On June 4, we will be planting up containers at the Secret Garden (at OGS) and in the Port of Entry Garden (in the south parking lot of OG train station). These two environments are quite different: the Secret Garden is quite shady and a bit private, while the Port of Entry Garden is in full sun and seen by hundreds of people every day. We will choose appropriate plants for each environment, using tropical plants, annuals, and perennials in both gardens. We will label the plants and list them on this website. The common theme is drama!
We were featured in Greenwich Time in an article about the wall in the train station parking lot. We have rechristened that space “The Port of Entry Garden” and we are working on designs to help make the space a credit to our community. Click here to see the article, or visit our Port of Entry Garden page to find out more about our plans!
(formerly known as “The Parking Lot by that Wall”)
We are very excited about the the opportunity to invest our time, expertise, and funds in a project that will bring beauty and enjoyment to our community while creating a habitat for pollinators. We have all grown weary of seeing the dreariness every day, and we want to demonstrate what we have learned: we can have beauty and function for us and the environment.
The GCOG members have varying levels of expertise from enthusiastic beginners to garden and landscape professionals as well as six certified master gardeners. One thing we all share is a love of our community, and this is the perfect project to celebrate our 95th year as we began our five year countdown to our Centennial.
We want to demonstrate that beauty, variety, and the environment can work together. Some equate “pollinator gardens” with “weedy mess”, and many homeowners do not know how many beautiful plants are east coast natives. We also want to showcase many of the beautiful and robust plants that we have in our gardens, especially the plants that we make available at our annual Plant Sale.