Upcycled Yard Clippings and a Can-Do Attitude: How to Make the Holidays Happen in New Canaan [VIDEO]

It would be undoubtedly easy to order our town’s holiday decorations from a big box store or, gasp, the Internet. Surely there’s an iPhone app somewhere where one can pick a look, pay through the nose for rush installation, and find oneself walking through a ready-made winter wonderland. Santa in an Uber, and all that. 

But isn’t it reassuring to know that New Canaan will never do it that way? 

In early December, for the past five decades, the New Canaan Beautification League and the New Canaan Garden Club have partnered to hold our town’s Holiday Greens Workshop at the Nature Center. Several dozen volunteers from both clubs make many of our town’s holiday decorations from scratch, upcycling pruned branches and clippings into the extra-large bespoke wreaths you’ll spot on our town’s municipal buildings throughout December. Trees and shrubs like white pine, holly, ilex, juniper, and spruce can benefit from pruning at this time of year, so generous members, private tree services, and our town’s Parks department gather and donate a bounty that befits New Canaan’s holiday spirit.

Beech Leaf Disease – What We Know About the Impact to Our Trees

Dr. Robert Marra of CT Agricultural Experiment Station will present on this topic. Sponsored by New Canaan Beautification League, New Canaan Conservation Commission, New Canaan Land Trust, Plant New Canaan, Aspetuck Land Trust, Darien Land Trust, Greenwich Land Trust, Norwalk Land Trust, Stamford Land Trust, and Wilton Land Conservation Trust. This webinar is free and open to the public. To register, go to newcanaanbeautification.org

Welcome Home George Washington: Mount Vernon’s Gardens

Welcome Home George Washington: Mount Vernon’s Gardens” Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon, will present an entertaining look at the gardening world of the first U.S. President. He will explore the beauty, use and importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape, as well as the preservation efforts and the recently restored pleasure garden. Two books, The General in the Garden and Dining with the Washingtons, will be available at Elm Street Books. To register, go to: newcanaanbeautification.org