Living in the Garden

By Susan Bergen
IMG 4764I spend a bit of time every day observing my garden and the natural woods surrounding my home. While I started out focusing on flowers and greenery, I soon realized that plants were only half the story. Gardens are complex living habitats where plants and all manner of creatures form mutual dependencies.
I photograph what I see at ground level - up close and personal, so to speak - then I research each subject to gain a better understanding of how our ecosystems work.
Below is a collection of essays which I have recently published in our club’s newsletter. Click on the link to read.

New Canaan in Bloom a big success!

IMG 2899 BenefitIMG 2928 FrancosIMG 2919 Consider The CookIMG 2896 J CrewThe Town of New Canaan was awash with beautifully creative flower arrangements over the weekend of October 7th – 9th, 2016 to celebrate the fourth New Canaan In Bloom event! Twenty nine stores up and down Elm Street welcomed 52 members of the New Canaan Garden to beautify their store windows,showcase artistic floral design ideas, and to say 'thank you' to our wonderful community. 

The New Canaan In Bloom weekend festivities were kicked off with a Friday evening Preview Party at the lovely home of Tracy and Joe Merrill where 18 silent auction items were sold to help raise abundant funds for our newest endeavor, restoration of the parterre gardens at Waveny House, in partnership with the Waveny Park Conservancy.

Thank you to our vital membership for their contributions of time, talent and treasure, to our newest members and provisionals who spearheaded New Canaan In Bloom this year and to the participating stores that opened their windows to our creative designs: Benefit, Brad & Vandy Reh Fine Jewelers, Consider the Cook, Country Designs, Design Solutions, Dorothy Mann, Ella & Henry's, Elm Street Books, Family Britches, Found, Francos Wine Merchants, Gingerbitz, Hamptonite NY, J. Crew, Jade Activelifestyle, Lyn Evans, Manfredi Jewels, More 'n' More, New Canaan Olive Oil, Pennyweights, Pimlico, Sara Campbell, Scout & Molly's, Shoes 'n' More, Soleil Toile, Togs, Vineyard Vines, Walin & Wolff, and The Whitney Shop.

New Brochure for Irwin Park

FullSizeRenderS. Bergen IPThe revised 2016 Irwin Park brochure is a work in progress. This is the latest update. Hope you will visit soon and often and bring family, friends and your cameras. Fall is a particularly beautiful time of the year.

Waveny Walled Garden

Members were hard at work last week dividing and transplanting at the Waveny Walled Garden. Thank you to everyone for their time and effort to make this civic project a town treasure!

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