Our World: Your Call

Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners are joining forces to offer a new series on local environmental issues and how our actions can change the future for our community. Our first program on May 2nd will address the issues that fracking waste could soon pose for Connecticut.  Although we have no oil or natural …

Perennials Needed for the Spring Market

All members should take a look at the list of plants we are seeking for our plant sale at the 2018 Spring Market on May19th.  Tammy Langalis has noted them down in categories (see below) – and if you have some to share, you may offer your yard up for …

Organic Gardening 101 with Nick Mancini

Please join us and our good gardening friend, Nick Mancini, at The Potting Shed for an extremely informative and fun organic vegetable gardening class. Using our educational gardens, Nick will guide us through the ins and outs of establishing your very own organic home garden.  Topics will include: selection of …

“Herb Boxes to Go” Workshop with Linda Fleming

Please, join us on Tuesday, May 8th, from 10 am to noon for this ‘Kick Off to Spring’ program at the Potting Shed. Linda Fleming, Master Gardener, Expert Herbalist and a frequent lecturer at garden clubs and the Herb Society of America’s Connecticut Symposium, will share valuable tips on making our own unique …

April Hort Report: Testing Your Soil

Is your yard ready for the planting season?  Do you have questions about the pH level of your soil?  Do you wonder about how to amend any imbalances, excesses or deficiencies?  Horticulture Chair Kevin Tepas outlines the best way to answer your questions with a soil test in his latest …

Tender Bulbs Emerging?

If you find that the mild weather has shaken your spring bulbs awake prematurely, protect them by covering them loosely with evergreen boughs.  Remove the branches when the threat of a hard freeze is past and sustained temperatures in the high 40s/low 50s is reliably upon us.  It’s exciting to …

Garden Art Exhibition Coming to the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Public Parks – Private Gardens, Paris to Provence March 12th-July 29th.  This exhibition uses works by artists from Corot to Matisse to illustrate the horticultural boom that reshaped much of the French landscape during the 19th century. This presentation provides a fresh perspective on treasures …

Hort Report: Boxwood Pruning

[Thanks to Horticulture Chair, Kevin Tepas, for this informative report!]  Boxwood is a popular hedge material because it is an evergreen with a dense growth habit. Hedges of boxwood (e.g. Boxus microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty’) can provide walls around a lawn and divide the yard into different garden “rooms”.  When other plants die back …

Plants That Prefer to be Root Bound

Horticulture Magazine notes that we shouldn’t be afraid of letting some houseplants become root bound – they prefer it! “It’s generally best to keep cacti and other succulent plants underpotted, because it guards against rot. African violets and the related cape primrose do well when kept root bound, as do …

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 …

Dangerous Holiday Plants for Pets

You may want to read this article from petMD as it names almost all of the wonderful plants traditionally associated with the holidays!  “There are some types of decorative plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. In some cases, only mild indigestion and discomfort will result, in other cases, the toxicity can lead …

New Plant Labels at the Pinkney Flagpole Garden

Check out the spiffy new plant labels that identify the herbs in the flagpole garden at Pinkney Park. Thanks to Carey Hahn for her penmanship and to the 6th Taxing District for the new drip watering zone that will keep the new herbs healthy even in times of drought.

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 …

The New Compost Bins Are Here!

Thanks to a generous grant, our new compost bins were recently installed behind the Potting Shed Patch and will allow us to increase our composting efforts, making our gardens richer as they recycle garden waste. Special thanks to the staff of the 6th Taxing District for help with the project!

Sammis Street Spruce Up

Our work areas around town are particularly gorgeous at this time of year.  Petrea Poler and Frani Taylor just sent in photos from the May-June Sammis Street Triangle.  Have a look next time you are in the area, but click below for a small gallery of pictures.

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 …

McKinley Triangle Revamp

Work was done recently to preserve the plantings (and a precious nest) at the McKinley Street Triangle while the path through the area was widened and brought up to code. Thanks to great communication and collaboration, the Triangle is looking better than ever. Have a look at some photos of …

Essential Oil Class at The Potting Shed

Learn how to keep your family healthy at a free essential oils class on Thursday, June 29th, from 7 to 8:30 pm at The Potting Shed.  Join us as we learn to treat coughs, colds and ear infections, reduce stress and anxiety, assist in first aid and pain relief, remove …

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.

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

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 …

Memorial Day Parade Photos

Gardeners and Gardeners-to-be marched to honor our veterans in Rowayton’s Memorial Day Parade. Farmer Woody (and his sidekick) led off in Woodruff’s beautiful red tractor and were followed by a host of others with signs about our worksites and the lovingly bedecked Poler garden cart. More photos are welcomed if …

An Evening of Essential Oils

Join us for a complimentary evening about essential oils.  Come  to the Potting Shed on Wednesday, June 7th from 7 to 8:30 pm to learn how to use these gifts of the earth into your cooking, cleaning, gardening and living. No need to register – just join us!

Stone Barns & Union Church Photos

Check out some photos from our May field trip to Stone Barns for a tour of the farm and a lovely lunch. A tour of the nearby Union Church with its magnificent windows created by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Thanks to Amy Tyson and Charlotte Gannon for setting up …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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?

Grapevine Wreaths Rock!

The Potting Shed recently hosted a terrific winter wreath workshop that Erin Combs and Amy Tyson led.  Fantastic materials – some purchased and some gathered locally – were one ingredient of the creative morning.  Just the right amount of instruction and a great deal of fun were two more essentials. …

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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

First Ever Potting Shed Retreat Reflections

Our  Healthy Lifestyles Sampler Retreat on Saturday, June 4th, was an amazing all-day experience for our participants!  The retreat began with meditation and breakfast, then went on to include Yoga, creative writing, garden therapy, acupuncture talk, a lovely luncheon, floral arranging, a nutrition chat and a grand finale cocktail hour …

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 …

Pinkney Garden Gets a New (Old) Fence

The next time you are downtown, take a moment to visit the Pinkney Historical Garden on the bank of the Five Mile River near the Historical Society Barn.  It is gorgeously planted, staked and now surrounded by beautiful period fencing.  Parts of the fence had lived in sections behind the …

Spring Sale Soggy But Successful!

Thanks to the hard work and donations of members and to the steady stream of customers for our Plant & Tag sale, we netted over $8,000 last Saturday! The week preceding the sales was challenging due to the wet weather and the sale itself was even more so. Still, in …

Norwalk Grass Roots Tennis & Education

Rowayton Gardeners had a great time last week helping the Grass Roots Tennis kids set up their garden for spring.  Any volunteers who would like to meet with the group are encouraged to contact the NGRT&E leadership team to find out how they can get involved on a onetime basis or regularly.

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 …

Check the Labels!

As you are purchasing your spring plants, remember to check the labels or ask before you buy.  This photo was taken at a retail chain recently.  As we know, we should not buy plants treated with neoniconoids. Bees take the pollen back to the hive and feed it to the brood …

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 …

March Hort Report

Patience!! The weather is certainly ahead of last year, but we still have at least a month to go before we can really get back into outdoor gardening. While you are waiting, and to fend off spring fever, here are a few tasks to do while waiting for the ground to …

Our Favorite Sources

This is the time of year when gardeners look forward to the flood of seed and plant catalogs that arrive along with tax forms and other harbingers of the new year. We’ve collected a sampling of links to all sorts of garden-related information, including the section on “Sources” and it’s catalogs. …

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 …

November Hort Report

Our Horticulture Chair, Carol Giunta, has the following gardening tips for November:  Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation! Does this sound like a repeat of last month? It is! After researching good task ideas, you will do your yard the biggest favor by staying on top of leaf raking chores. Not only do diseases and …

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 …

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…

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 …

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, …

Heavenly Hydrangeas

Take a look at this lovely Dirt Simple blog post on hydrangeas from landscape designer Deborah Silver!  It’s timely and full of information about planting and caring for these gorgeous blooms.  Thanks to Carol Giunta for passing it along. We are all reveling the blossoms that simply didn’t appear last …

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 …

Community Center & School Pond

The Gardeners “worksite crew” at the Community Center has been hard at work this summer despite the construction taking place for the new access road.  Some plantings have been unavoidably disturbed, but all are being restored as the work progresses. Chair Phyllis Padro has kept up with the bulldozers and …

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.

Mother/Son Dirt Fest Cleans Up!

Friday, April 24th, was the date of our first annual Mother/Son Dirt Fest. “Annual?,” you say.  “Absolutely!” say the 30 boys and  mothers who attended two hours of terrific fun and food at the RG Potting Shed.  Pictures speak louder than words – so take a look at the amazing …

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 …

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  

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.

For All of Us…

For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it. –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous        Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of …

Forcing Branches for Winter Color

“Does the bleak, cold dullness of winter sometimes get you down? Then why not bring springtime into your home by forcing tree and shrub branches into bloom? Branches can be used as background for an arrangement or for an entire floral display, and you can prune your shrubs and trees …

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, …

Tips on Winter Care for Houseplants from the NGA

The National Gardening Association says, “Everyone needs a little R and R, and for houseplants winter is the time to get it. Daylight is dramatically reduced, the air is dry, and temperatures are cool — not the perfect growing conditions. Follow these tips to keep your houseplants in shape through …

Seed Acquisition Disorder

Thanks to Mary Verel for sharing this chuckle!  If you know of a particularly good seed catalog or website, let our webmaster know and we will add it to the “Helpful Sites” page. Not that having more resources will solve this particular seasonal disorder!

Potting Shed Beds Are Put to Sleep for Winter

A valiant crew braved gusts of wind on an otherwise mild and sunny December day to neaten up the Potting Shed beds for winter.  Pictured here are just a few of the diligent souls who got the area neat and clean, cutting back perennials, raking leaves and filling planters with …

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 …

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 …

Hill Top Gardeners Greet Fall

The Hilltop Gardeners have requested a name change for their periodic work with the Rowayton Gardeners (formerly called “garden therapy”).  This lively group enjoyed a recent work session overseen by our Club members Ellen Bieber, Rilla Neafsey, June Foster, Ann Purcell, Bev Hennessey and Susanne Miller using pumpkin containers to create …

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 …

Come See What’s Happening in our Potting Shed Patch!

The Rowayton Gardeners & our good friends at Round Meadow Landscaping have worked together to create a magical new educational garden patch alongside the greenhouse.  Eight new raised beds were installed inside beautiful stone retaining walls, a custom super-sized picnic table was built to enhance our outdoor classroom, an outdoor …

Hello Gardeners!

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.

Questions for Your Nursery

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 …

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 …

Stair Railing to Storage Installed!

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

Summer Camp Bug Fun

Artist and Gardener Lynn Massey led an enthusiastic group of campers in some bug fun at the Potting Shed.  Part of a collaborative series run by the Rowayton Library and Rowayton Gardeners on Thursdays this month and next, the session was a huge success. Another featured “camp counselor” was Nick …

Pinkney Picking

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

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert

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 …

Potting Shed Garden Camp Debut

The Potting Shed has been active since the Gardeners started using it on Farrell Day last fall.  Still, with the debut of our Potting Shed Garden Camp in June, it felt to many that the true potential for the space to serve as a dynamic center for learning and fun truly …

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         …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

RCC Garden Cleanup Day – Join Us!

Spring will be here before we know it and the Rowayton Gardeners will be ready!  There is much to do this year to prune and clean up the Rowayton Community Center gardens and both experienced and new gardeners are invited to join in the work on Saturday, April 5th, from …

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 …

Seed Catalogs – Do You Have a Favorite?

This is the time of year that the big nurseries and seed houses fill our mailboxes with catalogs.We’d love to include links to to your favorite online sources for those who start planning their planting season early.  Even if it’s too early to order, is there anything that chases  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 …

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 …

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, …

Community Cleanup

Fall is the season when many groups come together to rake and prune and generally “spruce up” our shared spaces.  Enjoy these shots of cleanups that took place under Rowayton Gardeners’ supervision with volunteers from “Build On” and other teens and children on the grounds of the Rowayton School in …

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, …

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 …

Why do leaves change color in fall?

Q:  I know I learned this long ago, but I have forgotten the answer and my child is asking why the leaves change color in fall.  Could you tell me so I can remain the “answerer of all questions” for her? A:  There is a terrific article online by the State …

What plants are potentially toxic if eaten by pets?

Q:  Which houseplants are poisonous if eaten by pets? My cats are showing way too much interest in the potted plants we just brought inside. A:  “More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. Poisonous plants …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Potting Shed – Soccer Saturdays

This fall, join us each Saturday morning between 9 am-noon for our Soccer Saturdays family garden time. We will offer a wide variety of fun activities from fairy house building, to pumpkin painting, to cold frame planting, to scavenger hunts, to bulb planting. We always have a yummy & seasonally appropriate snack …

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! …

Is it harmful to prune lilacs at this time of year?

Q: My lilacs are starting to look pretty dreadful – spotted with powdery fungus, overgrown and generally unattractive in the fall border.  Do I just have to wait until the leaves fall off, or can I treat and prune them now? A:  The 3D ‘s (damaged, diseased and dead wood) may …

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…

Rowayton School Pond

The Gardeners’ weeding and mulching, preservation of native species, and tackling of invasive plants has resulted in a beautiful walkway along the Pond and adjoining wetlands.   [slideshow id=7]

Bayley Beach Plantings

Hurricane Sandy was devastating to the shoreline, but Gardeners have worked tirelessly to restore the plantings between the parking lot and beach. [slideshow id=6]

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, …

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.

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 …

GEC Garden Tour

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich will present Grandiflora: Follow the Blooms on June 6th. This year, the self-guided tour features wonderful Greenwich properties that range from magnificent estates to mid-country gems.  Wander through intimate garden rooms and stroll among a tapestry of flowers and manicured hedges. Admire the texture of tiered fountains and the …

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 …