By Janet Serra

Posted: 01/13/2017 17:08:06

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich located on 130 Bible St. in Cos Cob is hosting a series of horticultural and floral design programs in March. The floral design classes are taught by Trish O'Sullivan, and director of Trish O'Sullivan Floral Design LLC, located in NYC for 25 years, and Director of the prestigious New York Botanical Garden Floral Design program. The classes that Trish teaches will inspire floral designers and flower enthusiasts in creating beautiful floral designs that are uniquely their own. There are two ways to take the classes, by direct participation or by gallery observation. Gallery participants will have the opportunity to observe and take notes only for the entire class at a reduced rate which is specified under each program description!

On March 7 the theme is blue roses in leaf lined vessels. The stunning blue-purple, lavender and grey toned moody blues rose, along with its large blooming head and delicate fragrance makes the moody blues rose a treasure found for floral designers. The color palette will be complemented with purple blossoms, eucalyptus berries and a variety of textural floral material. Students will learn the technique for creating a "New York-Dome Style" arrangement. ​Details and reservations online.

On March 11,18 and 25, Trish is conducting a wedding day workshop. The first session will include:Bridal Bouquet and Tussie-Mussy hand held Mother-of-the-Bride bouquet. The second session will include: Bridesmaid Bouquet and Boutonnieres and the final session will include: Flower Crown & Flower Girl Baskets. The cost for all three sessions is $325 in addition to a material and class fee. For details and to sign up visit the website.

If you enjoy working with tropical flowers, don't miss the workshop on them that takes place on March 22. Orchids, Ginger, Mini-Pineapples and Parakeet Heliconia are among the exotic tropical flowers and leaves that will make a dazzling modern floral centerpiece for you to enjoy year round. Participants will learn how to select and care for tropical flowers along with all the design techniques for creating amazing floral displays with these stunning flowers of the jungle.

For garden lovers, the Garden Education Center has planned a Garden Tag Sale on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is something here for every gardener including new and old informational and coffee table books, cache pots, baskets, vases, hand tools, and much more.​

On March 23, David Culp will discuss trends in horticulture including the best trends of yesterday, today and tomorrow. David Culp has his finger on the pulse of the nursery and horticulture industry, particularly perennial plants. Hear what he has to say about trends in planting styles, container gardening, green and other trending garden colors, native plants, naturalistic plantings and more. The cost to attend this event is $35 for members of the GEC/$45 for non-members of the GEC For more information regarding David Culp, please click on the following link: www.davidlculp.com/bio.htm

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