Ecological Gardening Course Series

Ecological Gardening Course Series
Registration Begins
4/3/2021 1:00 PM
Last Day To Register
4/3/2021 8:00 PM
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831, US
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THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED, we will update this page when rescheduled dates are announced.

One of the best ways we can support wildlife around our homes, schools, or community spaces is through gardening.  While local environments are beautiful and fostering them without the use of harmful chemicals is beneficial, doing this effectively requires an understanding of how plants, animals, and people interact to create balanced ecosystems.  We are offering this course to help you gain a fundamental understanding of this ecological balance, and to equip you with strategies to accomplish this.

This immersive, 12-hour Ecological Gardening course will be led by James Carr, who taught at the New York Botanical Gardens for over 20 years.  This comprehensive course series will use an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning to teach participants everything they need to know in order to design, install, cultivate, and manage thriving, pesticide-free gardens and home landscapes.  These gardens are designed to be aesthetically beautiful for people, supportive of wildlife, and low maintenance.  

Photo: Jeremy M. Lange / 2017.


This course will take place over three Saturdays, with two class sessions per Saturday.  Between each day’s pair of sessions, you will have a lunch break.  During this time, you are welcome to stay onsite or go offsite and return in time for the second session.  Classes will take place mostly outside in a small group setting on the Audubon grounds, with some classroom time.  Once you register for the course, we will reach out to you with more information about the program.  If you are unable to make one of the sessions or dates, the instructor is also available for private sessions.  If you are interested in this option, please reach out to us for private session rates.  Capacity is limited, so we encourage you to register early. 


Schedule and Themes for Course Sessions:


Saturday, May 22nd  

Introduction to Ecological Gardening  (10 am – 12 pm) 

& What Plants Need, Part I  (1 pm – 3 pm) 

Saturday, June 5th  

What Plants Need, Part II  (10 am – 12 pm) 

& Natural Pest Control, Part I  (1 pm – 3 pm) 


Saturday, June 19th 

Natural Pest Control, Part II  (10 am – 12 pm) 

& Managing Your Plants  (1 pm – 3 pm) 


This IN-PERSON program has a limited capacity of participants and will be held mostly outdoors, with some component of indoor classroom with people spaced out.  All participants are required to wear a face mask covering for the duration of the program. 

Our buildings and facilities are still closed to the public, so we please ask that you plan accordingly.  A bathroom will be available.


Tickets MUST be purchased 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. 


  • Program Fee: This 12-hour course series is $199 per person, which includes all sessions.  
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Recommended for ages 16 and up.
  • Please register for the quantity of ALL members in your party.
  • We will meet you in our parking lot at the start of the program.  Please ensure everyone in your party is wearing a face mask.
  • For questions, please contact Caroline Bailey at or 203-900-3349.

Please note, by signing up for this event you are consenting to receive emails from Audubon about this program and our conservation work. You may opt-out of our emails at any time.

PLEASE NOTE:  Ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you cannot attend the program for any reason, you can share your ticket with another guest.

$199.00 per Participant
Cancellation Policy
NO REFUNDS: We are unable to refund this in the event you decide not to attend, however you are welcome to share your ticket purchase with another guest in your place. In the event of inclement weather, we will schedule a rain date.

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