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Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to...
Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

If you have an herb garden you know what a great pleasure it is to have access to your own home-grown herbs — ones that are exactly to your taste, rather than a generic supermarket blend. Drying or freezing some of your herbs can give you that pleasure year-round. Along with the taste advantage, your...
Community gardens: A growing summer activity

Community gardens: A growing summer activity

If you’re looking for a great summer activity, whether it’s fun for the whole family or a way to meet awesome new people, the hottest trend in gardening may be perfect for you. Community gardens have recently taken off in popularity. As the perfect fun and affordable way (you’ll save bundles on fruits and vegetables!)...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Getting the yard ready for summer

Getting the yard ready for summer

Just because the old dead leaves have been raked and the garden hoses positioned does not mean that a yard is ready for summer. Spring clean-up is one thing, but spring preparations for summer is something else entirely. First rule of thumb is to make sure your tools and equipment are in good order. When...
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale set for this weekend

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale set for this weekend

The 2014 Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, will offer its greatest selection of seed-grown heirloom vegetables, annuals and perennials to date; as well as  perennial varieties making their plant sale debut, ornamental edibles, herbs, proven winners from club members’ gardens, a wide range of annuals, perennials, and herbs for varied garden types and cultural conditions, and Master Gardeners...
Plant yourself!

Plant yourself!

I’m what you might call the armchair quarterback of gardening: Instead of sitting back and re-constructing football gameplays, I second-guess the HGTV garden show players. After watching their shows, it’s fun to imagine how my own garden could look — if I had a garden, that is. I’ve never been too successful in the growing...
Beyond the garden gate

Beyond the garden gate

Beyond the Garden Gate, the fifth annual home garden tour co-sponsored by the Lewisboro Land Trust and the Lewisboro Garden Club, will be held rain or shine on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the after party commencing at 3:30. The $35 tour fee will be reduced to $30 if preregistering...
Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother's Day weekend

Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend

Heralding the spring gardening season, the annual Plant Sale at Ballard Greenhouse, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs, will take place May 9 – 10 (Fri. and Sat.), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard Greenhouse (rain or shine). Among the plant sale’s extensive array of offerings are perennials, annuals, herbs,...
New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

The New Canaan Garden Club is once again holding its Spring Tree and Shrub Sale. Orders being taken March 20 – April 20. The organization is offering two trees and two shrubs chosen to appeal to a wide range of gardening interests. All proceeds will be used for civic improvements in New Canaan. The Stewartia...
The color purple

The color purple

When most people hear the term “wine-making,” they generally think of Napa Valley, Italy or France. Surprisingly, however, Connecticut is also hospitable to the process. Though the climate affects the varietals that grow best and Connecticut grapes don’t attain quite the sweetness that more southern varietals can, commercial vineyards here keep increasing — and so...
Protect your winter landscape from hungry wildlife


Protect your winter landscape from hungry wildlife


There’s no doubt that managing critters in the landscape can be a challenge especially as food supplies start to dwindle. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don’t let down your guard as the growing season begins to wind down. Be proactive. Start before they get into the habit of dining...
Birdsong, a Garden Club of America Flower Show

Birdsong, a Garden Club of America Flower Show

On Oct. 3 and 4, the Garden Club of Darien’s Birdsong flower show will transform the Darien Community Association (DCA), at 274 Middlesex Rd., into a delightful spectacle of all that grows around us. In celebration of the newly refurbished bird sanctuary, the show will feature floral and other displays for all ages as the...
Birdsong: Fairy Houses

Birdsong: Fairy Houses

  Included in this year’s Garden Club of America sanctioned Birdsong Flower Show on Oct. 3-4 will be an outdoor exhibit of fairy houses at the Darien Community Association (DCA), 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. What exactly is a fairy house? It’s an enchanting creation made of sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine...