What can you expect at this Sunday’s Family Nature Play? Building with bottles, and a bonus for the birds for the first five families to identify the mystery photo (see below). If you can’t join us on Sunday,
we can reserve a DIY kit with your name on it.
Cos Cob weather.gov predicts: “Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 13. Windy.” But it’s a fresh, green, 71 degrees in the greenhouse. Come play! Workshop demos will take place at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30, and build time is approximately 15-20 minutes. Please pre-register at
In the workshop: Each family can build and take home a windowsill mini pop-bottle planter, with lettuce seeds. It’s your chance to join/support the lettuce challenge. In April you’ll have the opportunity to share photos from your windowsill garden experiment. You can be recognized as one of our special community supporters at the Lettuce Challenge awards on April 19th. Plus, it’s a recycled sub-irrigated planter (click for photo)! What cooler way to geek out about the capillary action of soil, and what better excuse have you got this weekend to practice sharp tool skills and play with ‘dirt’ with the family? (Photo from Second Sunday Pollinator Workshop)
You can also search for playful treasures hidden among our plants for sale.
Help us test out our Lettuce Challenge school workshop stations. Can you see anything growing that has the color “warm glow”? (Pollinator photo contribution)
Check our our resources and use our art supplies in the classroom area. We hope they will help you become better acquainted with the Lettuce Challenge, and maybe…. ( Pollinator Artwork by Allison N.)
With green thumbs we’ll be better windowsill gardeners, ready for spring gardening, and maybe even become adventurous salad eaters.
Practice plant measuring, observation, and sketching.
HERE IT IS! Our teen pollinator photo challenge: Can you find this mystery spot in the horticultural building? (Mystery Photo Credit Pollinator Isobelle N., CMS)
Your Bonus: The first five families to find the location of the mystery pollinator photo will get one of these suet feeders we made today with the mushrooms (our first experiment with the Cornell Lab’s Tallow recipe!). Bundle up nice and warm, bring your binoculars, and take a hike on the trails with the family after you play in the workshop, because it’s the 18th annual Great Backyard Birdcount weekend – go citizen scientists!
If you can’t join us on Sunday, but would like to support and be a part of the lettuce challenge, please contact Deanna at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a GIY (grow it yourself) Mini Lettuce Challenge Windowsill Kit for $10 to pick up at the GEC. Supplies and building instructions for a pop bottle planter are included, with lettuce seeds.
If you would like to continue to support the GEC in our mission to promote horticulture, conservation, and the arts, and our new school outreach programs, please consider
becoming a member, or donating to our annual appeal at www.gecgreenwich.org.