Christmas Market 2018

Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market will be held Saturday, December 1st from 10 am to 1 pm at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton. Don’t miss this popular holiday event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank! You will find great items for holiday decorating that include more than 100 designer-quality …

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 …

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 …

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  

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

Fall Garden Checklist

Garden Gate Magazine just published a nifty illustrated list of fall gardening chores for us.  They say,” Taking care of your fall garden makes your garden healthy and gorgeous next year, too. Here’s a fall garden checklist that will help you know what to do now.”  Check it out! (click here)

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 …

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 …

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

You Can Help Ban Plastic Bags in Norwalk The Ordinance Committee of the Norwalk Common Council will hold a public hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, December 18th (7 pm) to discuss the proposed Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Ordinance.  If we make it past this hearing, the ordinance will go …

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 …

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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – 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 …

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.

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Questions & Answers

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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 …

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…

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 …

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 …