Please try to resist tidying away the hollow plant stems in your garden in the autumn and instead wait until the following year. They may have tiny bees hibernating inside! For more information, check out the Buzz About Bees website.
Thanks to our Environmental Awareness Chair, Mary Verel, for a thought-provoking article from the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens website. When you’re shopping for native plants there are a few very important questions to ask your local nursery before buying anything. This article lists them and makes the point that there are many native plant nurseries around the country that grow organically, don’t use neonicotinoids, and provide locally sourced plants that will work best in your wildlife garden…but you need to ask the questions to make sure.
Sign up soon for this terrific opportunity – space is limited! The new UConn Master Composter Program will take place on five consecutive Saturdays, starting with October 4. The first and fourth classes will be held in the Silver Education Center at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford CT 06903 (203-322-6971). The class/workshop on Saturday, October 11, will be held in the Middlesex County Extension Center 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam CT 06438 (860-345-4511). The third Saturday class will be held at the recycling and transfer station in Fairfield, CT. The field trip on the last Saturday will be in East Canaan in NW CT; directions will be given ahead of time in class. For more information and to register, consult the short syllabus and brochure.
Thanks to our resident healthy options experts (Bridget, Sam, Linda and Pippa), Potting Shed campers learned nutritional facts first hand and had some tasty treats. Then, in the final session of PS Camp,
Regular weekly weeding days have been put on our calendar and the continuous and formidable efforts are making a difference around the Rowayton Community Center! The Rose Garden/Flagpole crew works 8:30 – 10 am on Monday mornings and the Field/Building Beds crew works Saturdays from 10:45 am – noon throughout the rest of summer. Here are some great photos of Brenda and Phyllis vanquishing the Artemisia in the Field Border and a pruning team tackling trees, shrubs and vines. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! Take a look at more photos of our tool-wielding workers…
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