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 …

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.

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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…

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]

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]

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 …

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 …

Memorial Day Parade

On Sunday, May 26th, enthusiastic Rowayton Gardeners marched once again in Rowayton’s Memorial Day Parade.  A colorful and message-bedecked float was surrounded by Club members who handed out pamphlets to the cheering crowds.