Midsummer, 2021 Newsletter

Volunteers Making New Canaan Beautiful
Happy Summer Everyone!
We interrupt your summer to bring you an update!

Program Chairs, Kirsten Gregorio, Nancy Malling, Ty Tan, Aoife Maynard, and Sue Hull have been hard at work finding speakers for our events this fall and winter. Final plans will be announced soon. Save the dates for the September Welcome Back Coffee on September 8 and our Autumn Luncheon on October 13. You can read more about these events below. Please note that the January, February & March meetings will be via Zoom.
September Welcome Back Coffee

onCWednesday, September 8*, 2021  
Welcome Back Coffee 
and Bristow Park and Bird Sanctuary Tour
Mead Park Colonnade (next to tennis courts)
*rain date: Thursday, September 9 

During this social event, Ty Tan will speak about the Bristow Park and Bird Sanctuary that adjoins Mead Park and give us a tour afterward. As part of a multi-year plan of restoration, this piece of property was recently planted with pollinator friendly native plants. It is the latest property in town to join the Pollinator Pathway.

Below is a partial plant list from the project:
View a comprehensive history of the bird sanctuary clicking this link:
signs for Bristow
liatris at Bristow
October Autumn Luncheon
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: 
Autumn Luncheon with Page Dickey

Noted author, Page Dickey, describes her transition from her celebrated NY garden, Duck Hill, to a 17-acre Connecticut garden with a view of the Berkshires in her latest book, 
Uprooted : A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again." 
 (More info to come: advance reservation and fee will be required),
Book sale and signing.
Woodway Country Club, Darien, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Page Dickey
Share Your Ideas
Our program committee welcomes any ideas for upcoming speakers and presentations. Forward any ideas you may have to our program committee chair, Kirsten Gregorio.
New Members
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Welcome to our newest member:

Stan Ponte 
Summer Projects
The right hand side of the entrance to Mead Park was a hill of weeds and overgrown grass. NCBL members spent a hot June morning digging and planting to improve the vista for the many walkers and visitors in the park.
Before planting....
...and after.
Many thanks to Kathy Lapolla, Faith Kerchoff, Eniko Szatai, Jill Ernst, Rob Carpenter, Pat Thatcher Stephanie Hutter and Fanny Moran
As a Traveling Trowel, or member of the Beautification League, if you find yourself with free time this summer, you are always welcome to weed at any of our town areas, like the Mead Park Plaza, or entrance area, Gold Star Walk, Mailbox Drop at Pine St. and Train Station.

Mead Park's pond on a misty morning.
Help at the Farmers Market
Thanks to Angela & Claude Colabella for helping us spread the word about the Beautification League at the Farmers' Market!
Flower Arranging at Waveny
Peggy Danneman and Lally Jurcik made flower arrangements for Waveny. They got most of the flowers from Wegmans, took cuttings from their yards & used a few donated alstroemerias that were in the refrigerator at Waveny. They produced 4 large (with orange & red gladiolus), 3 medium and 6 small arrangements. Thank you Peggy and Lally!
Lee Garden
July blooming Rhododendron maximum, also known as the Rosebay Rhododendron, is blooming at Lee Garden in several places. It extends the Rhododendron bloom season by quite a bit. Pink buds open to white and show a green eye in each flower. They are evergreen and grow up to 30' when happy. This one (left) is right at the edge of the terrace. 

There are many other surprises to see in the summer at Lee. The intricate mushroom below, shines in the late afternoon sunlight.
Giant mushroom at Lee
Civic Beautification | Traveling Trowels
Town Hall
Planter at the new Town Hall entrance.
Planter at the original Town Hall entrance.
Town Hall Wall
Thank you to Liz Orteig (right) who has taken care of the wall garden on the north side of Town Hall's driveway for many years!
Liz in the wall garden by Town Hall
Sun basket (left - photo by Peter Hanson) and shade basket (below).

shade basket 2021
Marguerite daisies on the Gold Star Walk.
Purple Nepeta, yellow Achillea and red Monarda on the Mead Park plaza.
There are 4 new chairs and a table on the Mead Park Plaza (right).
Garden Tours
If anyone is willing to open their garden for a small tour of NCBL members, please let Kathy Lapolla know.

And if you can't wait to see a neat garden, take a look at the New Canaan Nature Center's Herb Garden:
Silver Bed
Bed of lavender
Milk thistle in the Medicinal Garden
Membership Renewals and More
If you have not already done so, please send your membership form (click below) with your check for dues for the coming year, 2021-2022, to NCBL Membership, PO Box 1244, New Canaan, CT 06840 (New members who have joined since January 2021 do not have to pay dues until June 2022).
If you have changed any of your contact information (home address, email address, or phone number), please let membership know.
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Happy or sad, please let me know if one of our NCBL members, needs some support or cheer in the form of a note and maybe, some flowers.
You can reach me by calling: 203-801-0862 or e-mail: eabutter@gmail.com.
Many thanks for your thoughtfulness!

Buds and Blooms
Looking for “Blooms”

Please help us make new members feel welcome by signing up to meet and greet one or two. It's a minimal time requirement and can really mean a lot to a new NCBL member.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jill Ernst.

According to Scott Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation,“Keeping honey bees to ‘save the bees’ is like raising chickens to save birds.” For an informative, short article please click the link below.
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