Drop into the GEC Greenhouse to see a ten minute demonstration: how to build your own papercrete containers, and then take some creative time to play with our supplies.
We are watching the forecast carefully for snow on the first day of Spring. We will post any weather updates or cancellations on this page. Thanks!
WEATHER UPDATE: AFTERNOON SPROUTS IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER and local cancellations. AFTERNOON SPROUTS FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND MORNING MUSHROOMS, 9:15-10:15am (snow and rain are expected from Noon to 3pm, and snow after 3pm).
We’ll also provide some prompts for an early Spring search inside the greenhouse and among the mosses and early spring sights in the Pinetum. With very cold weather expected, our self-guided scavenger hunt in the Pinetum will require your warmest fairy costumes and wildest imaginations. There is so much to see when you practice looking closely. We’ll help you find the spots to watch for big bright changes to come. The Montgomery Pinetum provides much inspiration for family exploring. Pre-registration required: PRE-REGISTER HERE, $20 per child supports our growing Gardening for Stewardship Enrichment program. Hope to see you then!
A fairy ring is rising – thanks to our Mushrooms and Sprouts who planted in the Autumn
We see you, Fern! Don’t miss the earliest stages of unfurling
Our intern spotted these fairy castles last year and we love returning to them all year
Do you know where this faucet is?
How do you know where to search for fairy rings in Spring?
From our Encyclopedia of Gardening: A “Fairy Ring” of Fern Fiddleheads
This week we’re celebrating the first day of Spring on Friday, March 20th and we’ve been really into learning about solar energy.
Unfortunately, without enough signups for this week’s Family Day, our guest expert visit, and demonstration of the solar oven with Permaculture Design Expert Helen Loughrey has been cancelled. However, we learned a lot from her presentation at the Pollinators workshop last week. I’ll be in the greenhouse today if you want to stop by, I’ll share the story of how she used the principles and tools of permaculture, and her super observation skills to boil a cup of water, in 42 degree weather, on a cloudy day, in less than an hour. And of course, the solar energy we’re collecting in the greenhouse means a pleasant 71 degrees, with plenty of bright green plants for sale. Stop by! We’re open from 2-4 pm, and activities in the workshop take about 30 minutes to complete.
Weather.gov prediction for Cos Cob: Scattered sprinkles after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.