Birdsong

A Garden Club of America Flower Show, October 3-4



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Birdsong, a Garden Club of America (GCA) sanctioned Flower show, will be presented by The Garden Club of Darien (GCD) at the Darien Community Association (DCA) this fall on October 3 and 4. The show will be free and open to the public. The schedule of events and classes was approved by the national organization this month. It will include a Fairy House tour for children and families in the woodland bird sanctuary of the DCA and a conservation exhibit of the Weed Beach native planting project funded by the GCD from its last flower show, September Serenade, in 2008.

The selection of the theme of the show was influenced by the recent restoration of the bird sanctuary at the DCA. The more than 40 entry classes are open to members from the GCA clubs across the country. There are four divisions – Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography, and Botanical Arts (jewelry) – all of which will reflect the birdsong theme. Proceeds from the show’s preview party, silent auction, and raffle will be used to help repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and improve town beaches and parks. “The Garden Club of Darien is hard at work on production plans for the show and hopes the outcomes will inspire the inner gardeners, conservationists, and designers in our community. The Fairy House exhibit will delight children and adults alike – all will be fascinated with the tiny abodes and their unique construction from natural elements in our backyards,” noted Janet Sargent, current presented of the GCD.

Garden Club of America flower shows have for decades been the premiere venue for members to showcase their talents in floral design, photography, gardening, and other horticultural endeavors. They also bring to their communities current trends in conservation, highlight the philanthropic and beautification projects member clubs have undertaken in their communities and provide educational opportunities for all.

Birdsong will feature an exhibition of the recently completed Weed Beach project at Darien’s seaside park. The new native plantings at the park entrance were planned and donated by the Garden Club of Darien to the community to raise awareness of the environmental importance of native plants.

The show will also feature a self-guided Fairy House tour in the gardens at the DCA, which families are encouraged to attend. Fairy Houses are small structures made of sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones, nuts and other natural materials. They can be small and simple or larger and more ornate—anything that is inspired by the creativity of children and nature lovers. The show is free and open to the public.

The Garden Club of America, a 501c3 organization, celebrates its 100th year in 2013. The GCA, a 501c3 organization, is compromised of 199 member clubs with over 17,500 members in 40 states, whose purpose is to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through programs of conservation, horticulture, civic improvement, and education.

For further information or questions please contact either of the Flower Show Co-chairs, Debbie Bussey 203-667-1585 or Lisa Brickman 203-912-1989.

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