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Christmas Market December 2

Don’t miss the Christmas Market on Saturday, December 2 from 9 am – 1 pm in the Potting Shed at the Rowayton Community Center 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton. This popular fundraising holiday event sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and supporting sponsor Rand Insurance features designer-quality wreaths and centerpieces, one-of-a-kind gifts, plum pudding, as well as mini trees and ornaments – all reasonably priced. Plus there will be a range of fabulous items offered at the Silent Auction.

More info here!

Christmas Tree Sale December 10

On Sunday December 10 at 9am, the Rowayton Gardeners join forces with the Rowayton Civic Association for the Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Pinkney Park. This sale is held every year the day after the Nativity Pageant to sell the trees that were the lovely set decor (the event is Saturday, December 9 at 6 pm).

The trees are fresh cut, 6 ft to 7ft quality Balsam.  All trees are $45.

Make sure you mark your calendars, so you don’t miss this great sale!

 

Need to Know – New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ” plant hardiness zone map ” was updated Wednesday for the first time in a decade, and it shows the impact that climate change will have on gardens and yards across the country.

Climate shifts aren’t even — the Midwest warmed more than the Southeast, for example. Read more about it via CT Insider here!

Need to Know – National Wildlife Federation Info for Feeding Birds

The National Wildlife Federation has created a cool new tool to help us feed the birds with our choice of plants. Put in your location and find plants. Next to each tree, flower or shrub photo is the number of butterfly and moth species that feed on the plant as caterpillars — yum. We have a lot of power in our own hands to stop the decline of the bird population and fill our yards with color and life. Good Luck!

Here is the link:  www.nwf.org/nativeplantfinder

 

November Meeting Program

Forty members and guests attended this month’s general meeting and program at the Rowayton Community Center. The presentation by Jan Johnsen, principal of Johnsen’s Landscapes and Pools, “Learning from Before and After” was highly informative and inspiring.

Jan Johnsen has been a principal in Johnsen Landscapes and Pools, a landscape design-and-build firm based in Westchester, NY, for more than thirty years. A favorite speaker of our club members, Jan used illustrative before and after photos of various projects which she has executed throughout her career. She shared specific tips, techniques and design possibilities to make-over or enhance your garden.

Attendees received a plant list and were able to participate in a drawing for a copy of one of Ms. Johnsen’s books: Gardentopia (2019) or Floratopia (2021).  After an informative Q and A, her books will be available for purchase and signing. Jan is pictured here with RG Member Charlotte Gannon (left) and RG President Bridget Bennet (right).

 

Leave the Leaves Campaign

Leaving leaves in your planting beds enriches your soil and gives shelter to overwintering insect larvae essential to birds arriving in Spring. More info found in this article from Treehugger.com sourced by RG Margot Epprecht at the link below.  So, “Leaf a Leaf, Plz!”

Read the article at the link here.