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Stair Railing to Storage Installed!

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Thanks to Club Carpenter Michael Poler and Jim Ackerly who have just installed a handrail to the basement at the Potting Shed!  The underground area provides newly cleaned and organized storage for hundreds of clay pots and other goodies we will be using in months to come.  Stop by and have a look when you get a chance. Safety first!

Watch the Clearing, Installation & Planting of our Garden Patch

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Be sure to stop by the Potting Shed often in the next few weeks to see the how our new “educational garden patch” develops!  There will be lots of opportunities to help as well.  The week of June 30th, the Sixth Taxing District arranged to have several trees next to the greenhouse removed to provide the essential sunlight to make our garden grow.  The work was done by arborist Larry Brown and overseen by Jason O’Donnell and Tory Woodruff.

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Summer Camp Bug Fun

Artist and Gardener Lynn Massey led an enthusiastic group of campers in some bug fun at the Potting Shed.  Part of a collaborative series run by the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners on Thursdays this month and next, the session was a huge success. Another featured “camp counselor” was Nick Mancini, Master Gardener, author, teacher, lecturer, garden consultant and coach with decades of experience.

Pinkney Picking

Thanks to Petrea and Michael Poler for these beautiful photos of the herb garden at Pinkney Park!  What a glorious setting.  The herbs have been cut and are now hung in the Potting Shed to dry – nature’s bounty will provide sweet aromas and flavors in the future.

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert

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It has long been known that some plants can respond to sound. But why would a plant evolve the ability to hear? Now researchers are reporting that one reason may be to defend itself against predators.  A new study suggests that response is linked to self defense.  To see whether predator noises would affect plants, two University of Missouri researchers exposed one set of plants to a recording of caterpillars eating leaves, and kept another set of plants in silence. Read more in this article from The New York Times.