The Needs of Plants & How to Satisfy Them Ecologically

Sunday, April 07, 2024
1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Greenwich, CT, Connecticut

Location Details

Greenwich Audubon Center

613 Riversville Rd, Greenwich, CT, 06831, CT

The Needs of Plants & How to Satisfy Them Ecologically

April 07, 2024 - Greenwich, CT, CT


In the sixth workshop of our Ecological Landscapes series, we will list the needs of plants: sunlight, nutrients, moisture and soil characteristics.

out on the Audubon property, we will observe the functioning of the nutrient cycle by which soil organisms convert dead plant material into humus (compost), the perfect plant food that produces the luxurious growth of plants in the natural world. We will collect samples to take to the classroom to study the ecology of the soil with both the unaided eye and under the microscope, we will learn by observation the structure of a healthy soil and how these soil organisms create it.

In the classroom, we will learn the characteristics of a healthy soil structure and why it is critical for successfully growing plants ecologically. We will learn why compost (humus) is essential for creating and maintaining soil fertility and structure. We will learn how to introduce the natural processes of nutrient recycling into our gardens and landscapes to create and maintain an ecologically healthy soil.


Jim Carr is educated as a biologist. He was an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden for twenty years, teaching a variety of horticultural subjects, always from an ecological perspective. He developed the NYBG program of ecological gardening and landscaping for the School of Professional Horticulture as well as one for home gardeners.

Andy Chapin is a graduate of the Connecticut Master Gardeners program and was the former land steward at the Greenwich Audubon Center. He is developing an educational program for the collecting of native plant seeds and propagating them, which will be presented at the Greenwich Audubon Center.

The program is FREE but participants must register in advance through our online ticket sales page. There will be no ticket sales at the door the day of the program. Please be prepared to show proof of your ticket registration, either as a printed copy of your registration receipt or your registration confirmation email on your phone.


  • Workshop Fee: $25 per person.
  • Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • Pre-registration is required. Select HERE to Register.
  • Please register for the quantity of ALL members in your party. The rate for children and adults is the same.
  • Upon arrival please check in at the front desk and proceed to Kiernan Hall where the indoor portion will take place.

Photo: Ryan MacLean

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Greenwich Audubon Center is a vibrant nature education center located at the main 285-acre Audubon sanctuary in Greenwich. We are a part of the Audubon Connecticut state office of the National Audubon Society and Atlantic Flyway, and steward a total of seven sanctuaries in the Greenwich area. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our miles of trails, nature programs, education resources, conservation-themed events, and nature store throughout the year.

We support a diverse and inclusive environment, and welcome individuals of all races, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, and perspectives. We work with families to modify programs for accessibility where possible.

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