“Native bees are a hidden treasure. From alpine meadows in the national forests of the Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and from the boreal forests of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to the Ocala National Forest in Florida, bees can be found anywhere in North America, where flowers bloom. From forests to farms, from cities to wildlands, there are 4,000 native bee species in the United States, from the tiny Perdita minima to large carpenter bees.”
New Canaan Garden Club completes master plan for Irwin Park
March 3, 2022
To the Editor,
Since opening as a park in 2005, Irwin Park has been seen as a sanctuary where residents and our neighbors can walk, jog, ride bicycles, picnic and even cross-country ski. The New Canaan Garden Club (NCGC), as stewards of the park, recently completed a ten-year master plan for the park with Stimson Landscape Architects from Cambridge, MA. Stimson recently was awarded the 2021 Landscape Architecture Firm award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and their master plan will provide the road map for the future of the park.
The New Canaan Garden Club has launched an exciting new audio guide about the history of Waveny Park on Otocast. The project stems from the Garden Club of America’s initiative to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Waveny Park is an Olmsted firm designed property, and the Club felt it was important to enlighten our community on its historical background and significance in a unique and novel way.
These handmade, beautifully decorated tabletop boxwood trees will grace your home throughout the holiday season. Consider grouping them on an entryway table, console table, or just about anywhere to add a little holiday magic to your home. They also make wonderful hostess and holiday gifts!
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.