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POP-UP EVENT! Selleck Woods Wildflower and Weed Walk June 20

Join new member Debby Boots and the environmental committee for an informal walk to learn about the wildflowers and worthy “weeds” growing along the railroad track in Selleck Woods. Meet at the Potting Shed at 8:45am to carpool or meet at 9:00 am at the end of Little Brook Road in Darien where we will begin the walk. Bring a friend! Wear a hat!

Here is a map of the area at this link for review. If you have any questions, email Debby at debboots5@gmail.com

‘Opportuni-Tea’ at the Potting Shed June 6

How wonderful to celebrate spring into summer, our achievements throughout the year and to have a chance to hear about what’s on the horizon for the Rowayton Gardeners from Fall 2024 to Spring 2025.

All are invited: new members, prospective members, longtime members, and everyone in between!

We’ll be serving up ‘Secret Garden Tea,’ some light bites, and an ‘Opportuni-Tea’ to meet, mingle and hear from RG club officers, board members, committee chairs and Master Gardeners. Come share new ideas and learn about upcoming programs, events and Garden Club initiatives.

Date and Tea-time: Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 4-6pm

Location: Potting Shed at the Rowayton Community Center   

Please RSVP by Friday, May 31 – Amy Tyson (ajtyson@me.com)

Spring Market 2024 Recap

To All of the Rowayton Gardeners,

Wow, now THAT was fun! Congratulations to everyone that participated in this year’s Spring Market & Plant Sale. Saturday’s event was a smashing success!

A special thank you goes to the Committee heads and all of the Volunteers that made it possible.

Here are the highlights:

* We were blessed with gorgeous weather.

* We had customers waiting at the gate thirty minutes before we opened the Market.

* We had over 500 plants from friends and member’s gardens.

* All of the Bouquets To Go (new this year) sold out in the first hour and the Dahlias (new this year) were gone in an hour and a half.

* The food offerings at The Cafe were as visually exquisite as they were delicious, so everything sold very well.

Second Hand Rose surrounded The Cafe and incorporated many beautiful items along with our plants and hanging baskets.

* The Veggies & Herbs area was busy with customers all day.

* The Information Allée (new this year) hosted our RG membership table with the Who We Are, What We Do & Community Map posters as well as Davey Tree.

* Davey Tree handed out 200 free trees (new this year).

* The Hold area and Cashiers kept the crowds moving smoothly through the shop and purchase process.

* The Electric Lawn Mower & Equipment display (new this year) was located in the southwest corner of the market area and appeared to have many visitors.

Financially, we did very well, more to follow on that.

In closing, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for making The Spring Market & Plant Sale the fun, community building and successful event that it was!

Donna Sylvestri, Sarah Boles and Debbie Parnon (seen in photo below left to right)

 

 

 

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Field Trip – New York Botanical Gardens: “Wonderland Curious Nature”

Be part of a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s unbelievable. It’s unfamiliar. It’s the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) like never before! Head down the rabbit hole as “Wonderland Curious Nature” transforms 250 acres through the classic story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

An exhibition specialist will guide our group on a two-hour private tour through mind-bending horticultural displays, unusual and outsized art installations plus all the wonderfully weird beauty of Alice’s world of imagination, made real with thousands of technicolor flowers.

After our magical, memorable experience across the grounds and through the buildings at NYBG, our sensory adventure will continue with culinary enchantment at the Hudson Garden Grill. We’ll immerse ourselves in a three-course luncheon from the restaurant’s creatively curated Spring/Summer menu.

Registration:                                 

Cost is $100/pp, all inclusive

Space for this trip is limited to 24 attendees (members only)        

Date and Time:  Thursday, May 30, 2024.

We will meet at the RCC Lower Lot to organize carpools at 8:00 am.

Tour: 10am-noon

Lunch: 12:30pm at the Hudson Garden Grill

Return: Arrival back to RCC around 3:30pm

Click HERE to register online.

Questions or need further info? Contact: Amy Tyson (ajtyson@me.com)

Spring 2024 After-School Nature Program Series

The Rowayton Gardeners are happy to announce that the children’s after-school nature program is back in action this spring! Join us at the Potting Shed to explore nature’s wonders right outside our shed. Guided by instructors, children will learn about the interdependence between people, animals and plants. Our spring series will focus on the wonder of seeds and soil, trees, flowers and the food they produce.

The four sessions will be offered as a package available to children ages 7-10 on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm on May 1, May 15, May 22 and May 29. The fee of $140.00 will cover the cost of four programs, class materials and a snack. Scholarships available.

We can only accommodate 15 children, so please register as soon as possible. Register and pay online. There are no refunds for classes missed by the students. Should a class be cancelled by the Rowayton Gardeners, there will be a make-up class or refund offered.

Questions or need further info? Contact: Elizabeth Harleman (eharleman@gmail.com)

April Meeting Program Recap

Over 45 people braved the weather to attend the RG April Program at the Rowayton Community Center by Kim Eierman called “Gardening Strategies for the Climate Crisis.” She offered great tips on plant selection and planting for pollinators to improve the environment around you, by starting in your own yard and garden.

Kim Eierman is a noted ecological landscape designer and environmental horticulturist. She is the founder of EcoBenefical, LLC, author of two books and a member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International. Here she is (at left) pictured with Program Committee Member Judy Heilmann (right).

Connecticut Native Perennial, Tree & Shrub Availability List

The UConn Extension & Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division has published a Connecticut Native Perennial, Tree and Shrub Availability List online with links to resources including: Participating Nurseries Map, CT Native Tree and Shrub List, CT Native Perennial List, Nursery Address and Contact List, Native Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials Pollinator and Bloom Time Information and more. Thank you to RG Amy Tyson for passing along this info!

Visit the website at the link here.

 

Breakfast Food Drive 2024

THANKS TO ALL who donated food and funds to buy more breakfast goodies for Person to Person plus the hardworking Rowayton Gardeners who planned and staffed the event. Pictured here left to right: first row Cathy Konstantin, Bridget Bennett, Julie Griffiths, Amy Tyson, Lisa Lauhaussois, and in back Carol Giunta, Ellen Bieber, Mary Divett and Sarah Ritchie) Everyone can still give via QR code below!

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 jules10028@gmail.com.

March Meeting Recap

Advanced Master Gardener Lorraine Ballato’s wealth of knowledge and love of teaching was on display at the Rowayton Gardeners general meeting on Thursday, March 7. An expert on horticulture and hydrangeas, Lorraine delivered an information-packed talk on “Success with Hydrangeas” to over 50 attendees!

She is pictured here (at left) with Linda Paolini, RG Program Committee member.

 

 

 

 

        

BEE Environmentally Aware: Learn more about Neonic pesticides

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.

Read about this issue in a two-page fact sheet for those without an afternoon to spare – link here.