Garden Club of Darien


C Change Essay

Aquaculture Presentation

Plastic Stats

GCA position paper on waste management

Glyphosate - Health Risks

Questions for your Landscaper

Some of the Consequences of using Pesticides

Doug Tallamy at the Library March 7, 2019

10 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

Healthy Yard Pledge

Wildflowers and Bees


Helpful Links:

Darien's Food Scrap Recycling Guide

Rain Barrel Information


Uses for Vinegar



We are delighted to be heading up the Conservation Committee this year when there is so much interest in all matters conservation-related!

BYO Darien

Our Club has recently voted to support BYO Darien, a group working to reduce the use of plastic in Darien. The group is starting with an effort to pass an ordinance that would phase out plastic and non-recycled paper bags in town and would require that businesses charge 10 cents for each recycled paper bag. The idea is to encourage people to bring their own bags when shopping. BYO Darien has undertaken a town-wide educational awareness program with schools, businesses and not-for-profits to ensure a common understanding of the problems associated with plastic and to promote a solution that works for everyone. Please see for more details. On this page, we have included downloads related to the problems of plastic and ways in which you can reduce your plastic consumption as well as a download of the GCA position paper on Waste Management which, among other things, seeks to: “Limit​ ​one-use​ ​plastics​ ​and​ ​single​ ​use​ ​disposable​ ​bags​ ​through​ ​community​ ​education​ ​and​ ​legislation”.

The Public Works Committee of the RTM is holding a public hearing on Wednesday February 6, 2019 at the Town Hall Auditorium. The purpose of the hearing is to gauge the level of public support for BYO Darien’s proposed ordinance. Please come show your support and if you would like to speak in support, please let Juliet know so that she can make sure you are on the list of speakers.

Darien Pollinator Pathway

Another Club-supported project is the Darien Pollinator Pathway. The Pollinator Pathway is an effort to create pesticide-free and pollinator-friendly landscapes using native plants. Many towns have established, or are in the process of establishing, their Pathways. The idea is to have the Pathways of neighboring towns connect to each other. Given that Darien has a coastline and is neighbors with Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan, our Pathway is planned to cover the whole of the town! You can become a participant in the Pathway by agreeing not to use pesticides (see the reasons why this makes sense for you and your family in the Downloads on this page), and to plant at least one native plant in your yard. Once you sign the pledge, you can buy a yard sign proclaiming that your property is on the Pathway!

Save the date - March 7, 2019 - for our next event, a talk at the Library by Doug Tallamy - Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. See the poster on this page for details.

For more information about the Pollinator Pathway or to sign the pledge online, please visit The GCA is also asking members to take a pledge! See “The Healthy Yard” on this page and take the Healthy Yard Pledge on the GCA website at conservation.

Don’t forget what Dr. Paul Cox told us in September at the showing of Toxic Puzzle: “We have proven a link between the health of the environment and human health. This is not a theory, this is fact."

Juliet Cain and Leslie McCarthy




2013 Conservation Initiative

The GCD Conservation Committee lead our club’s GCA Centennial Tree Project and used the money we raised from the Birdsong Flower Show to enhance the plantings at Weed Beach. This was part of the town's $3 million renovation of Weed Beach, one of our most beautiful public spaces. We combined these two projects and planted the entranceway to Weed Beach which includes the gatehouse, the sign and the rise on the right of the entranceway. This project was in the planning for over three years

Click on this link to download the Weed Beach plant list.

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