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




It was a great year for Conservation! So much of what we have accomplished - and continue to work on – is in the news almost daily!! GCD is making a difference!

BYO Darien

At the start of the year, our Club voted to support BYO Darien, a group working to reduce the use of plastic in Darien. The group started 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 undertook 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.

On Monday June 10, the night before GCD’s Annual Meeting, the RTM voted 86-2 (with 2 abstentions) in favor of our Ordinance! What a victory and what a credit to GCD for its support! Thank you to all who spoke at the Public Hearings or who wrote submissions to the RTM.

While the town did not take up our suggestion for adding other single-use plastic items to the Ordinance and eliminating more waste, BYO will use this as an opportunity to lobby for more this coming year! Please send any ideas for what wasteful plastic items you would like to see eliminated to

You can visit for more information about the work of this group or follow BYO Darien on Instagram at @byodarien. 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”.

Darien Pollinator Pathway

Also at the start of our year, GCD became one of four partners in the Darien Pollinator Pathway along with the Library, the Nature Center and the Gardener’s Center and Florist. The Pollinator Pathway is an effort to create pesticide-free and pollinator-friendly landscapes using native plants. Many towns (30 as of June, 2019), 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!

Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, gave a talk at the Library in March. Almost 200 people attended. Doug was key to sparking interest in native plants and pesticide free gardening in Darien. We now have well over 100 signatures on our pledge – but given the number of households and businesses in town, we still have a long way to go!

We will be working hard to educate and inspire residents over the summer and in the coming year. We welcome your ideas, your help and any role you would like to play in furthering this endeavor which is advocated for and supported by the GCA in various of its position papers.

For more information about the Pollinator Pathway or to sign the pledge online, please visit You can also follow the group on Instagram at @darienpollinatorpathway.
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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