From each spring into fall, New Canaan Beautification members redesign, plant and maintain 34 roadway triangles and civic areas throughout the town. Members also plant and maintain the new hanging baskets found throughout in the downtown area during the summer months. In addition, the NC Beautification plants and maintains other prominent areas in New Canaan, including the Train Station, the God's Acre monument, the Vine Cottage, the Center School Bell area and the Morse Court parking area.
Triangles Members and interested neighbors "adopt" a triangle annually and make sure that their triangle is well maintained throughout the year. Each spring, volunteers coordinate what plant materials would enhance the triangles, from the planting of spring bulbs, the addition of annuals for summer color to any necessary refurbishment of hardy plants and perennials. During the summer of 2014 NCBL designed and planted the large roadway triangle at the corner of Oenoke Ridge and Lambert Road. The New Canaan Beautification League pays for the landscape designs, all plant materials, their installation and any other maintenance needed. For a complete listing of triangles click here. To see a map of the triangles click here.
Hanging Baskets Since the summer of 2009 the New Canaan Beautification League has provided hanging baskets throughout the downtown area. The summer of 2014 saw the number of baskets increase to 143 and now we will have over 220! A remarkable achievement.
Town Holiday Decorations At the beginning of the holiday season, our Holiday Decorations Co-Chairs gather greens, ribbons and tools and our members join in to make decorations and decorate Town Hall, the police and railroad stations and the band stand in God's Acre.
Flower Arranging The Beautification League provides floral arrangements weekly at Waveny Care Center for two months each year and for all of our meetings. Under the leadership of our Flower Arranging co-chairs, flowers are purchased, arranged and distributed.
One-time Major Projects One-time major beautification projects the NCBL has financed are:
Re-landscaping of the train station, including the installation of an irrigation system
The South Avenue Tree Project where over 60 deciduous trees were planted from Elm Street to Bank Street along South Avenue
Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School gardens and entrance areas were planted and re-landscaped
Groupings of Magnolias, River Birch and Kousa Dogwood trees were planted at Saxe Middle School
In coordination with the town, the Allée from Elm Street to the parking area and Teen Center near the movie theater was redesigned and landscaped
Spring bulb plantings along South Avenue
Financed the landscaping at Lapham Community Center
Other civic landscaping projects that the Beautification League has provided include monies and means for are: the plantings around Wayside Cross at God's Acre; the Gold Star Walk in Mead Park; and landscaping the exteriors of the New Canaan Library, the Carriage Barn at Waveny Park and the School House Apartments.
"Volunteers Making New Canaan Beautiful"