The Rowayton Gardeners are sponsoring their second annual Food Drive to benefit Person to Person March 15 and 16 – last year we donated 1000 pounds of food plus over $1000 in gift cards to purchase groceries and this year we hope to surpass those numbers with suggested items for breakfast (see list below) as well as gift cards to Shop Rite or Stop & Shop. Drop off days at the Rowayton Community Center’s Underground are Friday, March 15 from 3 – 6 pm and Saturday, March 15 from 10 am – 1 pm or simply scan this QR code to make a donation online.
Breakfast items requested include: Oatmeal, cereal, granola or breakfast bars, shelf stable milk, peanut butter, jam, apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas (unripened), pancake mix and pancake syrup.
Please join us in this effort to provide nourishing meals for individuals and families who are food insecure in lower Fairfield County. Any questions, email Julie Griffiths at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rowayton Gardeners invite everyone to attend the Thursday, March 7 program “Success with Hydrangeas” with speaker Lorraine Ballato. Lorraine is an expert horticulturist, an instructor at the New York Botanical Gardens and the region’s authority on hydrangeas. Her most recent book, Success with Hydrangeas, is an international best seller. Through slides and discussion, learn all about hydrangeas; including recent introductions of cultivars that are new to the market plus proper care and maintenance for existing hydrangeas. You’ll leave this talk never again, having to ask the question, “Why doesn’t my hydrangea bloom?”
The business meeting begins at 9:30 am and the program runs from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Non-members are welcome to attend this interesting and informative program on “Success with Hydrangeas.“
There is a strong coalition forming to press Connecticut’s legislature to follow New York State in banning pesticides commonly referred to as “Neonics” (neonicotinoids) for all but certain agricultural uses. The CT Audubon society is hosting an afternoon seminar March 11, available via Zoom (info here). You can learn more about this class of pesticides, why scientists believe Neonics are so dangerous and what we can do about it.
It was a full house as members and non-members enjoyed a program by Sefra Alexandra called “The Ecotype Project: Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place” at the Rowayton Community Center.
Sefra Alexandra, an internationally known ethnobotanist who is also known as ‘The Seed Huntress,’ is on a hunt to preserve uncultivated landscapes and transform them into productive habitats by rewilding pollinator corridors. In her presentation, Sefra explored native plants that are grown from an area’s wild-collected seeds and explained the delicacy as well as the diversity of our native habitats.
The Seed Huntress also stressed the importance of choosing the right plant for the right place to sustain birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Sefra has conducted seed conservation field work around the world, fortifying community seed banks on island nations after natural disasters. She is also the coordinator of the Ecoptype Project for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut.
Here she is below with Kathleen Raby, RG Program Committee member (left) and (left to right) Kathleen Raby, Program Committee member, Kevin Tepas, RG Co-Vice President, Sefra Alexandra and Lisa Lahaussois, RG Co-Vice President.
There was also Eco59 merchandise on display, available on their website: eco59.com
Did you know that gas-powered lawn equipment is endangering our air quality? With 2-stroke engines that do not have pollution controls, this equipment is contributing to air pollutants proven to be detrimental to human health: small particular matter, nitrogen oxides (ozone-forming), excess CO2 as well as toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and 1,3 butadiene.
Fairfield County ranks 28th highest of 3,100 counties in the U.S. for fine particulate matter, 27th for nitrogen oxide and 33rd for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). See this information and more by a non-profit Frontier Group at the link below. You can make a difference!