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Garden Center Has Room To Grow

Tucked away in Cos Cob is a place ripe for gardening enthusiasts, flower lovers and anyone looking for family-friendly events and activities: It's the Garden Education Center of Greenwich.

"Even though we've been here over 50 years, there are still people who have not discovered us," President Karen Sadik-Khan said. "What is offered here in Greenwich is a unique teaching facility for garden lovers, other organizations and kids."

On the grounds of Pomerance/Montgomery Pinetum Park, the Garden Education Center of Greenwich is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts through educational outreach activities and special events. A staff of three full-time workers runs the center along with its board members and advisory council, but they rely heavily on volunteers.

"All of our programs are created by volunteers, our events are made possible by volunteers and this organization could not possibly work without them," Vice President of Communications Madeline Marchese said.

Emerging from its August hiatus, the Garden Education Center has a huge lineup of fall events to attract new members and volunteers.

"Secrets to Preparing and Staging Blue Ribbon Dahlias" on Sept. 2 will feature the guru of winning dahlias, Steve Nowotarski, to prepare for the third annual Dazzling Dahlias Show on Sept. 15 and 16. They expect 1,000 people at the event this year.

The next major event will be the second annual Harvest Moon Festival. At $35 per family for the gala, kids and parents can enjoy such activities as harvesting crops from the teaching garden, a pumpkin patch, face painting, scavenger hunt, bake sale and a food demonstration.

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich is at 130 Bible St. in Cos Cob. For more information on events or to become a member, call 203-869-9242 or visit its website .

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