Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Family, friends, food and football – not to mention the ever-fabulous NYC Macy’s parade – what could be better?  As Rowayton Gardeners, we are grateful for this opportunity to thank our community for their appreciation of our efforts throughout the year, to thank the hundreds that take part in our …

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 …

Christmas Market Workshops 2017

The 2017 Christmas Market will take place on December 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm and our Gardener elves are hard at work to create the best sale ever!  Join in the fun at one of the many workshops scheduled, and please call Chair Frani Taylor at (203) 838-7068 if …

Christmas Market Silent Auction Donations Needed

Donations of goods, services and cash are needed from Gardeners for the Christmas Market Silent Auction on December 2nd. Members may make a donation of cash (suggested deductible gift is $20) that will be put towards a group item at the Silent Auction, a donation of goods or services they personally …

Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual 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 not …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

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

We Won!!!

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

Carve-a-thon Draws Record Crowds

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

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 Lawn Care

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

Fall Members’ Gathering at the Potting Shed

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

Pot Luck Family Supper

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

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

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

Soccer Saturdays Continue through November 8th

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

Timeless Gatherings – A Standard Flower Show

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …