FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER
UPCOMING EVENTS
March
Meeting & Program:
Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home with Doug Tallamy
(joint meeting with NCGC)
Wednesday 
March 8, 2017
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
New Canaan Library Lamb Room
Flower Arranging 101
Thursday
March 30, 2017
10:00 am - noon
Waveny House Dining Room
April
Meeting & Program:
America's Most Spectacular Garden in the 1920s with Stephen Byrns
Wednesday 
April 5, 2017
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
New Canaan Nature Center
May
Meeting & Program:
Garden Style / Spring Style with Ariella Chezar
Wednesday 
May 3, 2017
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
New Canaan Nature Center
Lee Garden Azalea Festival
Sunday 
May 21, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Olive and George Lee Memorial Garden, 89 Chichester Road
June
Meeting & Program: Annual Meeting and Fun Cooking and Healthy Eating with Tracey Medeiros
Wednesday 
June 7, 2017
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
New Canaan Nature Center
A Letter From Our Presidents

 
"Why did you join the NCBL?"    I asked people and this is what they said:

"My friend made me/encouraged me."
"I like gardens, plants, and flowers."
"I care about keeping New Canaan looking good."
"It's a great way to meet people - really great people."
"I wanted to learn more about plants in my yard."
"It seems like a group with a good mission."
"I like knowing all the things they have done and do in town."

Whatever your individual reason .... this is a living breathing entity!  It needs to grow to live, with new and current members contributing their particular talents.   We all have special strengths and if we do one thing well, or learn one new thing, then we make this a better organization.  The wheels have been turning for NCBL for 78 years - since 1939!  Look at the names of our past presidents in our green book, and think of all the board members that have participated before us.   When you look around New Canaan, it is difficult to imagine it without the special Beautification touches.   Nominating season will soon be upon us to fill positions for next year.   Let members of the nominating committee know of your interest.  When they start ringing you, be prepared to say yes!

The wonderful Victorian Tea will be held on February 1.  This is our thank you to ourselves for all the work we do.  It will be purely social - a chance for members to catch up with each other and meet new members and guests.   It is being organized by Gloria Simon with members bringing the food, so it will definitely be the best lunch in town.   There will be beautiful flower arrangements made by our talented members to delight us.   You can wear flowers and hats to make it even more festive.   Count on seeing Liz Orteig in another beautiful chapeau!

Many members have been busy addressing our Annual Appeal letters for our March 1 town mailing.  Believe it or not we are still receiving checks from the 2016 Appeal!   We are extremely grateful to receive this support for what we do.

As you know we have been facing a drought, and in November Aquarion asked customers to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent.  Start thinking of solutions to deal with the water shortage. The Chairmen of Hanging Baskets are considering adding hydro crystals to the baskets to deal with the water shortage. In the meantime, pray for rain, enjoy some gardening books and catalogues, and look forward to our March speaker, Doug Tallamy. He is speaking on March 8 at the New Canaan Library in our joint program with the Garden Club of New Canaan.

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Bleeding hearts at Lee Garden in May.

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REMINDER!
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We're looking forward to seeing all of you who are attending the Victorian Tea on Wednesday, February 1.  Gloria Simon and her set-up crew will arrive at Waveny House around 10:15 AM so anyone who wants to drop off their food "donations" can do so starting at that time.  Please bring all your yummy contributions in a decorative bowl or on a pretty plate.  
Any questions, please call Gloria at (203) 972-8069.

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Presenting our March Program:
(in partnership with the New Canaan Garden Club)

Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home
with Doug Tallamy

March 8, 2017
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
New Canaan Public Library - Lamb Room

Doug Tallamy 

MAKE YOUR LANDSCAPE 
 A LIVING ECOSYSTEM ONCE AGAIN!

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception.  Tallamy will explain how our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us.  Come to our program and learn how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us and what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again.

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Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Departments of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.  Besides his research and teaching, he has authored the books Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, and The Living Landscape.  He is also a regular columnist for Garden Design Magazine.

We are so lucky to have Doug Tallamy speak ... don't miss this program! Download a program flier HERE.
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Annual Appeal 2017

Half of the envelopes given to our wonderful members have been addressed and returned already!  We are asking that members who still have to finish theirs to return them by February 15.  
 If you cannot meet this deadline please contact Peggy or Judy below as soon as possible, and THANK YOU!


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Susan and Shirley from last year's workshop.
FlowerArrangingFLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP 101
Thursday
March 30, 2017
10 am - noon
Waveny House Dining Room

Our first class was so well received that we had to do it again!  Join  Susan Bergen  and  Shirley Stancik  as they teach our members the basic steps to creating splendid floral arrangements for all occasions.   
    
Please bring your own clippers and a selection of flowers you wish to use.   Glass vases and additional flowers and fillers will also be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. by March 27  to:
Susan Bergen  fab16snb@gmail.com  to attend.  
This is a member only event.
 
Hurry, as space is limited !


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Welcome Our New Members!

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Jill Ernst
Barbara Newman
Barbara Wilson

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Lee Garden Chairs Get Advice on Trees & Shrubs

Lee Garden Chairs Faith Kerchoff and Yvonne Hunkeler (chairperson Kathy Lapolla was not present) took advantage of the winter landscape to assess the trees and shrubs at the garden. New NCBL member and landscape architect Barbara Wilson of Barbara Wilson Landscape Architect LLC joined them to offer her expertise and guidance.   

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Faith, Barbara, and Yvonne discuss a large pine seedling.

Tulip tree
Barbara thinks this huge tulip tree is over 100 years old.

Highbush Blueberry
The lichen on this highbush blueberry is not harmful to the plant and the shrub serves as a food source for the many birds in the garden.

Enkianthus
When in bloom, the flowers on this Enkianthus resemble hanging pink bells.

Mossy Path
Barbara, Faith, and Yvonne walk the mossy path that Kathy Lapolla has tended to and encouraged over the years.


Would you like to help out in Lee Garden this spring?  Contact one of the chairs to get on their email list.  There are many different jobs to do, including light work, and it's time spent in a peaceful woodland paradise.


JANUARY HAPPENINGS
Did you miss our January Program with 
 Keith Simpson?

Thanks to New Canaan Channel 79, you can view the entire program here at this link!


EVENTS OF INTEREST AROUND TOWN

WHAT DOES A POLLINATOR HABITAT LOOK LIKE?

The Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership (FCRCP) is holding a meeting and presentation about integrating healthy pollinator habitats using native plants in our backyards and open spaces.  Our own NC Land Trust is a member of the FCRCP and is looking to enhance the pollinator plant capacity of its five meadows as well as establish a wildflower and pollinator plant garden on the Silvermine Fowler Preserve.

This presentation is hosted by the Wilton Land Conservation Trust and is open to the public:

What Does a Pollinator Habitat Look Like?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:00 pm
The Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897

RSVP: Mary Ellen Lemay, Coordinator
melemay.grb@gmail.com

Download a program flier here.


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This month in Hartford!
36th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
February 23 - 26, 2017

CT Flower Show 2017

The show's theme this year is "Woodland Enchantment" and the event is filled with over fifty seminars and over 300 exhibitors.

The show is held in the CT Convention Center, an easy drive right off I-91.  To see the show schedule, speakers, exhibitors, and to buy tickets, see the website here:   CT Flower & Garden Show

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NYBG Classes at the Nature Center

NYBG at NCNC

The New York Botanical Garden is holding classes at the New Canaan Nature Center!  How convenient it is to get top notch training from some of the best instructors in the country right in our own backyard!

The next upcoming class is listed below.  To read the class description and to register, click  HERE .

Landscape Design : Thursday, March 9, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm