Our Chew Crew left Irwin Park this morning, Tuesday, August 17th. During their regular site visit, our farmers saw that there was not enough vegetation left for the goats to eat. Since May, they have devoured our weeds daily.
Well, despite all the restrictions we had to adhere to due to Covid-19, we managed to pull it off and once again provide the beautiful wreaths that adorn our downtown area throughout the holidays! Together, with the Beautification League, we donned our masks, moved our workstations at least six feet apart, kept our volunteer numbers low, and had a ball making our festive wreaths! Interesting fact – since 1960 the Garden Club has convened each December to make these wreaths for our downtown, and no way were we going to let a stupid pandemic get in our way! Ho-Ho-Ho!
The New Canaan Garden Club members rallied again to deliver beautiful floral arrangements to Stella Clarke, Executive Director of Community Engagement and Volunteering at Waveny LifeCare Network for Mother’s Day weekend. The spring bouquets brightened up the common areas and nursing stations for all to enjoy.
On May 12th, our New Canaan Garden Club Goat Initiative Project (representing all of Zone II in competition at the GCA’s virtual Annual Meeting Flower Show called “Around the Green” held May 11-12, 2021) was awarded First Place AND Best In Show in the 12 Zones’ video exhibition, “Education in Conservation.”
Click here to enjoy this two-minute video prepared by NCGC Conservation Co-Chairs Alice Wyman and Wendy Dewey.
The NCGC kicked off the 2021/22 season on September 8th with their annual opening luncheon at Waveny House. Almost a dozen members provided gorgeous and imaginative centerpieces inspired by a variety of adult and children’s books. Our Floral Design Committee is already very busy this fall, touring the Hortulus Flower Show in Greenwich and hosting their own workshop on how to “Take out the Fear and Put in the Fun into Entering Flower Shows.”
December proved to be a Season of Giving for the New Canaan Garden Club. 2020 was a difficult year for many. We wanted to do something special around the holidays to show our appreciation to those on the front lines and continue our annual civic projects to provide a little holiday spirit to local families going through difficult times. Click here for full story in New Canaan Advertiser.
Ellen McMahon, Co-Chair of Horticultural Therapy for The New Canaan Garden Club, recently provided over a dozen Easter arrangements designed by club members to Stella Clarke, Executive Director of Community Engagement and Volunteering at Waveny Lifecare Network. Stella was excited by the beautiful floral donations since this is the first time in over a year that flowers have been allowed in the Waveny community due to COVID restrictions. The spring bouquets will be on display in the dining rooms and common areas for the residents and staff to enjoy.
Several NCGC members attended Wave Hill’s 2021 Gardeners’ Party on Thursday, September 30th to celebrate Louis Bauer. For nearly two decades, Louis has dedicated himself to Wave Hill, first arriving in 1994 to work under Marco Polo Stufano, and returning in 2014 as Director of Horticulture. He epitomizes the distinctive style of gardening Wave Hill is known for—intimate, adventurous and plants first! Under Louis’ inspired leadership, Wave Hill remains at the forefront of American horticulture; his impact will last long into the future.
On Sunday evening, September 20th, the Irwin Park Committee hosted a reception for Friends of Irwin Park. We wanted to thank the donors who contributed to the completion of the Flexi-Pave loop at Irwin Park.
On two consecutive Saturdays, September 19th and 26th, a group of energetic NCGC members cut down several patches of Japanese knotweed, opposite the goat pen in Irwin Park. Armed with clippers, horticultural vinegar and black coffee, they cut and bagged the branches, and then poured vinegar and coffee in the hollow stalks. Hopefully, this will weaken the roots of the invasive knotweed plants at the time when they are the weakest (producing seeds). This action is part of a 3-year project to find the safest way to eradicate invasives from Irwin Park and encourage more native pollinators to return.