At its December holiday party, the New Canaan Garden Club raised $3,000 which was donated to the Department of Health and Human Services for the town’s Food Pantry and Warm-Up Fund. The Food Pantry makes its largest distribution during the holidays with between 120 and 190 individuals accessing the food bank every two weeks. Many of the people who use the food bank also benefit from the Warm-Up Fund which helps with heating and shut off notices.
Continuing a long history of holiday civic projects, the New Canaan Garden Club also decorated trees for the town Holiday Stroll and assembled festive miniature arrangements for delivery through Meals on Wheels. The club worked with another organization to make large wreaths that decorated many of the town’s public buildings helping to create a cheerful atmosphere for residents and visitors.
From left to right: Catharine Sturgess, New Canaan Garden Club Holiday Stroll Chair, Carol McDonald, Director New Canaan Health and Human Services,
Ellen Zumbach, New Canaan Garden Club President, and
Kevin Moynihan, New Canaan First Selectman
From Susan Bergen . . . .
I saw several of these American Copper butterflies in the Irwin Meadow yesterday when I planted Jane’s milkweed. They are common in CT, thought to have been introduced from Europe during Colonial times. The host plant for their caterpillars is curly dock (Rumex crispus) – no shortage of that at Irwin! The butterflies are quite small – with a 1 1/8″ wingspan. They were getting nectar from the white flowers of wild strawberries. These little beauties are active from late April through October in 3 flights (generations), and overwinter in chrysalis form.
A Very Special NCGC Trip to Holland ~ April 2018
The NCGC Visiting Gardens Committee is delighted to offer this special 7 day trip to Holland April 16-22, 2018. It will be led by Marie-Elizabeth Offierski, who specializes in creating custom garden tours. See www.toursbymarie.com and Architectural Digest, Dec.10, 2016 which contains an article about a trip she led for her step-mother Page Dickey and Bunny Williams. Marie has led multiple European trips for Sasqua Garden Club, to their unanimous delight.
Marie says that the choice of this particular week should be very floriferous. Note that Easter next year falls on April 1, 2018. Having the opportunity to have access to so many private notable gardens makes this trip unique. It will be open to a maximum of 15 members. Please take the time to look through the enticing itinerary and get back to me ASAP if you would like to be a part of this fun week!
If you have any questions please let me know and I will contact Marie before our information meeting on Thursday, March 30 at 10:00 at my house.
Lydee Hummel, NCGC Visiting Gardens Chair.
Join us for a FREE adults-only discussion by Jen Cipriano of Copia to help us maintain our landscape during the drought. It affects us all . . .
Tuesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the New Canaan Nature Center.
Nibbles and beverages provided by Baldanza Natural Market and Cafe, Speakeasy Confections.
Event sponsored by New Cannan Nature Center, New Canaan Garden Club and Copia.
To register, please call (203) 966-9577 X10