesting houseplants to liven up your indoor landscape. Bring in your own container and we will help you pot up your paperwhite bulbs for the holidays. Pea and Sunflower shoots also available.

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