2019-2020 Program Schedule

General meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month, unless noted. Start time is usually 9:30AM for socializing, meeting and programs to follow at 10AM and most events to be held at New Canaan Nature Center.  Please see descriptions of programs below for exceptions.


Thursday, October 3, 2019:   Autumn Luncheon - 'The Basics of Butterfly Gardening'  Jane Hurwitz is editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine and former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association. She is the author of Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide.

Book sale and signing. (Advance reservation and fee required)

Location: Woodway Country Club, Darien, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: "The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand"  A stunning film, produced  by six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans on the  life and career of America's first female landscape architect, features many of Farrand’s  best-known landscape masterpieces, including Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden (New York Botanical Garden), Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Garden (Seal Harbor, Maine), and Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.).   

Location:  New Canaan Library, 9:30-11:30AM.               


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Annual Appeal Envelope "Stuffing" Party  Let's gather to socialize, snack, and stuff!          

Location: Lapham Community Center, 9:30AM - 2:00pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2019Annual Holiday Wreaths and Greens Workshop  Calling all members to help create the one-of-a-kind wreaths to adorn our public buildings.  Please bring clippers. This is a shared event with New Canaan Garden Club.                             

Location: New Canaan Nature Center, 8:30AM - noon.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020: "The Art of Floral Design" Karen Legan, founder and owner of the innovative Wilton floral design firm, Lemon Dahlia, presents the world of floral design and how she creates her natural arrangements for everything from a simple wildflower bouquet, to an outdoor bridal swing or a floral wreath!  

Location:  New Canaan Nature Center, 9:30 – 11:30AM. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020:  Annual Victorian Tea. Our annual mid-winter social event is always a special treat for NCBL members and their guests!

Location:  Waveny House, 11:30AM - 2:00PM.. 


Wednesday, March 4, 2020:  “Jazzing up the Garden with Color, Contrast & Movement” Garden photographer and writer, Karen Bussolini gives gardeners intuitive ways of thinking about personally satisfying plant combinations. 

Location: New Canaan Nature Center, 9:30-11:30AM. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020:  Postponed Flower Arranging Workshop 101  Jacqueline Harmody and Ty Tan teach fellow members the steps to creating splendid floral arrangements for all occasions. 

Bring flowers,vase and clippers.  

Location: Waveny House, 10:00-11:30AM. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Cancelled "The Cocktail Hour Garden".

C.L. Fornari, Cape Cod based author and garden designer, inspires us to create landscapes for relaxation, entertaining and connecting with the natural world around us.  Cheers!

Hors d’oeuvres and wine followed by program

Location: New Canaan Library, Adrian Lamb Room, 6:00-8:00PM.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020: “Connecticut’s Historic Gardens” Laurie Masciandaro, Site Manager of Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, highlights fifteen distinctive historic gardens, all within Connecticut’s borders.  She offers, The Garden Tourist by Jana Milbocker, a perfect companion for seasonal garden tours in our state. Books available for sale. 

Location:  New Canaan Nature Center, 9:30–11:30AM. 


Sunday, May 17, 2020: “Lee Garden Azalea Festival” See the breathtaking display of azaleas in bloom.  Bring your friends, family and camera! 

Location: Olive and George Lee Memorial Garden, ​

89 Chichester Road, New Canaan, 1PM - 4PM.


Wednesday: June 3, 2020:  Members Annual Meeting - “Digging Deep with NCBL”
Faith Kerchoff, Ty Tan, and Rob Carpenter provide exciting updates on recent NCBL projects.  A special tour of Rob Carpenter’s delightful garden at 133 Buttery Road follows the program.   Members only (voting).

Location:  New Canaan Nature Center, 9:30-11:30am



Program Chairs are Carol Seldin, Gerda Smith, Jolley Frank, and Nancy Malling.

Monthly meetings open to the public and free of charge unless announced otherwise in the monthly newsletter or website. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

When New Canaan Public Schools have a cancellation, programs will be cancelled. When New Canaan Public Schools have a delayed opening, programs will be held at the scheduled time listed above.

More information is available in the monthly newsletter. Your program ideas are welcome!