The Norwalk Garden Club supports the creation of backyard habitats for our wildlife, especially during the winter months. Rather than throwing out your holiday greens, make a brush pile in a protected area of your yard to provide shelter for birds and other wildlife. Brush piles provide safe spots for chipmunks, rabbits,hibernating reptiles, amphibians, insects and ground-nesting birds. Leaves (especially shredded ones) help fertilize the soil and protect roots from extreme cold. Provide water that won’t freeze! Our wildlife can expend valuable energy looking for water on extremely cold days. Invest in a quality heater for your birdbath, or have water supplies close to the house and keep them supplied with fresh water.
We are so thankful for the life of Marian Ainsworth and her tireless dedication to the Norwalk Garden Club (member since 1996) and to the City of Norwalk at large through various community projects. No garden chore was too hard, no craft, stitch, cemetery box or wreath was too much of a challenge for dear Marian. She maintained her yard as a natural habitat for birds and monarch butterflies, and donated true asclepias (milkweed) seeds to various organizations to promote habitats for butterflies. The salt of the earth and a wonderful teacher, she will be missed.
Connecticut’s Beekeeping expert Winthrop Baum of Backyard Beekeepers Association was our April guest speaker! He enlightened us with amazing facts about honeybees! Did you know that honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination?
In May, we will have our annual planting of the Norwalk Green with geraniums and ageratums in preparation for the Memorial Day Parade.
As we prepare for spring, the Garden Club is hosting landscape designer Kathleen Connolly to discuss “Foundation Gardens: Hidden Assets in the Landscape”. The public is welcome to join us
Wednesday, March 9, 1:30, at the Gallaher Mansion in Cranbury Park to hear Kathy provide ways to improve the appearance of gardens that border our homes.
Due to icy conditions at Gallaher Mansion and snow predicted for Wednesday morning, the February meeting has been cancelled. Like Punxsutawney Phil, we look forward to an early spring!
Join us at 1:30 to hear Jeff Eleveld discuss indoor plants that remove toxins from the air. Jeff is a Certified Horticulture Therapist, a bonsai enthusiast and plant collector with over 300 plants in his personal collection. He has written articles for the Hartford Courant, The Green Thumb Print, and Knox Park Foundation. He provides horticulture workshops to over 1250 people each month in assisted living, senior centers, skilled nursing homes, libraries, garden clubs, and hospitals across CT, Mass, RI, and Eastern New York.
Thanks to all who visited our Christmas Fair! It was wonderful to see you, and we truly appreciate your patronage. Preparations are now underway for our December 2016 Craft Fair! We hope you had a Merry Christmas and best wishes in this New Year.