Our annual fair is fast approaching; we have a new location: St. Jerome’s Church, with ample parking close to the entrance! Samples of crafts are showing on the scroll bar above. We will also have a CAFE open for coffee and treats. Please join us!
June: Annual Luncheon, Senior Center Garden planted, Student Scholarship awards, visit Untemeyer Gardens, STAR workshop
May: Annual Plant Sale, Planting the Norwalk Green in time for Memorial Day
“Where Bulbs Shine –On and On” is the second of our two spring programs. Speaker Karen Bussolini, a nationally known garden photographer with 6 books to her credit, a writer, speaker, and eco-friendly garden coach, will discuss integrating bulbs into the designed landscape that will last and increase. Ms. Bussolini will share with us the array of bulbs she has come to depend on, which come up every spring with little to no effort, bloom their heads off and disappear without much fuss to make room for successive plantings. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00p.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Reservations are required. Contact program chairperson at email@example.com
“Planting Design with Climate Change in Mind” is the first of our two spring programs presented for the community. Speaker Christine Darnell, who operates a landscape and garden design company, will discuss how the home gardener can make suitable choices of plants that take into account our changing climate and support pollinators and wildlife. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Reservations are required. Contact program chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program serves to underscore the need to support work in our community to improve our natural environment and quality of life. Recently, the Norwalk Garden Club added the Environmental Concerns Committee to its list of standing committees. The committee will network with other like-minded groups on environmental protection, conservation, preservation, and education efforts.
Despite the heavy rains and high winds, we had a great turn out for the annual craft fair on Dec. 3rd. Thanks to everyone for their support. We hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Held Saturday, May 14th: We had a wonderful selection of plants, garden decor & seeds. We were able to donate $200 to the World Central Kitchen from our raffle basket proceeds. In case you missed it, please plan to attend next year!
Location – parking lot at corner of E Wall & Park Streets – adjacent to the Norwalk Green
“Rhythm and Blooms” is the theme for the 40th annual flower and garden show at the Convention Center in Hartford: February 24-27. The show features stunning floral designs, wonderful ideas and information for garden lovers, as well as seminars on native plants, pollinators, vegetable gardening and more! Please try to attend
We welcomed 2 guest speakers: Jim Carter, long-time member of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT), and Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA). They told us about the sections of the NRVT/NRWA including the area at Broad Street & Deering Pond (Norwalk) which is being cleared. The NRVT mission is to build and maintain a 30 mile multi-use trail from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk up to Rogers Park in Danbury. Meeting: 12-noon, outdoor pavilion at Cranbury Park. Public welcome – masks optional (outside & socially distanced).
Congratulations Rosanne, our past president, who received an award October 2020 from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut for her work on our Star Program. “It was a total surprise to me. It has my name on it but actually belongs to all the STAR volunteers who were committed and creative and brought joy to our participants. Hope we can get this started up again at some point in time.” For over 3 years the Norwalk Garden Club has worked with STAR participants on gardening, nature and craft projects.
- Set out cool-weather vegetable transplants, including salad greens, broccoli, kale and cabbage. Continue to harvest available vegetable to stretch their season.
- Sow seeds of fall veggies and annuals
- Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley)
- Plant garlic and leeks
- Plant winter pansies and fall annuals (calendula, dianthus, ornamental cabbage and kale)
- Plant tag teams of perennials and spring-blooming bulbs that will complement each other or bloom in sequence next season. Divide & transplant bearded iris.
- As tops die back, harvest potatoes, onions and garlic
- Plant peonies
- Plant fall-blooming bulbs to brighten up fading window boxes, planters and in drifts among ornamental grasses
- Continue to harvest herbs, grasses and flowers for drying
- Sprinkle compost starter to speed up composting for fall soil building
- Prune summer-blooming shrubs (hydrangea, clethra, caryopteris) after flowers finish
Source: Backyard Gardener