gPg Work Day at Greensboro Science Center – November 5, 2016

Proposed work area at Greensboro Science Center
Proposed work area at Greensboro Science Center

Location: Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455 [ map ]

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Arrival: We’ll meet out front near the Front Greensboro Science Center Lobby.  Chandra will meet us there.

Volunteer Form:  All participants will need to fill out the volunteer form.  You can get a copy here  [ Volunteer Form ] or you can fill one when you arrive.  Participants must be 16 years old to participate.

Those arriving late can ask front desk where to meet us for the work day.

Park anywhere in the Science Center Parking Lot

Chandra Metheny, gPg member and Horticulturist in the Horticulture & Grounds Department at the Greensboro Science Center, will be our work day organizer and leader.

We will be replanting a region across from the Lemur/Fossa exhibits where we previously had blighted apple trees and a few understory perennials and herbs. This area will be redesigned and developed to demonstrate a simple permaculture guild with edible plants that can be used for our animals for ‘browse’ and include an African-style raised key hole garden bed! We will create signage for this area and our edible tropical oasis between Fossa/Lemur to highlight permaculture as a local and global phenomenon.

Zoos incorporate what are called ‘browse gardens’ since many creatures need to be provided with natural forage material and a wide variety of diet items. This area will not only serve as a browse garden, but will double as an example of permaculture in action.

There will be a break after lunch to see a few interesting sites under development around campus! Chandra will give us a tour of the edible Oasis and the Living Rooftop and possible a side trip to the biocell with info on bioremediating annuals and perennials doing well there.

You do not need to be a member of GPG to attend — everyone is welcome.

What to bring: Bring a bag lunch, shovels, gloves, close-toed shoes, mattocks.  You must dress appropriately for this event.

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