Volunteers Making New Canaan Beautiful

May Program
What Do I Do Now? Revitalizing a Mature Landscape with Nancy King
May 2, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
NC Nature Center
Rake Decorating Meeting
May 9, 2018
10:00 am
Faith Kerchoff's house
Victorian Tea
May 16, 2018
11:30 am - 2:00
Waveny House
Hanging Baskets
May 18, 2018
9:30 am until finished
Azalea Festival
May 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lee Memorial Garden
89 Chichester Road
NCBL Marching in Memorial Day Parade
May 28, 2018
Annual Meeting
Landscaping for Birds, Bees, & Other Critters with Patrick Comins, Executive Director of the CT Audubon Society
June 6, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
NC Nature Center

Dear Members,

April showers bring May flowers, and we are so ready!

First, a big shout out to all our new members. Contact any of us at any time with questions, suggestions, ideas.  We would love to hear from you.

We have a lot going on:  Our diggers, planters, weeders, planners, and others are hard at work all over town.  Under Peggy Danneman's tutelage we are making enormous progress at the Lee Memorial Garden shed.  Members are hearing praises from drivers by and it's not even finished.  And the "grounds"  folks there, under Faith Kerchoff, have managed an enormous cleanup for which are are so very grateful.

Annually anticipated, our baskets are ripening for the hanging and members will meet at Eileen Boheme's on May 18 to assemble them.  Do drop in to help!

Our newest venture is the Farmers Market!  We hope to be there on alternate weeks both sharing our expertise and showing our faces closeup, ie not bending over the earth.  We would love to have more members join the camaraderie.  Robin Bates-Mason is scheduling, so contact her if you are interested.

The recent joint program with the Garden Club was a great hit thanks to our program planners.  Thank you Carol, Gerda and Jolley, and our great hospitality team.  More programs are planned for the future, so keep reading. 

Headed by Rose Bauersfeld, our Annual Appeal team has done a great job and according to their keeper of the funds, Karen Hanson, the donations are ahead of last year.  This is what enables us to accomplish everything we do, so thank your friends and neighbors--and yourselves as well.

Grab your rakes!  We are anticipating a fun-filled brigade as we march for the first time in the Memorial Day Parade.  Robin Bates-Mason is spearheading this for us.  Lets have a super turnout and strut our stuff.

If anyone has any ideas for a field trip -- of any sort, anywhere -- just let us know.  Objects of Desire, Style for the Garden and Home is June 2 and 3 at the Wilton Historical Society.

Give your Mom a gift and bring her to Lee Memorial Garden on Mother's Day or visit on Azalea Festival day, May 20!

Barbara and Karen

Town Hall tulips
Town Hall tulips are showing their colors.

Announcing Our May Program

"What Do I Do Now"
 a Mature Landscape
with talented landscape architect Nancy King
of Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design

Does your property need some "sprucing up" ?
Get some tips at our next program!
Nancy King
 May 2, 2018
9:30 am coffee
10:00 am program
NC Nature Center
Nancy King is a landscape architect and principal of Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design in Wilton, Connecticut. 
Nancy King landscape

Nancy is enthusiastically committed to sustainable and regenerative design solutions. She loves getting to know a property and uses her expertise to unlock its capability.

She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), an Executive Committee Member of the Connecticut ASLA, a LEED AP with The U.S. Green Building Council, a Master Gardener and a Planning Commissioner in the Town of Redding. 

Read more about Nancy King and Seventy Acres at her beautiful website  HERE .
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Patrick Comins
June Annual Meeting
and Members' Program

June 6, 2018
9:30 am coffee
10:00 meeting & program
New Canaan Nature Center
Patrick Comins with Owl

Landscaping for Birds, Bees & Other Critters
with Patrick Comins
Executive Director of CT Audubon Society

Patrick will speak to us at our Annual Meeting on June 6 at 10 am on improving your backyard habitat for birds and other wildlife.  Patrick has two decades of experience in habitat restoration and design of habitats with birds and pollinators in mind.  Adding native plants to your landscape design can bring your yard to life with colorful native birds, butterflies and other wildlife.   Many of our butterflies, moths and other insects have adapted to specific native plants for larval food and nectar sources.  Including native shrubs, trees and other plants in your yard can attract the beneficial insects and serve to provide seeds and fruit that our birds have become accustomed to seeking out throughout their annual life cycles.  Native plants in your yard can make even the most suburban of neighborhoods a much more friendly place for nesting and migrating birds alike. 

Certain trees, such as flowering dogwood, time their production of fruit to when bird species such as Scarlet Tanager and Wood Thrush are passing through in migration.  Their bright red berries catch the bird's eye and provide the fat and other nutrients need for their long migratory journeys.   Others, including American holly and winterberry, produce berries that are less palatable and linger through the winter to provide food in late winter when other food sources are lean.  

Come learn how native trees, shrubs and other plants can help bring your yard to life!
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Announcing our Slate for the NCBL Executive Board!

We will be voting on the nominated slate for the executive board at our June Annual Meeting.

Please download and read the nominations HERE.

Thank you to our Nominating Committee: Sara Hunt, Libby Butterworth, Jill Ernst, Faith Kerchoff, Robin Bates-Mason, and Eva Wingate.
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Renew Your Membership Quick and Easy!

We are making our membership renewal easier this year!  Simply download the membership form below and mail it, along with your check, to Sara Hunt, 152 Butler Lane, New Canaan, 06840.  You may also bring the form and check to our May or June program!

Let us know of any additions or corrections you may have to your contact information.   Members who have joined since January 1, 2018 do not need to pay dues again until spring 2019.

If you have any questions about membership or know someone who might like to receive Beautification League information, please contact us.

Your membership chairs,
Sara Hunt, skhminky@optonline.net or 203-966-3313
Libby Butterworth, eabutter@gmail.com or 203-801-0862
Joan Hayenga, joanhayenga@gmail.com or 203-722-7137
Margit Mills, margitmills@gmail.com or 312-925-3861
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It's Hanging Basket Time!

Hanging Basket 2017
Our beautiful hanging basket from a previous year.

The prettiest hanging baskets in the town of New Canaan will be the ones YOU helped put together! Get ready to accept the compliments! 

Please join us for the hanging baskets workshop on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 AM at Eileen Boehme's house, at 91 Fox Run Rd. 

 To get to Eileen's house (from East Avenue, CT 106) drive east about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Valley Rd., turn right onto Mariomi Rd., and left onto Fox Run Rd. 91 Fox Run Rd. is on the right.

Bring wire cutters, gloves, pliers and a smile. 

There will be coffee, goodies and a great opportunity for both old and new NCBL members to get to know, and help one another. 
So, come when you can, leave when you must, and many, many thanks!

Ann Brookshire and Eileen Boehme
Hanging Baskets Chairs

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We Are Marching in the Memorial Day Parade!

Americana bunting  
Everyone loves a parade, and we are going to march as the group who Beautifies New Canaan!

Let Robin Bates-Mason know if you'll be joining us by contacting her at rbatesmason@gmail.com by May 3.

Marching Plans:

We will be wearing white pants, a NCBL green t-shirt or other solid color shirt, colorful garden gloves (we have these for you)
and carry a rake that has some silk flowers on it.

Rake Decorating Meeting!

To prepare our rakes, join us for a quick rake decorating meeting on Wednesday May 9 at 10am at Faith Kerchoff's house: 
47 Kelley Green
dark blue rake  

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     If you haven't RSVP'ed for the MAY date Victorian Tea, 
please do so!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Waveny House
11:30 am

Celebrate spring with members and friends!

Have you RSVP'ed to this new date with Gloria Simon yet?  

 If not: e mail or call Gloria at  thesimons4949@gmail.com 
or 203-972-8069 
and let her know what edible you'll be bringing:
2 dozen tea sandwiches, 2 dozed finger desserts, a green salad, deviled eggs, or a fruit salad.  

Also, let Gloria know if you'll be bringing a guest.

See you there!


Centerpieces needed!

  We are looking for members to arrange flowers in a tea pot to bring to the tea for our table centerpieces.

We need a few more volunteers to join those who have volunteered already:
Faith Kerchoff
Barbara Mechanic
Liz Orteig
Betsy Sammarco
tea pot with flowers

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Annual Appeal is Looking Ahead for Volunteers
post vintage mail
Annual Appeal is recruiting volunteers to help with addressing envelopes next fall.  If you already volunteer, thank you, no need to contact me.  We are looking to recruit another 20+ volunteers.  The more volunteers, the less work for all.  We honestly couldn't do it without you.

Email me at rbauersfeld@yahoo.com.

Rose Bauersfeld

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Triangle and Traveling Trowels Volunteers
Save the Date!

  Flower and coffee cup  
Coffee in the Park
A Celebration for our Triangle and Traveling Trowels Volunteers 
 and Town Employees

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
10:00 am
Rain date: June 13
Mead Park Colonnade

more info coming soon

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Waveny Care Center Arranging

Thank you to the following members for volunteering to make the flower arrangements for the Waveny Care Center Dining Hall in June. This certainly brightens the residents' days!

June 4:  Betsy Sammarco
June 11: Liz Orteig
June 18: Betsy Bilus
June 25: Faith Kerchoff

Thank you Bianca Romano for organizing this activity throughout the year!

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Looking for Insurance Help

Are you versed in insurance policies and issues?  NCBL is looking for someone to review our insurance policy and lend some guidance.

If you think you can help, contact Rob Carpenter @ lisarob1996@yahoo.com .


Life returned to Lee Memorial Garden when spring finally arrived, quite late this year.   We have tenants in the brown birdhouse (black capped chickadees), bulbs blooming, and many wildflowers and ground covers.

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Chequered lily  (Fritillaria meleagris) growing among the grape hyacinth.

A sweep of daffodils down Wood Road at Lee Memorial Garden.

This week was a great show of white bloodroot flowers and blue-eyed-Mary.

Blood root
The wildflower bloodroot ( Sanguinaria canadensis) bloomed in April.

Blue-eyed-Mary ( Omphalodes verna ) at Lee Garden.

Photographers, WE NEED YOU TO TAKE PICTURES!  Does anyone want to do a video of the garden, or perhaps a drone flyover?

We will be there to guide and answer questions, and the garden should be in full bloom!

The garden is open dusk to dawn every day -- do enjoy this month as it is the peak of the garden and eleven months in the making!

Much work has been done in the garden:
We have had SLOBS (Service League of Boys) spreading new chips on the trails.   If you have teens or college kids who need projects, we still have more to do.

Two Eagle Scout projects are also unfolding:

Porter Roddy's Eagle Scout project is to remove stones that stick out in the middle of trails in order to keep visitors from  tripping and to allow our carts to move through the paths more easily.

Eagle Scouts removing rock
Removal of the rocks in the pathways will make life easier and safer.

Porter Roddy Eagle Scout project
The Eagle Scout project brought in many volunteers on April 28!

The other is ivy removal from certain areas, so that plants may thrive, and repairing the  stone wall in front of Olive's bench, and to add more signage to paths in the garden.

Our big project:

The new barn is really taking shape.  It is the answer to our needs for working in the garden.  We can't ever thank Peggy Dannemann enough for her dedication to seeing this long project through to completion!  THANK YOU PEGGY! 

Barn April North Side
A view of the north side of the new barn.  The round windows were salvaged from the original George Lee residence.

Also thanks to Gino Lanni and Peter Lanni of New Canaan.  They are great guys and have been wonderful to work with.  The new driveway is also underway.  We will give a shout out when we are ready to work on the immediate 'yard' of the barn, as it needs a lot of work!

Submitted by Faith Kerchoff
Lee Memorial Garden chair
Hanging Baskets are Growing at Valley View Nursery

Here are some previews of the baskets of flowers growing at Valley View Nursery.  They will be delivered to Eileen Boehme's house in May for assembly!

Hanging Baskets in a row
Hanging Baskets close up

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Charlotte Moss Entertains

Our April program held with the New Canaan Garden Club drew in a crowd of at least 160 members.  Charlotte entertained us with her wit as she presented a pictoral of her professional and personal life full of beautiful place settings, decorated rooms, flower arrangements, and color.

A surprise to the audience and to Charlotte herself was having her newest book available for sale on program day, before its official sale date.

Read the New Canaan Advertiser article about the program HERE.

Charlotte Moss speaking
Carol and Charlotte
Carol Seldin gets a book signed by Charlotte Moss.

Sara and Charlotte
Sara Hunt gets a book signed by Charlotte Moss.

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Newest Triangle Volunteer Spruces Things Up!

Country Club and 123

Join us in welcoming our newest triangle volunteer, Sarina Vetterli.
Thanks to Sarina, the Country Club and Route 123 triangle has had its spring  clean-up and looks great!

Thank you Sarina and welcome to NCBL! 

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Did you see us at the Farmers Market?

We attended the Farmers Market to field questions about what we do and who we are.  It was a beautiful day!

Farmers Market Table
Robin Bates-Mason, Libby Butterworth, and Karen Hanson talk to a resident at the Farmers Market April 28.

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Center Bell Triangle

Our Center Bell Triangle was beautiful on opening day of the Farmers Market.  Here are a couple of photos captured that day.

cherry tree
Bartlett Arboretum logo

Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Click HERE for more info.

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The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program

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There are many area gardens open for viewing through The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program.
Click HERE for more information.

"May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  The discussion of philosophy is over;  it's time for work to begin."  Peter Loewer