Christmas Market Silent Auction 2017

It’s time for the Rowayton Gardeners’ Christmas Market and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 AM to 1 PM!  The Silent Auction will be showcased at the Rowayton Community Center and will be available for your perusal starting Friday, December 1st through the end of the Market. Bidding for …

Christmas Market 2017

The Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market will be held Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue. Don’t miss this popular holiday event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and Rand Insurance. You will find great items for holiday decoration that include more …

Thank You – Beekeeping 101

Thanks for signing up! Send your payment of $20 for a Member or $25 for a Non-member by September 10th to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT  06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment.

New Officers for 2017-18

Welcome our new officers for the coming year:   President: Kathy Leeds Vice President: Lisa Shanahan Secretary: Karin Van Sloten Corresponding Secretary: Lynn Anderson Treasurer: Ellen Duggins Assistant Treasurer: Michele Casey Ex-Officio: Betsy Bain

Grand Central Terminal 2017

January 19th was warm and boasted blue skies as we set off on our annual field trip – this year to Grand Central! Our tour was terrific, the logistics worked out ahead of time guided us flawlessly from the RCC to Darien/Metro North and then via the subway and shuttle …

Carve-A-Thon 2016 Photos

More than 100 young and creative pumpkin carvers took part in our 2016 Carve-A-Thon event.  Thanks to volunteers and parents – and in spite of the less than perfect weather, the two days of carving and the Pumpkin Stroll that followed were clearly a big success.  Take a look at …

Silent Auction December 2015

Hello Fellow Gardeners and Friends: It is time, once again, for the Rowayton Gardeners’ Christmas Market and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM to 1 PM. The Silent Auction will be showcased in the Board Room at the Rowayton Community Center and will be available for your perusal …

Soccer Saturdays Began September 12th

Every Saturday (10 am to noon) from September 12th to November 7th, our fabulous team of Rowayton Gardeners will host kids and parents for some amazing fall experiences and all are welcome to join us at the Potting Shed! Enjoy free nature-inspired crafts, garden art and harvest snacking for kids …

Gardening Hacks: 10 Simple Tips

Growing your own food successfully is a constant process of learning which techniques work best for you and your plants. Often simple bits of advice from other gardeners can help provide shortcuts to achieving success in your garden.  Take a look at this wonderful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u31l960Ggx0&feature=youtu.be  

General Meeting – September 2014

Welcome back after summer! Please arrive promptly for this meeting as our annual photograph of members will be the first order of business. Please note that this meeting will take place at the Bayley Beach Pavilion. 10 – 10:30am        Arrival & Group Photo 10:30         …

Seedling Fest 2014 at the Potting Shed

Members, please help us sow some Plant Sale love this month at the Potting Shed from 10-11:30 am on Monday, March 31st.  We will provide all of the materials, just show up and help toss in a seed or two.  We are also looking for seedling caregivers to take home a …

Rowayton Gardeners’ 2014 Spring Market a Success!

The Spring 2014 Market is now history, and a happy history it IS!  Beautiful weather and our new location at the Potting Shed set the backdrop for a fabulous morning with throngs of happy shoppers.  The tag sale tent teemed with bargain hunters and attractively arranged items flew off the …

Christmas Market 2013 Success

This year’s Christmas Market, held at the Rowayton Community Center on December 7th, was a great success. Proceeds will be used to fund upcoming community projects that improve and beautify our public spaces.  An added benefit of the Market is the creativity, team work and camaraderie it inspired among Club …

Thanksgiving Bootcamp on November 15th

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Need some new ideas to spice up your feast? Or dress up your table? Or some healthy & garden-fresh options that are seasonally appropriate and fabulous to wow your guests?  If so, then come join us at the Potting Shed on Friday, November 15th, from 7 …

Workshop Wednesdays: Fall Container Gardening 101

On Wednesday, October 23rd (9:30 – 11:30 am), bring your favorite patio pot or window box to the Potting Shed and we will supply the soil and plants for a lovely fall container garden.  Cost:  $35 per person Please register so that we may gather materials for your container.  Email …

Field Trip to Broken Arrow Nursery – Thursday, May 15th

Since its inception, Broken Arrow Nursery has striven to be one of the premier specialty nurseries of woody plants and perennials in the country.  Plant contacts worldwide allow its owners to acquire and propagate the “latest and greatest” for their gardening friends. As a result of their determined collecting efforts, …

Christmas Market 2013 – Bowmaking Workshop

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place upstairs at the Community Center.  Participants will learn how to make bows for wreaths  and will create several for the Market.

Christmas Market 2013 – Wreath & Swag Workshop

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place in the Moose Room at the Community Center.  Participants will learn how to make decorate wreaths and swags and make several for …

Christmas Market 2013 – Table Arrangement Workshop

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place in the Moose Room at the Community Center.  Participants will learn how to make table arrangements and will make several for sale …

Christmas Market 2013 – Bowmaking Workshop

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place upstairs at the Community Center.  Participants will learn how to make bows for wreaths  and will create several for the Market.

Christmas Market 2013 – Greens Arranging Class

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place in the Moose Room at the Community Center.  Greens arranging will be taught in advance of the Christmas season.

Christmas Market 2013 – Shell Wreath Workshop

The Christmas Market is one of the Gardeners’ most important fundraisers and an extremely popular community event.  This workshop is open to all members and will take place Underground at the Community Center.  More information will come about what will be provided and what you should bring.  At least one …

Board Meeting April 2014

Reports Minutes –  Sarah Graber Treasurer’s Report & Budget Discussion:  Lisa Shanahan Correspondence Report – Carol Giunta  Yearbook Committee- Betsy Bain & Kathy Leeds Committee Descriptions Potting Shed Committee – Erin Combs RCA Grant rental requests Policy Committee Creation:  Betsy Bain Plant Sale Update – Erin Combs Rose Bed Fence …

Board Meeting March 2014 – Rescheduled!

Agenda Reports Minutes – Susanne Miller for Sarah Graber Treasurer’s Report:  Lisa S Correspondence Report – Ellen Bieber for Carol G  Membership Report:  Stella T Potting Shed – Erin C Programming Update Lease Drafting Discussion Electrical Panel Installed Plant Sale Update – Erin C Junior League of Stamford/Norwalk Civic B …

General Meeting April 2014

Meeting Agenda BRIEF General Business Meeting Reports: Minutes – Sarah G Treasurer’s Report: Lisa S. Correspondence Report – Lisa S for Carol G Brief Committee Reports Potting Shed Update – Erin Combs Interim Lease in Progress – Sarah Graber Programming Update Volunteer sign-up Program: Plant Sale Preparation Please, oh, please …

General Meeting March 2014

General Business Meeting 1. Reports Minutes – Sarah G Treasurer’s Report: Lisa S Correspondence Report – Carol G 2. Membership: Stella T New members: Deborah Connelly & Cathy Killefer 3. By-Laws Vote – Betsy B 4. Potting Shed – Erin C / Tory W Programming Update / Sign-Up Sheets Memorandum …

General Meeting February 2014

Agenda coffee & socializing: 9:30 am general meeting 9:45 am: Reports Minutes – Sarah G Treasurer’s Report: Lisa S. Correspondence Report -Lisa S for Carol G By-Laws Committee Presentation – Betsy Bain Potting Shed – Tory Woodruff Programming Document Discussion / Questions Discuss Interim Lease Agreement with District Vote to …

General Meeting January 2014

An agenda of business to be conducted and the topic of our program will be posted prior to the meeting. coffee & socializing: 9:30 am general meeting: 9:45 am program: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

General Meeting November 2013

  9:45 -10:30 General Business Meeting 9:45 Executive Committee Reports 1. Secretary’s Minutes Presented (via email) – Sarah Graber 2. Treasurer’s Rerport – Lisa Shanahan 3. Correspondence Report – Erin Combs for Carol Guinta 9:50 Committee Reports (3-5 min each) 1. Website Presentation – Kathy Leeds 2. Christmas Market – …

General Meeting October 2013

Agenda 9:30 am Arrival / Tea (everyone welcome) 9:45 -10:30 am  General Business Meeting 9:45 am Executive Committee Reports 1. Secretary’s Minutes Presented (via email) – Sarah Graber 2. Correspondence Report – Carol Guinta 3. Treasurer’s Rerport – Frani Taylor for Lisa Shanahan 9:50 am Committee Reports (3-5 min each) …

General Meeting September 2013

Welcome back after summer!  Please arrive promptly for this meeting as our annual photograph of members will be the first order of business.  Please note that this meeting will take place at the Bayley Beach Pavilion. 10:00 – 10:30am Arrival & Group Photo 10:30   Welcome & Introductions of New Members and Guests …

Spring Plant & Tag Sale – 2013

Rowayton Gardeners held their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 9 am to noon at the Rowayton Community Center. The sale featured an outstanding collection of annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, planters and hanging baskets offered at very reasonable prices. Many of the perennials were taken from our …

Annual Meeting 2013

Our Annual Meeting will take place at Rowayton Community Center. All members are encouraged to attend to hear a summary of our year’s activities, receive an overview of our finances at year-end, and celebrate the difference we have been able to make in our community this year. Notable among new …

Visit the Bellamy-Ferriday “Lilac Girls” House

Join the Rowayton Gardeners on September 20th for a trip to CT Landmark’s Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens in Bethlehem, CT.  Built between 1754 and 1767 by Rev. Joseph Bellamy, the house was bought by Henry Ferriday and bequeathed by his only heir, Caroline, to CT Landmarks.  The property is on …

Soccer Saturdays Started September 8th

Soccer Saturdays began on September 8th when the Rowayton Gardeners embark upon their 5th annual series of nature-inspired workshops from 10 to 11:30 am each Saturday.  This 7-week program (through October 20th) offers a wide variety of garden and nature-related crafting for ALL ages.  Programs will include bird and fairy house …

New Xeriscape Garden Debut at Bayley Beach

The Hour came to Bayley Beach recently to talk about and report on the Rowayton Gardeners’ newest garden, created to demonstrate the principles of water conservation through use of site preparation and drought-tolerant plantings. The berms at Bayley are all pollinator-friendly, separating parking from sand in an important way that …

Sign Up For Our 6th Annual Carvathon Now!

Join us for one of our most popular family activities! We will provide the carving tools, the pumpkins, a yummy after-school snack, our ever-charming Potting Shed ambiance and friendly volunteer staff. As always, we’ll offer two afternoons (choose either Wednesday, October 24th or Thursday, October 25th from 3:30 to 5 …

Pesticide-Free Rowayton

As you may have read in The Hour, The Rowayton Gardeners have launched an environmental initiative for our community! Spearheaded by Priscilla Feral, the objective of the drive is to let Rowayton homeowners know how important (and easy!) it is to “go organic” when feeding and treating our lawns and …

Getting in the Rhythm of Gardening

Join us on five Mondays at the Potting Shed for some free and terrific summer fun.This weekly program, presented by the Rowayton Library and the Rowayton Gardeners, will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and is intended for crafty kids ages 5 and up. If you’re under 6, please …

Spring Market Survived Mother Nature’s Onslaught!

What a fabulous Spring Market we had, despite the wind, cool temps and RAIN! Gardeners turned out in force to welcome the hoards of buyers who braved the conditions. Full of smiles, helpful advice and toting strength, Gardeners spurred sales and happy customers. We did have some prime items remaining …

Testing Your Soil: Kevin Tepas

Soil testing is an important part of managing a garden or lawn. The information obtained from testing will inform you as to the pH of the tested area and will help you determine what fertilization is needed and, more importantly, what fertilization is not needed. The pH level can be …

New Years Resolutions for Gardeners

Horticulture Magazine has a great list of resolutions for all of us who enjoy our gardens. They preface the article: “The new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past and dream for the future and maybe set some new year’s resolutions. These 12 ideas can help you …

This is the “De-icing Season”

As temperatures drop, we will soon be breaking out the snow shovels and ice chippers and whatever it is we use to make walking and driving less treacherous.  Our Horticulture Chair, Kevin Tepas, has found a couple of articles that are worth consulting before you make that annual trip to …

Christmas Market Success!

By all accounts, the 2017 Christmas Market was a great success!  Good weather, the delayed construction schedule at the Rowayton Community Center, generous sponsors and donors, excellent publicity, hard work by our Gardener “elves” and a wonderful selection of items (wreaths, gifts, silent auction offerings, plum pudding, tabletop trees, table …

Going Green Flyer

Pledge Your Yard As A Pesticide-Free Zone Organic lawn and garden care – friendly to pollinators, birds and humans Going organic doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice an aesthetically pleasing lawn and it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to devote long hours to tending your lawn. It DOES mean …

Straight Talk About Weeds

From Pesticide-Free New Canaan 203.594.7288 www.pesticidefreenc.org Weeds are the plant world’s canary in the mine, alerting us that something isn’t right with the soil. Weeds love soil that’s compacted (from traffic or poor drainage), poorly fertilized, not pH balanced and lawns that are improperly mowed, watered, and seeded. Hitting weeds …

Fight Climate Change

Member Priscilla Feral has put together a straightforward guide to Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Fight Climate Change.  Learn how to get involved, cutback on your waste, change the way you travel, make every drop of water count, switch to “green power,” think about what you plant, make …

Viburnum Leaf Beatle

Horticulture Chair, Carol Giunta, warns us all to take a look at our the underside of Viburnum bush leaves as they emerge this month. Soon it will be time to spray for the Viburnum Leaf Beatle to prevent defoliation down the road. “Spray when larvae first appear in early May for …

October Hort Report

Tips from our Horticulture Chair, Carol Giunta: October’s Theme is Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation! Make next year’s garden healthier by giving it special care now!  Even though we’re expected to get above average rainfall the first week in October, remember to continue watering plants until we have a hard frost as plants need …

How to Encourage a Messy Garden

Horticulture Chair Kevin Tepas wants us all to consider not being so neat at this time of year in our gardens.  He cites a new perspective from the Habitat Network: Gardens are havens for wildlife–even at the end of the growing season. Overgrown grassy reeds, dried flower stalks, and shrubby …

Current Volunteer Opportunities for Members

The Rowayton Gardeners Club thrives on member participation. Take a look below at upcoming needs and get involved! It’s easy to fulfill your membership requirements and there are all sorts of ways to help:POTTING SHED (Tory Woodruff) Our Soccer Saturdays have begun and we need help at the Potting Shed …

Thank You – Heirloom Autumnal Floral Design

Thank you for signing up for our Trish O’Sullivan floral design workshop! The cost for this very special Trish O’ Sullivan workshop is $75 per person and we can accept only 15 registrants.  In case of cancellation, your fee will be refunded only if we can fill your space from our …

Thank You – Backyard Birds

Thank you for registering for our Backyard Birds 101 session!  There is no cost for this program.  Curious individuals and families are welcome to come and may bring kids ages 10+.  

Thank You – Bulb Planting

Thank you for registering for our Election Day Bulb Planting Social! Pay online via PayPal or credit card on the screen that follows registration – or ignore the payment option screen and send your check made out to Rowayton Gardeners for $15 per adult and $5 per child to Tory …

Thank You – Floral Jewelry Design

Thank you for registering your child (age 10+) to create floral jewelry with Trish O’Sullivan on Tuesday, September 22nd and/or September 29th. Separate registrations are required for these two workshops. You may pay online via PayPal or credit card on the screen that follows registration – or ignore the payment …

Thank You – NYC Flower Market Trip

Thank you for registering for our trip to New York City to visit the flower market with Trish O’Sullivan on Tuesday, September 19th. You may pay online via PayPal or credit card on the screen that follows registration – or ignore the payment option screen and send your check for …

Thank You – Kykuit Field Trip

Thanks for signing up for our trip to Kykuit on Thursday, September 28th. Your registration will be complete upon receipt of payment. Note that we have room for only 35 participants and a waiting list will be created in case of cancellations. No refunds will be issued unless your spot can be …

Thank You – Membership Renewal

Thank you for renewing your membership!  Your renewal will be recorded when your payment is received. Please pay online with PayPal or your credit card.  If you would prefer, you may mail your check (made out to Rowayton Gardeners) to Ellen Duggins, Treasurer, PO Box 164, Rowayton, CT 06853.

Purposeful Moms Mini-Retreat Photos

A Potting Shed gathering for young moms took place in June to benefit the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Foundation was a great success. The event was sponsored by many local businesses and organizations, including the Rowayton Gardeners.  Have a look at the following photos to see some of the participants …

Summer Camp: Kids Can Build a Better World

We’re excited to once again offer 6 weeks of free garden-focused programming for children in partnership with the Rowayton Library each Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm beginning July 10th and running through August 14th. Each week, we will feature a gardening or nature lesson that carefully ties into this year’s …

Potting Shed Patch Work Sessions Begin

Please join us every Friday this summer between 9 and 11am as we tend the Potting Shed vegetable and flower gardens. There are always fun gardening tasks for all ages, levels & abilities. Kids are welcome to join the fun! Contact Bridget Bennett for more information at bridget.bennett1@gmail.com.

Members – Time to Update Your Photo

All Rowayton Gardeners are asked to submit a new smartphone photo of themselves for our updated  member directory now.  Many have already sent in their photos and 30 members had photos taken at the recent Annual Meeting.  Photos should show head and shoulders only with no sunglasses or hat.  With …

Potting Shed Seed Library Debut

The Rowayton Gardeners are excited to announce the opening of their new Seed Library! Please come by the Potting Shed to browse our plentiful supply of flower and vegetable seeds generously donated by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. We invite you to fill an envelope (or envelopes) with the seeds of your …

Fight Climate Change

Member Priscilla Feral has put together a straightforward guide to Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Fight Climate Change.  Learn how to get involved, cutback on your waste, change the way you travel, make every drop of water count, switch to “green power,” think about what you plant, make …

Home NEW

Members – Looking for a Way to Get Involved? Want to help in one of the many ways Rowayton Gardeners make a difference in our community?  Take a look at our Current Opportunities Page and see if one of these needs fits your schedule.  We guarantee your help will be appreciated! …

Thank You – Stone Barns Trip

Thank you for registering for our Stone Barns/Union Church Trip on May 18th.   Registration for this event is full, but if you wish to be put on a waiting list, please fill out and submit the form below.  We will let you know if a space opens up, at …

Potting Shed Zen Retreat

This event has been canceled. Please join us for our 2nd annual Potting Shed Zen Retreat on Saturday June 3rd (8 am to 5 pm). It is a day-long affair that is certain to refresh the body and soul. This peaceful experience will treat you to a wide variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations …

Thank You – Hypertufa & Succulents Workshops

Thanks for signing up for our Hypertufa & Succulents workshops! Send your payment of $60 for members/$65 for non-members by March 14th to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT 06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment. This two-part event is limited to …

Thank You – Fooling With Flowers

Thanks for signing up for Fooling With Flowers on March 31st! Send your payment of $40 per child to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff Rowayton, CT 06853 Payment must be received by Friday, March 24th. Space is limited to 15 children; your registration will be secured only when your check is received. All fees …

Horticulture’s List of Gardening Fiction

Horticulture Magazine says, “What better way to wile away the winter than by sinking into a great novel that includes plenty of garden and plant imagery and maybe a gardening protagonist, too? Here are some of our favorite works of fiction in which gardens and gardeners play a role (click …

Christmas Market Photos

Our 2016 Christmas Market was blessed with sunny skies, though the stiff winds and cold temperatures reminded us that winter is almost here.The RCC Courtyard was unveiled just in time and the crowds were steady throughout the morning after the usual 10 am surge. Want a visual?

Awards “R” Us!

At a recent meeting of the Federated Garden Clubs of CT, our Club received a lot of accolades!  Congratulations to all: FGCCT Silver Tray Arboreal Award – Planting of a Tree; FGCCT Certificate of Achievement – A small standard Flower Show – Celebrating Historical Rowayton; FGCCT Citation – Horticulture – A small …

Policies and Governance

The Rowayton Gardeners Club has worked over the past several years to document their policies and practices so they can be made available and reviewed/revised as necessary from year to year.  The Club is also committed to preserving and protecting important records.  This page will serve as an index to the …

Backyard Birds

Priscilla Feral, chair of our Environment Committee, recently distributed an article she has written on “The Joy of Backyard Birds.” It is fascinating reading for those among us devoted to our feathered friends, and the article is based on a new book (October 2016) by Stan Tekiela entitled “Backyard Birds: …

Policies and Governance: Financial Policies

FINANCIAL RECORD KEEPING & REPORTING A.  REPORTING PROCEDURES  Access to Records by Board Members The Rowayton Gardeners will allow members of the Board of Directors (on a confidential basis) to inspect the following records of the organization: financial statements, budgets, original applications for tax-exempt status, etc.  Further distribution of these …

Policies and Governance: By-Laws

ARTICLE I: NAME The name of this organization shall be the Rowayton Gardeners. ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP Residents of the Sixth Taxing District and of Wilson Point are eligible for membership. Active members who move may retain their membership. Additionally, non-residents of either Rowayton or Wilson Point interested in actively supporting the …

Policies and Governance: Roles and Responsibilities

Officers President Presides at all General, Board and Annual meetings Appoints all committee chairs May choose to attend any and all committee meetings (ex officio) Serves as the legal and public representative of the Club Vice President Serves as President in his or her absence Acts as Parliamentarian at meetings …

Policies and Governance: General Information About Committees

Committees are important to the achievement of Club goals and objectives.  There are several standing committees and others may be formed by the President(s) on an as needed basis. These ad hoc committees may be dissolved by the President once their charge has been executed.  A list of active committees …

Winter Wreath Making

It is drawing near to that time of year where we find ourselves huddled up inside dreaming of green leaves and warmer temps.  As Gardeners, we love to surround ourselves with those “gorgeous garden fresh memories” so as to remind us that all seasons have inspirational green features. These reminders help to …

Thank You – Winter Wreath Making

Thanks for signing up for Winter Wreath Making on November 10th at the Potting Shed! Send your payment of $75 per person by November 7th to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Amy Tyson 6 Point Road Norwalk, CT 06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment. Note that we have a limit of …

4th Annual Thanksgiving Potluck – Waitlist Info

Please email torywoodruff@mac.com to be placed on a wait list – our always popular Thanksgiving Potluck is full! Fall ushers in one of our favorite Gardener events: the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner! The cost is $30 per person and we have room for 50 adults in all. If you have registered already, bring …

Ladybug Alert!

Horticulture notes, “In the fall, ladybugs often enter homes, looking for shelter and warmth. To help keep these insects outdoors, caulk around your windows and add weather-striping to your doors. While they are nuisances, these bugs will not harm people, pets or homes. You can vacuum up any that do get …

Fall is Upon Us

Take a look at the following sites for tips about fall gardening:  TopTips for Great Fall Gardens (Mother Earth News), Fall Lawn Care (Organic Life) and the host of articles and videos on fall planting and care from gardenguides.com. Let us know if you have some favorite fall gardening resources to share …

Soccer Saturdays Are Back

Soccer Saturdays at the Potting Shed are designed for soccer players AND their families and run from September 10th to October 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  There is no fee, but all are welcome, as are their donations.  Check out our super-fun lineup of programs for 2016 and stop …

Thank You – Soups, Salads & Scapes

Thanks for registering for our Soups, Salads and Scapes program on Tuesday, September 13th! Please send your registration fee immediately (to arrive by September 8th at the latest) to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Amy Tyson 6 Point Road Norwalk, CT  06854 This event is limited to 20 participants and your registration …

Thank You – Fall Family Harvest Potluck

Thanks for signing up! Send your payment of $10 for an individual or $25 for a family by September 11th to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT  06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment. Note:  Space is limited to 125 participants; your registration will be secured …

Thank You – Honey Tasting Night Program

Thanks for signing up for Honey Tasting Night on October 11th at the Potting Shed! Send your payment of $50 for members and $55 for non-members by October 7th to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Amy Tyson 6 Point Road Norwalk, CT 06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of …

Gardeners Marched!

The Rowayton Memorial Day Parade had the good sense to occur on sunny Sunday, May 29th, and the crowds were treated to their first look at the Gardeners’ shiny new friend – Tory & Sam Woodruff’s red tractor.  Our cart of plants, signs and marchers all promoted environmentally sound and …

Thank You – Potting Shed Retreat

Thanks for signing up for our Potting Shed Retreat! Send your payment of $150 immediately to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT 06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment. There will be no refunds for this event unless your space can be …

Thank You – Untermyer Gardens Trip

Thanks for signing up for our May 19th trip to Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY! Send your payment of $55/members or $60/non-members to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Charlotte Gannon 38 McKinley Street Rowayton, CT 06853 Your registration will be complete upon receipt of payment. Note that we have room for only …

Field Trip to Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

Join the Rowayton Gardens on May 19th for a visit to Untermyer Garden, the remaining 43 acres of Samuel Untermyer’s 150-acre estate which included elaborate gardens and greenhouses.  Untermyer’s centerpiece is a Persian Garden surrounded by stone walls and turrets and crisscrossed by canals. You’ll see fountains, sculptures, mosaics and …

April Fooling and Flowers with Justin Cox

We got some terrific shots of the two sessions that floral design guru Justin Cox ran for the Rowayton Gardeners. Both sessions – one for kids and the other for adults – were fully subscribed and entirely enjoyed!  Take a look at the slide shows – photos were taken by …

Flower Show Photos

The 2016 Flower Show was a success due to hard work and participation by many of our members. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, March 12th and 13th, the Pinkney House was transformed into a springtime burst of blooms and creativity. Have a look at some of the photos…

Mother-Son Dirt Fest

Our registration is full for this event.  Please contact Tory Woodruff if you would like to be put on a waitlist.  This is the rowdy evening mothers and sons (ages 6-12) have been dying for. Come get dirty with us at the Potting Shed on Friday, April 22nd from 3:30 to …

Thank You – Mother-Son Dirt Fest

Thanks for signing up! Please send your check for $60 per mother/son combo, $20 per additional child to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT 06853 Payment must be received by Friday, April 14th. Your registration will be secured only when your check is received. All fees …

Thank You – Fooling Around with Flowers

Thanks for signing up! Send your payment of $40 per child to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Erin Combs 6 Logan Place Rowayton, CT 06853 Payment must be received by Friday, March 25th. Space is limited to 15 children; your registration will be secured only when your check is received. All fees are non-refundable.  

Flower Show Prep: Latin Names for Plants

Why is this important? Botanical Latin, taxonomy, or naming is important for gardeners for several reasons, among which are the following: Our Flower Show. Most immediately we are required according to the Federated rules that all horticultural entries (flowering branches and container plants in bloom) be identified by their botanical names, …

Flower Show Prep: Press Release

A Two-Day Spring Flower and Design Competition “Celebrating Historical Rowayton” Saturday, March 12 –  Sunday, March 13   Rowayton, CT.—Rowayton Gardeners and Rowayton Historical Society join talents in presenting a National Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show at Pinkney Park’s Seeley-Dibble Pinkney House on Rowayton Avenue on March 12-13, 2016.  The theme for the …

Flower Show Prep: Forcing Bulbs

Forcing bulbs: The process involves planting bulbs in pots, chilling them to mimic winter and then moving to a warmer room temperature and sunny window to simulate the arrival of spring. Bulb Cold Period Light Period Hyacinth 12 – 15 weeks 2 – 3 weeks Daffodil 12 – 15 weeks 2 …

Flower Show Prep: Forcing Branches

Thanks to Horticultural Chair, Carol Giunta, for this information: Cutting basics:  When cutting branches for forcing blooms, if possible, try to prune on a day that’s above freezing. It is easier for the plant to heal, plus the branch will transition faster to the indoor temperature. Always consider a plant’s …

Flower Show Prep: General Rules

Rowayton Gardeners present a NGC Small Standard Flower Show Celebrating Historical Rowayton March 12, 2016 Saturday 1-4 pm, Sunday, March 13 12-3pm At the Pinkney House in Pinkney Park Rowayton Ave., Rowayton CT 06853 Open to the Public at no charge Rowayton Gardeners are members of The National Garden Clubs, …

Thank You – Dick Button Talk

Thanks for signing up! Member registration is free. Send Non-Member payment only of $10 to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Amy Tyson 6 Point Road Norwalk, CT 06854 Your registration will be complete upon receipt of payment.

Thank You – NYC Cooper Hewitt Trip

Thanks for signing up! Send your payment of $60 to: Rowayton Gardeners c/0 Linda Paolini 11 Old Field Place Rowayton, CT  06853 Your registration will be complete only upon receipt of payment.  Please note that space is limited to 20 attendees and this is a “members only” event.

How Do We Get Rid of Moles?

Q.  My wife and I just moved to Rowayton (Ledge Road) and we’ve discovered what appears to be a few mole holes in our lawn. Is there a preferred/efficient method of mole removal in Rowayton? While the holes are on the lawn (and not in a garden bed) I figured …

Fall Tips for Dividing, Container Planting and Colorful Shrubs

Horticulture Chair Carol Giunta has suggested three terrific articles for your reading pleasure. Gardenista’s True Colors:  9 Best Shrubs for Fall Foliage has some old favorites and a few new ideas for the fall palette. Fine Gardening’s 10 Tips on Dividing Perennial Plants is a must read now as we clean up our …

October Hort Report

Tips from our Horticulture Chair, Carol Giunta: October’s Theme is Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation! Make next year’s garden healthier by giving it special care now!  Even though we’re expected to get above average rainfall the first week in October, remember to continue watering plants until we have a hard frost as plants need …

Terrain @ the Potting Shed

Tuesday night, October 13th, from 6 to 8:30 pm, we will spend an inspired evening with Terrian’s fabulous designer, Deb Herbertson! Many of you may remember the trip we took to see her create table decorations and terrariums a couple of years ago at the Westport Terrain store & restaurant.  Both charming and …

Thank You – Farmer’s Market Camp

Thanks for signing up for our Farmers Market Camp on September 8th and 9th! Pay online using PayPal or your credit card – or ignore the payment options and send your payment of $25 per camper to: Rowayton Gardeners Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT  06853 Payment must be …

Thank You – Carve-a-Thon

Thanks for signing up for our 2017 Carve-a-Thon! Please pay online as directed using PayPal or your credit card.  If you would prefer, ignore the payment options and send your payment of $20 per carver to: Rowayton Gardeners c/o Tory Woodruff 70 Bluff Avenue Rowayton, CT 06853 Payment must be received by October …

Fairy World at the Potting Shed

Fairy World is the ultimate free-play space at The Potting Shed.  There is nothing better than watching families step back and simply observe their children creating small shelters, teepees, kingdoms, etc… for our rarely-seen resident Rowayton fairy community.  Each week the “building materials” are replenished and changed to suit the …

Nick Mancini’s Spotlight on the Potting Shed

A couple of weeks ago, our gardening friend Nick Mancini filmed his weekly television program, Organic Gardening with Nick Mancini, at the Rowayton Gardeners’ Potting Shed Patch.  The show is available on Public Access (Cablevision) Ch 88 on Friday nights at 9:30 pm, and you can see photos from our shoot by reading …

September Hort Report

Carol Giunta reported today that the drought that’s developed over the summer is changing the ways in which we should nurture our lawns, plants, shrubs, and trees as fall begins. Her list of things to do is extensive and thoughtfully compiled.

Movie Night @ The Potting Shed

Join us as we open our doors and lower our screen for Movie Night at the Potting Shed starting this fall! Bring a beverage & a blanket. Kindly let us know you are coming so that we can save you a chair. Upcoming films include (October 14th) Fed Up and (November 11th) Grey Gardens. …

A Sweet Evening with Marina Marchese – Photos

In celebration of National Honey Month, the Gardeners held a “Sweet Evening” with Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey in September. Attendees enjoyed a variety of specially selected honeys paired with gourmet cheeses, breads and delectable treats.  Have a look at the amazing scene at the Potting Shed…

Potting Shed Patch is Producing!

It’s hard to believe that our “Patch,” the spectacular organic vegetable, herb and flower garden next to the Potting Shed and Greenhouse, was just a vision last year at this time!  Now it is full of color and crops and both kids and adults have a new place to gather, …

Bayley Beach Weedfest

A hearty group of Gardeners heeded the call of Bayley Beach Chair Lilly Langotsky and descended upon the berms at Bayley to “coax” their vegetation back into order. In just over an hour the area was spiffed up and all the weeds and cuttings were spirited out of sight by …

Bad Summer Bugs

We all love to be outside in the summer – gardening, golfing, hiking, even just entertaining in our own back yards. WebMD has published a nifty bad bug slideshow that can be truly helpful in identifying what has bitten you and how to treat (or avoid) that bite. Click here …

Thank you!

Thank you! A receipt will follow once you pay using your PayPal account or credit card. If you choose to send a check instead, please make it out to “Rowayton Gardeners” for the total amount and send it to us at P.O. Box 164, Rowayton, CT.

Potting Shed Summer Garden Camp is Here!

This summer the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners are collaborating once again to present a 6-week program from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Thursdays in July and early August at the Potting Shed.  We’re featuring 6 different heroes in keeping with the American Library Association “Heroes” theme, and they’ll have a fun …

In the Buzz About Bees, Don’t Forget Natives

Laura Tangley of the National Wildlife Federation considers native bees the “Wild Pollinator Champs. She says that they are unsung heroes, even though honey bees (imports from Europe) are getting lots of buzz: “…with all the attention being paid to honeybees, I wonder if we’re overlooking an even more important …

Students Learn From Potting Shed Fun

Rowayton Gardeners recently did a compost lesson for all four Kindergarten classes which featured our educational & fun puppet show..  The lessons also included planting butterfly, bee & bird attractors in our new veggie bed border, amending the soil with compost and checking out our compost area.  Second graders had fun …

Adam Manjuck’s Class Was a Sell-Out!

On the evening of May 16th, a capacity crowd spent quality time with our favorite, local flower designer Adam Manjuck! For those of you who have never stopped into Flower & Flowers or worked with Adam, this was a chance not to be missed.

8 Ways to Save the Monarch

The Monarch butterfly is in grave danger, but in these 8 simple steps you can help reverse the trend and revitalize the species! Click here to read the entire article from our Greenpeace friends.  

Garden Farm Art Camp Thrills

Garden Farm Art Camp is a new 6-part after-school program at the Rowayton Gardeners Potting Shed featuring Eco-Farm on Wheels and artists from the Rowayton Arts Center. Be sure to read on for more information and photos.

Four Facts About our Native Bees

Concern about native bee colony collapse has brought attention to the critical pollination role of all bees and their plight, and also spotlighted what people can do to help, says David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. To create a yard that’s safe and attractive to native bees, it’s important to understand them …

International Ruling: Glyphosate Causes Cancer

A national public health and environmental group, Beyond Pesticides, is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop the use of the country’s most popular herbicide, glyphosate, in the wake of an international ruling that it causes cancer in humans. The …

Gardeners Present A Workshop for Grass Roots Tennis

We have recently begun working with a local Norwalk organization called Grassroots Tennis (GRT).  They are located only minutes from town and are a group dedicated to improving the lives of youths from broad socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with programs based on the ideals of tennis legend Arthur Ashe.

Planting for Pollinators

As you pour over the seed catalogs this winter, keep pollinators in mind. Thanks to our Horticulture Chair Carol Giunta for letting us know about a nifty online guide specifically for our area entitled, Selecting Plants for Pollinators.  For farmers, land managers and gardeners, the 24-page guide is most complete, …

Potting Shed Patch Fence Emerges!

Funded by donations and fees from Potting Shed workshops and events with additional Rowayton Gardeners underwriting, the fence for our organic teaching garden is in the midst of installation.  Stop down and take a look!  It will match the fence behind the rose garden when it is completed and will serve …

Field Trip to NYC on January 22nd – Waiting List Only

The date for our much anticipated NYC outing has been set as Thursday, January 22nd!  Members (only) are encouraged to join us  for a trip to the Museum of the City of New York and catch a glimpse of the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. After …

Hill Top Gardeners Masterpieces

Following up on their fall centerpieces and decorations, the Hill Top Gardeners spent time with our “Garden Therapy” Committee and put leftover Christmas Market greens to good use. Their resulting centerpieces were beautiful and festive. Click below for photos of the work session.

Christmas Market Workshops and Sale

Hard work was made easy, thanks to great planning from our Christmas Market Committee and the presence of scores of members on hand for the various workshops and then the sale itself. Even the sprinkles and then the downpour on Saturday could not slow the purchasing frenzy or dim holiday spirits. Click …

Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and monarch butterflies needs milkweed to lay their eggs.  With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape and our monarch population is in decline.    Please consider planting milkweed – November is the best …

We Won!!!

On Wednesday afternoon, at the Annual Awards Meeting of the FGC of Connecticut, our very own Rowayton Gardeners won several important awards and citations!  This formal recognition of our efforts was applauded by almost 400 garden club members from around Connecticut (a thrill for attending Gardeners June Klopfer, Carol Hooper …

Carve-a-thon Draws Record Crowds

The second annual Carve-A-Thon at the Potting Shed was a huge success. Kids, parents, Gardeners – a recipe for fun when pumpkins are thrown in for seasoning. Creative juices were flowing, as were grins and giggles as a record number of pumpkins were carved for Halloween. See more photos of …

Fall Lawn Care

Pesticide Free New Canaan has some great tips to get our lawns into good shape for next year.  A SOIL TEST will take the guesswork out of fertilizing.  See link.  AERATE & SEED – now is the time!  MOW your grass a little shorter, to about 2″, to promote growth. …

Fall Members’ Gathering at the Potting Shed

What a thrill to be in our new “home” for the annual cocktail party!  Members and their spouses/significant others got together as they do each year to bid farewell to an exceptionally busy summer and greet the fall.  This year the Potting Shed provided the backdrop for our festivities.  Click …

Pot Luck Family Supper

Our Pot Luck Harvest Supper was a tremendous hit on September 21st.  Families celebrated the opening of the Potting Shed Patch with  scarecrow making, pumpkin & gourd bedazzling, a kids’ garden puppet theatre, a worm feeding session, and a “fun with compost” talk. Check out some photos by Club Photographer, Petrea …

“Clay Nation” at the Potting Shed is a Hit!

Kids ages 7 and up were invited to come to the Potting Shed to build a fairy or gnome house out of clay with resident artist Denise Bennett Minerly.  The four-part series has already proven to be a great hit, giving participants a chance to create their own clay house, compose a creative …

Soccer Saturdays Continue through November 8th

Every Saturday (9:30 – 11:30 am) from September 6th to November 8th, our fabulous team of Rowayton Gardeners will host kids and parents for some amazing fall experiences and all are welcome to join us at the Potting Shed! Enjoy free nature-inspired crafts, garden art and harvest snacking for kids …

Timeless Gatherings – A Standard Flower Show

The Wilton Garden Club will host this standard flower show at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, on Thursday, October 9th from 1:00-5:00pm, Friday, October 10th from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, October 11th from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Almost 50 spectacular floral designs, plus hundreds of horticultural specimens, photography and educational exhibits will be …

UConn Master Composter Program

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, …

Work Crews Weed & Prune at the RCC

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 …

RG Field Trip to the Florence Griswold Museum

Our crack program planners have designed a delightful day of gardens and art on Thursday, September 18th in Old Lyme, CT.  The Florence Griswold House, Museum and Garden together form a mecca for those who love art (particularly American Impressionism) and history.  Tours of house and museum will be followed …

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert

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 …

Library Courtyard Renewal!

Thanks to Gardeners Lilly Langotsky and Phyllis Padro and with a healthy dose of inspiration from Erin Coombs, the Rowayton Library Courtyard has undergone a transformation.  New planters and gorgeous plants in old and new places now provide a backdrop for the bistro tables and chairs that welcome visitors.  Thanks …

The Latest Bee News

The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station have published an article “Protecting Bees from Pesticides” which includes advice to homeowners on insecticide use.  Note that some common trademark names of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, which pose a special hazard to pollinators, are:  Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree and Shrub, Bayer Advanced 3 in 1 Insect, Disease, and …

What is happening with my Hydrangeas this spring?

Q: My Hydrangeas are only putting out new growth from the bottom of the plant – all the buds on old growth seem to have dried up and last year’s stalks are totally dry and dead.  What should I do? A:  Hydrangeas really took a hit this winter. Most of …

What’s the best way to propagate roses?

Q.:  What is the best way to propagate roses? A.:  The Royal Horticultural Society (the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening)  suggests several ways to foster growth of new plants in their pages on roses: Roses are usually budded in summer, but rootstocks are seldom available …

Help the Monarchs

Please join us in signing a petition that will be delivered to Gina McCarthy( EPA Administrator) urging the EPA to adopt new herbicide restrictions to save monarchs.  The National Resources Defense Council explain the need for action:  As Big Ag has dramatically increased its use of genetically modified crops resistant to …

History of The Rowayton Gardeners (Events, Awards, Presidents)

Historical Timeline 1956             Mrs. John Falsey formed a group with an interest in gardening.  She and two friends, Mrs. Lewis Gage and Mrs. Peter Leavitt, formed what would become the Rowayton Gardeners. The first meetings were held at a Bell Island home. First Civic Beautification projects:  Lilacs were …

Focus On: Garden Education Center of Greenwich

The Garden Education Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts through educational programs, outreach activities and special events.  Be sure to check their website and you may want to sign up for their newsletter to stay abreast of all the wonderful learning opportunities they …

Native Plant Champions

Want to add beauty and wildlife value to your yard? Consider these native plant champions suggested by editors of the National Wildlife Federation website.   To identify North American species worthy of “gold medals,” they turned to gardeners across the country for their recommendations.  The article contains a beautiful picture and description …

Deer Deterrent

If deer are munching on your shrubs, try this organic solution recommended by speaker Colleen Plimpton and vetted by Gardeners Michael & Petrea Poler:  In a blender, mix 2 eggs, 1/4 cup wilt proof , 1/4 cup extra, extra hot sauce, one cup water. Mix thoroughly and add mix to …

Please join us for an afternoon of Thankful Craft Fun!

The Rowayton Library, Green Moon and the Rowayton Gardeners are teaming up to bring you two wonderful Thanksgiving workshops at the Potting Shed on Wednesday, November 20th, from 4-5 pm (for ages 2-5) and Thursday, November 21st, from 3:30-4:30 pm (for ages 6-9). What are you thankful for? Using a mix …

Potting Shed

For two years, the Club has discussed the Farrell Estate Potting Shed and Greenhouse just behind the Library/Community Center and the potential the building would have for the Club and the community if it were cleaned out and put to good use.  The Gardeners were thrilled by the idea of …

Shell Wreath Workshop

In early November, the Gardeners convened in the Underground at the Library to create 12 wonderful shell wreaths to be offered for sale at the Christmas Market on December 7th.  Signed by their creators, these one-of-a kind works of art are made from shells and other materials taken from beaches …

Putting RCC & McKinley Triangle Gardens to Bed

This Saturday, November 9th,  is the annual final cleanup day at the Community Center and we’ll be planting at McKinley Triangle. We need many hands to help us! Please invite family and friends who might enjoy working outdoors.  All help will be greatly appreciated. Show up anytime in the morning, …

Potting Shed

Just in time for “Farrell Day” that was celebrated throughout Rowayton in September, the Rowayton Gardeners spearheaded an effort to clean out the old potting shed and greenhouse behind Rowayton Library & Community Center.  The transformation of these spaces was nothing short of spectacular and amazing, but even more importantly, …

What’s happening with the lawn at Pinkney Park?

Q: What’s happening with the lawn at Pinkney Park? I know the Gardeners were trying to make it “pesticide free” last spring and summer. A:  Pinkney survived and thrived under the new lawn maintenance plan overseen by the Rowayton Gardeners and the 6th Taxing District Commissioners.  The plan was executed by …

Holiday Centerpiece Class

On Thursday, November 7th,, The Rowayton Gardeners’ holiday centerpiece arranging class took place in the Moose Room at the Rowayton Community Center. The class were taught by Dail DuHaime, head floral designer for Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT. Two of the centerpieces created that evening will be offered for sale …

Potting Shed – Pumpkin Carve-A-Thon

The Rowayton Gardeners’ Carve-A-Thon was a grand success!  Just take a peek at the happy faces, young and older, of those who participated – and what a great group of gourds!!!  The ability to use the Potting Shed/Greenhouse has made a wonderful change in the sort of programs we can …

Questions & Answers

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First Tree ID Class Is A Hit!

Gardeners Carol Giunta and Tory Woodruff led a group of 18 children and adults (plus 5 fellow Gardeners!) in their first class on tree identification.  While the weather wasn’t too cooperative, the sunny smiles and shining faces of the kids in their Potting Shed classroom made up for the cloudy …

Young Gardeners Help RPE at Fodor Farm

Come join the Rowayton Parents Exchange & the Rowayton Gardeners from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, October 26th, for one of our most popular events! Come play in the dirt – it’s time to get the RPE garden at Fodor Farm ready for the winter. We will plant bulbs, …

RPTA Family Fun Day

The Gardeners will join in the fun on Sunday, October 13th, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm alongside The Rowayton Platform/Tennis Association as they kick off their paddle season with a RPTA Family Fun Day.  Stop by the Potting Shed to see what family activities the Gardeners have planned! There will be hot dogs …

Potting Shed – Open Hours

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch time (11 am – 1 pm) for our Open Hours at the Potting Shed. Bring your bagged lunch & a friend and drop in to ask our knowledgeable gardeners any of your toughest horticultural questions. Take this time to learn more about …

United Church Nursery School 4’s Plant

Rowayton Gardeners Erin Baylis, Ashley Williams, Bridget Bennett, Tory Woodruff, and Petrea Poler visited students on September 12th to help them add lobster compost and cold crops to their garden. Sunny skies highlighted the kids’ excitement and pride in their work. Vegetables and lobsters provided a wonderfully balanced workshop meal! …

Christmas Market

The Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue. Great bargains for holiday decorating include more than 100 gorgeous, designer-quality, hand-decorated wreaths, mini-boxwood trees, festive table arrangements…

Community Center Gardens

The Community Center gardens were among the first “adopted” by the Gardeners when they moved their meetings to the Center in 1966.  At last count seven beds including have been planted and are maintained by teams of Gardeners.   [slideshow id=4]

Field Trip to NY Historical Society

Members of the Rowayton Gardeners will travel to NYC for a guided tour of “The Armory Show at 100:  Modern Art and Revolution.” Without question, the most talked about outing for the Rowayton Gardeners is our annual January trip into NYC.  This year we are excited to announce that we …

Field Trip to A Potter’s Garden

We’ll visit Frances Palmer at “A Potter’s Garden” in Wilton, CT.  Lunch will follow at Luca Wine Bar & Italian Seafood in Georgetown.  For a view of her pottery and plantings, please visit the website by clicking here.

Leadership

Executive Board July 2018 – June 2019 President: Kathy Leeds Vice President: Lisa Shanahan Secretary: Lynn Anderson Corresponding Secretary: Amy Tyson Treasurer: Ellen Duggins Assistant Treasurer: Michele Casey Ex-Officio: Betsy Bain Standing and Special Committee Chairs Christmas Market: Frani Taylor Civic Beautification: ~~Bayley Beach: Ellen Duggins ~~Community Center Gardens: Phyllis Padro – …

Wetlands Restoration

In April 2013 the Rowayton Gardeners committed to help finance the wetland restoration project. This site is approximately a 0.75 acre open space parcel south of Rowayton School Pond at the intersection of McKinley Street and Roton Avenue. This site is where the pond drains forming a connection to Farm …

Pinkney Park Greening

 In 2013, Rowayton Gardeners helped to select a new chemical-free landscape company (Country Green, LLC) to transition the lawn care plan at Pinkney Park to a pesticide-free program.  The Club has partnered in an advisory role with the 6th Taxing District Commissioners to make this town park a true showcase …

Pinkney Park Greening

 In 2013, Rowayton Gardeners helped to select a new chemical-free landscape company (Country Green, LLC) to transition the lawn care plan at Pinkney Park to a pesticide-free program.  The Club has partnered in an advisory role with the 6th Taxing District Commissioners to make this town park a true showcase …

Wetlands Restoration

Rowayton Gardeners have committed to help finance wetland restoration at the corner of Roton and McKinley avenues over the course of the next five years.  The Club is working in collaboration with the City of Norwalk and their Conservation Department as we oversee the work of All Habitat, LLC.  All …

RG Flower Show

Rowayton Gardeners and Rowayton Historical Society join talents in presenting a National Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show at Pinkney Park’s Seeley-Dibble Pinkney House on Rowayton Avenue on March 12-13, 2016.  The theme for the show is “Celebrating Historical Rowayton,” set inside the Rowayton Historical Society’s gray shingled house, built between 1790-1820, which sits alongside …

Christmas Market

The Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue. Great bargains for holiday decorating include more than 100 gorgeous, designer-quality, hand-decorated wreaths, mini-boxwood trees, festive table arrangements…and swags of greens –along with unique gifts, and a fabulous Silent Auction with …

Spring Plant & Tag Sale

The Spring Plant & Tag Sale is one of the Rowayton Gardeners’ main fundraising events, and in 2013 had a profit of $6,700. The event included a successful raffle and a tag sale of slightly used garden tools, pots, books, etc. Available at the sale are a wonderful selection of …

Meetings & Membership

The Rowayton Gardeners meet on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 am at the Community Center, unless otherwise designated. Meetings stimulate interest and build expertise in gardening through lectures and workshops on horticulture, flower arranging, environmental issues, and garden design. The Club’s more than 125 members are required …

History

Rowayton Gardeners was organized in 1957 by Mrs. John F. Falsey, Mrs. Lewis E. Gage, and Mrs. Peter Leavitt. These women envisioned a group that would share and experience the joys of gardening. Their vision quickly grew to include civic awareness and a commitment to beautify our community. The Club’s …

Sammis Street Triangle

  -Brenda Ashooh and Frani Taylor, Chairs   In the spring of 2012, the Gardeners “adopted” this spot from the city of Norwalk. This garden was originally put in by the City when they closed that portion of the street. Initially neighbors maintained it, but over the years, through moves …

White Bridge Triangle

– Pam Nielsen, Chair In 2009, the White Bridge Triangle at the entrance to Rowayton from Darien on Jacob Street was renovated by the Club, refreshing the neglected bed and introducing seasonal plants and themes. The Club is particularly grateful to Rowayton Fuel for helping us provide ample water so …

Pinkney Park Memorial Flagpole Garden

– Erin Combs, Chair A memorial flag and flagpole were placed on the Pinkney house front lawn in the early 1970’s. The flagpole plaque reads “In memory of Paul J. Rooney, Superintendent of the Rowayton Post Office 1964-1971 from his many Rowayton friends.” In the 1980’s, the Rowayton Gardeners decided …

Community Center Gardens

– Phyllis Padro, Chair Since 1966 when the Rowayton Library moved to the new Community Center at 33 Highland Avenue, the Rowayton Gardeners have held most of the club meetings and events there. The members have been enhancing the garden beds and flagpole area. A major restoration project by the …

Bayley Beach

– Ellen Duggins, Chair As well as filling the planters each year, the Gardeners have been planting at the beach since 1956. In 2006, as a gift to the community, the Gardeners established a berm of boulders and raised beds to screen and protect the picnic area from the parking lot. …

Garden Therapy

– Ellen Bieber, Chair Rowayton Gardeners meet with residents of Hill Top Homes monthly from September to May. The Gardeners provide materials and guidance when needed as the residents make seasonal flower arrangements to enjoy in their apartments. Each spring, the Gardeners provide plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs for the …

McKinley Triangle

– Charlotte Gannon, Chair In 2009, the Rowayton Gardeners contracted with the City of Norwalk to maintain and care for McKinley Triangle as part of the city’s Adopt-a-Spot program. The area was redesigned 2010 with boulders and drought resistant plantings. Ongoing upkeep of the Triangle is a project the Gardeners …

Projects

Bayley Beach Planters, berms and beds are the result of hard work by our Gardeners in the area between the sand and parking lot at our town beach.  Ongoing maintenance has recently included restoration after Hurricane Sandy paid a visit in fall 2012. (continue) Community Center A major restoration project …

Rowayton School Pond

In November 2009, the Rowayton Gardeners contacted the city of Norwalk regarding the Rowayton School Pond area next to the ball field. Invasive vines and plants were destroying desirable trees and shrubs. The Gardeners applied for and received grants from the 6th Taxing District (Rowayton) and the Rowayton Civic Association …

About us

Mission, Recognition and Projects The Rowayton Gardeners Club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Its mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening in those of all ages, to encourage conservation, civic planting and environmental awareness, to act …

Mission, Recognition and Projects

The Rowayton Gardeners Club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Its mission is: to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening in those of all ages, to aid in the preservation of native plants and the management of invasive vegetation, to …