Preparing Soil & Planting

Sunday, May 05, 2024
1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Greenwich, CT, Connecticut

Location Details

Greenwich Audubon Center

613 Riversville Rd, Greenwich, CT, 06831, CT

Preparing Soil & Planting

May 05, 2024 - Greenwich, CT, CT


In the seventh workshop of our Ecological Landscapes series, we will review the principles that we learned in the previous “Needs of Plants” class. We will need to adhere to these principals when we prepare the soil for planting. The most important of these principals is preserving the structure and ecology of the soil. We will learn a simple method of determining how much compost is needed for each planting bed.

At the Intern House garden site, we will observe, by demonstration, the technique for incorporating compost into the soil with minimum disturbance and therefore with the minimum of effort on our part. We will then learn how to prepare the garden bed for planting, again with minimum soil disturbance and effort. We will learn how to prepare the hole for each plant, how deep to plant, and how to water in the plant.


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: Brian Crawford

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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.

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