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Rowayton Gardeners’ Meeting Thursday, October 6th

Our October Members meeting will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 this coming Thursday at the Rowayton Community Center.

Following the business meeting will be an exciting program entitled Design Ideas for Small Space Gardening  and featuring speaker Ty Tan of Ty Tan Designs, a boutique design studio specializing in residential landscape designs. You’ll be enchanted and inspired by Ty’s suggestions for cottage gardens and gardening in small spaces. All are welcome to attend, so invite friends and neighbors to the program that begins at 10:30 am


Ty Tan is a landscape designer and horticulturist who will inspire us by sharing her experiences in designing colorful, healthy plant communities that are sustainable, ecologically based and long-lived. Ty has a boutique design landscape studio, in West Norwalk, and is a former board member of the New Canaan Beautification League.

Please join us for this colorful and information-packed program!

Fall Pruning Discouraged by Horticulture Magazine

The current Horticulture Magazine has a helpful article on Fall Pruning. One reason not to prune trees in fall is that pruning can trigger a flush of new growth. If this occurs in the fall, the new growth may not have time to harden before freezing weather sets in, leading to damage. Another reason to avoid fall pruning is if the tree or shrub in question flowers on “old wood.” This means that it has already set flower buds that will open next spring or summer—hence, flowering on “old wood.” Pruning this type of tree or shrub in the fall would remove those buds and diminish next year’s flower display. For more information on specific trees and shrubs, check this month’s issue!.


The Carvathon is Back!

Join us for one of our most popular family activities! We will provide the carving tools, the pumpkins, our ever-charming Potting Shed ambiance and friendly volunteer staff. As always, we’ll offer two afternoons of carving, (choose Wednesday, October 19th or Thursday, October 20th, both from 4 to 5:30 pm ) followed by an evening Pumpkin Stroll (Friday, October 21st from 6 to 7 pm for the entire family!) We’ll serve up apple cider, treats, games and a chance for the kids to see their creations all aglow. Continue reading“The Carvathon is Back!”

Fall Planting Perennials: Tips for Success

Horticulture magazine has an article out this month about how to make fall an important and successful planting season for perennials. It’s not only trees, shrubs and grass that grow well from this season’s planting. Read more about it here.

Norwalk has Banned Pesticides on Public Properties

As reported in “Nancy on Norwalk,” Norwalk has banned pesticides on public properties, with certain exceptions, as of January 1st.“We hope that the practices adopted by the city … will inspire our residents to stop the use of pesticides on their own private properties and to maintain their lawns and gardens more sustainable ways that minimize the harm to creatures that live in our yards and our beloved Sound,” Ordinance Committee Chairwoman and Rowayton Gardener, Lisa Shanahan (D-District E) said Tuesday, before the Common Council voted unanimously to approve a new ordinance titled, “Healthy Outdoor Public Spaces.”

For more information on this important matter, see today’s Nancy on Norwalk entire post.