NCHS Memorial Garden Planting and Cleanup
September 19th
(raindate Sept 20th) 
Approx. 2:45 pm
NCHS front garden
September 25th-26th
Friday 5 - 8pm
Saturday noon - 8pm
New Canaan Historical Society
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Autumn Luncheon
October 7th
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Woodway Country Club
November Meeting & Program
November 4th
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Flower Arranging 101 Workshop
November 9th
10:00 - noon
Waveny House
Holiday Greens Workshop
December 3rd
8:30 am - noon
A Letter From Our Presidents

Welcome back everybody. We hope that everyone had a good relaxing summer. The NCBL has been very busy over the summer. The grounds of the new side entry of Town Hall have been planted, and the two large entrance planters were filled with beautiful flowers that have been winning rave reviews.

Carol Seldin and her landscape
designer, Heather O'Neill (Second Nature Landscape Design), are responsible for the combination of plants including Calocasia, Million Bells, Lantana, Millet Grass, Sweet Potato Vine and Cardoon. Yvonne HunkelerFaith Kerchoff, and Kathy Lapolla, filled the four stone planters in front of the old entrance to Town Hall with Caladium, Scaveola and New Guinea Impatiens, which seem to replicate the design on the stone planters.

Peggy Dannemann has been doing double duty as treasurer until September (when Yvonne Hunkeler succeeds her) and as vice president of civic beautification. She is overseeing the demolition of Lee House, complete with asbestos abatement in one room, and the planning of a new shed/bathroom above the old garage.

Program Chairs Amy Reid and Carol Seldin got off to a running start on programs this June, scheduling the whole year's events by September.

Publicity chair Karen Mactas's article about our summer brunch at Mead Park was published both in the New Canaanite and The New Canaan Advertiser. Pictures were taken by Ceci Murray. The brunch was organized by Faith Kerchoff and Triangle Volunteers, led by Kathy Lapolla and Tracy Phillips, and Hospitality ladies Joan Hayenga and Eva Wingate. About 30 people - NCBL members and guests from Public Works and Town had a great time socializing.  And it didn't rain! 
Newsletter editor Betsy Sammarco has wowed us with her energy and graphics ideas for keeping us in "Constant Contact". We thank her for this issue and for the many "blasts" that also keep us in constant contact. 
Liz Orteig and the Traveling Trowels were very busy trying to keep the weeds at bay at the post office boxes and railroad station, Town Hall, Vine Cottage, and at Saxe Middle School. Triangle volunteers were diligently weeding our 29 triangles all over New Canaan.
Hanging Basket/Planter Chairs, Eileen Boehme, Libby Butterworth, and Sara Hunt watched their beautiful baskets become fuller and more luscious and fretted about what the sun was doing to the flowers on those hot summer days, but thanks to Walt Jaykus, Jr. from the Public Works Department, the baskets are thriving. With the help of the Traveling Trowels, they pruned the spreading potato vines in the planters on Elm and Pine.

Bianca Romano, Flower Arranging Chair, is busy planning arrangements for our lunch, and also getting sign-ups for people to do flower arrangements for Waveny Care Center. If you ever wanted to bring cheer to the people at Waveny, this is a great way to do so. She can pair you with an experienced person who can show you the ropes. Just contact Bianca.

Membership Chairs Becky BarlowValerie Monaghan, and Susan Smith are planning the new directory and also encouraging all to get their dues in. It's not too late. If you have a friend, or new neighbor, invite them to join the NCBL. With increased membership we can accomplish even more!

By buying tickets for the Rotary's Lobsterfest on Sept. 25 & 26, you can be raising funds for the NCBL! We get a portion of our ticket sales, see Sara Hunt for tickets.

Reserve your seat today for our fall luncheon (arranged by Gloria Simon) that will be held at Woodway Country Club on October 7. Our speaker Larry Weaner will deliver a talk on " Wildlife Meadows. " Enjoy this wonderful program and see everyone again after the summer.

Faith and Sara

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October 7th at 11:30 am
Woodway Country Club 

Featured Guest Speaker: Larry Weaner

Larry Weaner has a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of garden design. He has over 30 years of landscape design and installation experience, and has received numerous awards for his work including the Landscape Design Award from the New England Wildflower Society for use of native plants in "exceptional and distinctive landscape compositions." Mr. Weaner will speak to us on native wildflower meadows.  

$36 per person
Please indicate your choice of chicken or fish.
Checks and RSVP must be received by October 1st.

RSVP with email or check to:
Gloria Simon 143 Butler Lane
New Canaan, CT 06840

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Flower Arranging  
Volunteers Needed! 
We are looking for help with the flower arrangements for our upcoming luncheon.  If you'd like to help, contact Bianca at:
We have our volunteers for the September flower arrangements at Waveny Care Center. A big thank you to: 

Sept  7 or 8: Faith and Bianca
Sept  14: Chris Pinney
Sept  21: Liz Orteig
Sept  28: Judy Gilroy and Yvonne Hunkeler

Would you like to volunteer for October?  Unsure what it's all about?  Read our Waveny Flower Arrangement instructions HERE .

To volunteer in October, please contact Bianca at:

For those of you that have plentiful gardens and wish to contribute, please let Bianca know.

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Traveling Trowels Wants Your Email!

NCBL Traveling Trowels
Traveling Trowels weeding at Saxe entrance garden

Ever wanted to pitch in and help with plantings?

Many hands make light work...and it's fun! If you would like to get the Traveling Trowels emails, notifying you when and where help is needed, just send an email to Liz Orteig at There is no commitment when the emails come to your inbox. If your schedule allows, just email Liz back!

This year, we were at the post office drop box area several times, the train station, and more.

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Town Triangles

The New Center Bell Triangle

All our triangles are spectacular this season in spite of challenging conditions.  It seems like a lack of rain may have encouraged weeds to flourish.  NCBL volunteers however, are never daunted by a small set back.  We roll up our T-shirt sleeves and get the job done.
This fall, consider adding bulbs to your triangle for spring show, and let us know your needs for fall clean-up. There is more summer left to enjoy so we'll address overall triangle needs in early fall. Tracy and I will keep you informed about leaf disposal.
We hope you noticed the wonderful triangle at Carter Street and Route 123, which is maintained by Faith Kerchoff and Bianco Romano. The new planting at the Center Bell triangle looks wonderful thanks to Betsy Bilus, Yvonne Hunkler, and Susan Weatherly.
The number of people who stop to say thank you is an indication that your efforts to make New Canaan beautiful are recognized and appreciated. 

Kathy and Tracy
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Lee Garden

Lee Garden Gardener photo
Lee Garden photo by William Gardener

The above photo was taken by William Gardener, a visitor to Lee Garden, who likes to take photos there.

Lee Garden is magical.  It 'grows on you', as the volunteers find.

In July an orange azalea (probably an Ilam or Exbury summer bloomer) was in full bloom by the seating area to greet us!

We nurture plants, pull away the overgrown Baltic ivy, water, transplant ground covers that are spreading into the walkways, and generally look after all the azaleas and rhododendrons.
We learn a lot about New England gardens ... if that interests you, contact one of the Lee Garden chairs. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are workdays there, but other times are okay too. Soon we will be clearing and pruning areas that were around the house and cutting Ilex hedges, so that we can see the garden from the patios as George originally intended.
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Kathy, Faith, and Yvonne
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Welcome our new member!

New members bring new friends, new "weeders" and new gardening ideas! Please welcome Judy to our organization and we look forward to having her join our group.

Judith Gilroy
90 Locust Avenue

Do you have a friend or neighbor who might like to join us? Just send us their name, address, and phone or email.  We'll be happy to send them membership information.

Becky Barlow at
Valerie Monaghan
Susan Smith
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                                          (a new monthly NCBL newsletter column)

Have you ever wondered why there are so few naturally occurring blue flowers?   Less than 10% of the 280,000 species of flowering plants produce blue flowers.  The color of flowers come mainly from pigments called anthocyanins that are decided upon in the hereditary genome of the plant. Chlorophyll, the most well-known of these pigments, provides the green in plants.

There is no true blue pigment in plants so the color did not develop as a common color in plants.  The key ingredients for making blue flowers are the red anthocyanin pigments. "Plants tweak, or modify, the red anthocyanin pigments to make blue flowers, through a variety of modifications involving pH shifts and mixing pigments, molecules and ions. These complicated alterations, combined with reflected light through the pigments, create the color blue" as seen in delphiniums, plumbago, bluebells, and hydrangeas, dayflowers, morning glories and cornflowers.    


Horticulturalist and chemists have used dyes, pigment implantation and changing pH levels to try to change the colors in flowers, but it is has been a difficult task.  Kermit the Frog says 'It's not easy being green," but it is even tougher to be blue.

Based on comments by David Lee, biological scientist and author of Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color in an article called The Science of Blue Flowers by Tom Oder.

You can read more HERE.

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NC High School Memorial Garden
Planting & Clean-up

The NCHS Service League of Boys (SLOBs), assisted by the NCBL, will be planting mums and cleaning up the Memorial Garden at the entrance of the High School at approximately 2:45 pm on Saturday September 19th (rain date, Sunday September 20th).  The Memorial Garden was planted by the NCBL in 2002.  Come join us!
Bring a trowel and garden gloves.

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Lobsterfest Flower Power
save the date:
Sept. 25 & 26, 2015

Enjoy a lobster dinner
and earn $$ for Beautification!

It's that simple!
$15.00 of every ticket we sell
comes back to NCBL for

Rotary Club of New Canaan Annual Lobsterfest
Sept. 25 & 26    Under the Tent
at the New Canaan Historical Society
Tickets: $35.00* ($40 at the door)  Fri. 5-8pm / Sat. 12-8pm

Event Details:
1 1/4 lb. lobster and butter, corn on the cob, coleslaw, roll, beverage, dessert.
Chicken dinner available. Wine & beer for sale.
Kids Meal: hot dog, chips, drink.
Entertainment. Eat under the tent or "To Go for Home".
How can I get tickets? Sara Hunt at 203-966-3313

Make checks out to Rotary Club of New Canaan,
mail to Sara Hunt, 152 Butler Lane, New Canaan, CT. 06840
or email: -- tickets can be delivered!

Our group also provides mum centerpieces that will then be planted around town.

Our goal is to sell 100 tickets. How many can you sell?
Join the FUN!

Download the Lobster Fest Flower Power Flier HERE.

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New Canaan Town Hall planter
Beautiful planter at the Town Hall original front entrance.