Dear New Canaan Beautification League Members and Friends,
The last six months have been dramatically different and exceptionally challenging for all of us in many ways. Exceptional circumstances call for creative thinking and alternative approaches as activities have been limited. And you know what? Gardening has reached new and unimagined levels of popularity!
Thanks to the enthusiasm, ingenuity and determination of our amazing members, Beautification League projects are flourishing and blooming as robustly as ever! What can be more satisfying than nurturing a garden? Out in the fresh air, weeding and tilling, planting and pruning, raking and mulching - it's all great exercise!
Hanging Baskets: Our community really needed to see those joyfully bright petunias more than ever! Bianca Romano keeps them looking healthy no matter what the weather.
Mead Park: Tree planting for the Gold Star Walk - weeding, pruning, mulching. Designed and installed pollinator-friendly garden by bridge and landscaping for patio. Yes, masked gardening by many can be a fun, social-distancing activity! Led by Faith Kerchoff and Rob Carpenter.
Triangles: Maintained by many skilled volunteers. Passersby stop to admire and offer thanks.
Lee Garden: Oh, such a magnificent display of azaleas and rhododendron this Spring! New Canaan High School SLOBS will continue to help with numerous chores.
Morse Court: Tree plantings designed by Barbara Wilson will bloom abundantly next spring!
Zoom Meetings: We will conduct our program meetings using Zoom for now, so get comfortable with your technology. Thank you, Patricia Spugani for hosting. (See newsletter for details.)
Programs: The Programs Committee, chaired by Kirsten Gregorio, has arranged an exciting roster of speakers for our monthly Zoom meetings.
Membership: Sara Hunt says we have now have a record-breaking 170+ members. We look forward to getting to know our new members. Welcome!
This weekend, our talented Peggy Dannemann will be making the rounds of several members' gardens to forage and cut flowers for a friend's backyard family wedding. What can be more lovely than knowing that the plants you have tended will provide natural beauty for the union of young love and lives? Gardens are for sharing. We all look forward to your pictures, Peggy!
We are honored to serve as your new co-Presidents and we look forward to communicating with all of you. Please read each newsletter carefully to stay informed. We always welcome your calls and emails on all matters NCBL.
Karen Hanson & Carol Seldin