It’s a chilly, overcast Mother’s Day so why not head to the warm greenhouses at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens on 7 Sylvan Lane in Westport to take mom shopping for some special herbs and vegetables for her containers, patio garden or vegetable garden. Gilbertie’s is a family-owned business started in 1922 and is the largest grower of herb plants in the US. They supply over 400 different varieties of USDA Organic herbs, some of which are very hard to find, to outlets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US. Visit their garden center in Westport to enjoy the formal display gardens, themed greenhouses and gift shop offering herbs and vegetables from the usual to the exotic. Open Mother’ Day from 9-4.
Sal Gilbertie is a nationally recognized expert on herbs and is the author of 6 books on the subject including the recently released “Small Plot, High Yield Gardening”. He regularly conducts talks and workshops at the Westport location and was featured in the Spring 2010 edition of Edible Nutmeg magazine . Reserve your spot now for “Grilling with Herbs” on June 19 at 1:30 when Sal Gilbertie will grill under the arbor and share dishes and recipes every backyard gardener and grill chef can enjoy.
The Maritime Aquarium at 10 North Water Street in Norwalk has a new permanent exhibit called “Go Fish! Long Island Sound & Beyond,” that is not to be missed. Take mom on Sunday and the entire family will enjoy the lessons learned about how to respect the fish that live in the waters of Long Island Sound and elsewhere in the world. Guests learn about sustainable seafood via interactive exhibits and a short film about the challenges sea life face from unsustainable fishing practices including overfishing, aggressive fishing methods, and certain types of fish farming.
Children will enjoy catching and releasing replicas of the native species found in local waters and then heading up to the 30,000 gallon tank to see them up close and personal. The cod will even come to the surface looking for food. See if you can identify the cod, striped bass, Atlantic salmon, tautogs, wolffish and spiny dogfish sharks in the tank. Don’t forget to pick up a sustainable seafood pocket guide courtesy of Seafood Watch.
In the Seafood Choices Café we Learn to Avoid:
- Atlantic cod,
- summer flounder and
- sole because they are overfished.
- Atlantic salmon because it is not raised in a sustainable manner.
- Atlantic halibut caught by trawling because it disrupts the sea floor and results in unwanted bycatch that is thrown back to die.
And to Instead Choose:
- US farmed tilapia,
- US albacore tuna bearing the Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council,
- recreationally fished striped bass,
- wild-caught salmon,
- swordfish caught by harpoon or handline.
The exhibit sends a very simple but powerful message: “Every small step counts. Be a part of the solution.”