If you have driven past Cherry Lawn Park during the past few weeks, you may have noticed many beautiful new plantings throughout the park. These additions to our park are the direct result of the dedication and hard work of the members of the Garden Club of Darien.

In the spring, the garden club displayed an exhibit at the Darien Nature Center titled "Planting a Gift by the Sea," which showcased the Weed Beach plantings done by the garden club about six years ago. This exhibit focused on the benefits and merits of using native plants in the garden and consisted of live native trees, shrubs and perennials as well as an informational display panel and handouts. Time and time again, our staff heard visitors comment on how informative the material displayed was and how lovely the exhibit itself was. More than one person exclaimed, "I wish they could come re-create this vision at my home!"

Now, the garden club has given yet another exceptional gift to our community in the form of 38 trees, two mirrored gardens and many native plants planted throughout Cherry Lawn Park. Weeping cherry, Kwanzan cherry, sugar maple, dogwood and crab apple trees can now be found along Brookside Road and lining the entrance to the park. Mountain laurels, andromedas, hydrangeas, iris, lilac and hellebores to name a few have been planted in two lovely gardens at the entrance to the park as well. What an amazing gift for our community! This project will certainly be enjoyed by all who visit Cherry Lawn Park for generations to come.

On behalf of the Darien Nature Center, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Susie Brewer, president of the Garden Club of Darien, Emily D'Andrea and Debbie Bussey, co-chairmen of the Cherry Lawn project, and all of the members of the Garden Club of Darien for their tireless efforts to ensure that our local plant life continues to flourish. The passion and expertise these women show for the conservation and preservation of our local gardens and community spaces is truly inspiring.

If you get a chance, come visit Cherry Lawn Park to see the fruits of the garden club's labors.

Elizabeth Hearle

Executive Director

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