Gardening
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...
Birdsong: Community

Birdsong: Community

When the Cherry Lawn School in Darien was forced to close its doors in 1972, the town invited many local organizations to brainstorm ideas as to what to do with the 28 acres. The enthusiastic women of the Garden Club of Darien had surveyed the property and noted the plethora of rare and handsome trees...
Birdsong: Native plantings help renovate Weed Beach

Birdsong: Native plantings help renovate Weed Beach

“Deciduous, spreading tree or shrub. In midspring has flowers that are magenta in bud, opening to pale pink, before heart shaped, reddish purple leaves appear. Grows to about 30 feet.” That’s the description of the eastern redbud or Cerci Canadensis tree from the Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers by the American Horticultural Society. A somewhat...
Birdsong: Terrariums, Life under glass

Birdsong: Terrariums, Life under glass

Terrariums, those lovely diminutive gardens under glass, have become an increasingly popular and delightful way for plant growers to create small gardenscapes and environments that are practically maintenance free. Either in a glass jar with a top, a cloche on a plate or a glass vessel with a smaller opening at the top (large enough...
Extend the harvest this season

Extend the harvest this season

Didn’t get enough gardening in this season? Don’t worry there is still time to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs this fall and winter. Purchase transplants and seeds that will grow and flourish in the cooler fall and winter temperatures. Lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, root vegetables, edible pansies and calendula as well as cole crops, like...
Fall Gardening Expo at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Fall Gardening Expo at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Where/When: Saturday, September 28, 437 North St. Greenwich; Novices welcome! Free Lectures: 10:00 am: Dig, Drop, Done! Plant your spring flowering bulbs now. Planting spring flowering bulbs is an easy and fun activity that results in a gorgeous show just after the snow retreats. Learn the fundamentals of bulb planting and all the tips and...
Grow pumpkins at home

Grow pumpkins at home

Year after year, families make the trek to farm stands and nurseries in rural areas to purchase pumpkins. There among the vines and soil, each person is on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to turn into pie or to carve into a gap-toothed jack-o’-lantern. But what if you only had to venture as far...