Coming up: microgardens & greens

Can’t wait until the frost date to get planting?  Need an excuse to explore early Spring in the park with the family?  The Garden Education Center is offering four opportunities this week for children to have fun and play in windowsill gardens, the GEC greenhouse, and the Montgomery Pinetum.

This Friday, join us for the kids version of our GEC Seed Starting  Workshop.

Sunday is the first day of Spring and we are offering a family abridged version of the GEC make your own hypertufa garden container.  Join our hands-on demonstration, as we try a new recycled newspaper recipe.  Details below, hope to see you then!


March 18th – The GEC hosts a fun Friday of planting seeds with little ones in the classroom

Mushrooms toddlers age 1-3 (with caregivers) 9:15-10:15 am PRE-REGISTER HERE
Sprouts age 3-8 (drop off) 3:45-5 pm PRE-REGISTER HERE

This is a fun hands-on way to learn the basics in indoor seed starting:  looking closely at soils, sands, and seed packets, and asking questions together about indoor seedling care. We will be planting microgreens in papercrete containers to take home and care for.  These small worlds are bright, cheerful, and nutritious!

Pre-register ASAP as we have limited supplies, $20/per child.

March 20th – First Day of Spring Family Playdate

Mushrooms age 1-3 with family 9:15-10:15 am
Sprouts age 3-8 with family 2:00-3:00 pm

Pre-registration required PRE-REGISTER HERE, please indicate morning Mushrooms, or afternoon Sprouts

Bring your family for a self-guided search for fairy and gnome homes in the Pinetum.  Come dressed up if you like!  Search among the unfurling ferns, mushrooms, and mosses for signs of Spring and hidden stamps and coloring sheets, with siblings, parents, and grandparents.  Our family friendly hands-on gardening demo in the greenhouse will show you how to make your own mini papercrete containers out of recycled newspaper.  They are great for microgreen or moss fairy gardens.  Come play in the park!

Pre-register ASAP as we have limited supplies, $20/per child.


Here are photos from our recent workshop on microclimates, terrariums and the soil web.  We had so much fun practicing scientific collecting, building and caring for habitats, and looking closely.  We were most inspired this month by the story of tree-climber, scientist, and arbornaut, Dr. Meg Lowman, and her tools, walkways, find, and adventures in the canopies.  Extra big thanks to our Garden Steward teen volunteers!

Together we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and green stewardship


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