Storm-related projects and the town's parks and beaches will be the beneficiary of the the Garden Club of Darien's Birdsong Flower Show preview party and silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road.

The preview party includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, which will be catered by Marcia Selden. Guests will be able to get the first look at the entries for the show and participate in the silent auction, which will help fund GCD's civic activities.

The Birdsong Flower Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Darien Community Association. Visitors will be treated to the best in floral design, garden photography, horticulture and botanical arts with judged entries presented in a gallery setting. The newly renovated bird sanctuary at the DCA inspired the theme of the show, which will showcase a Fairy House Tour along the woodland path. Fairy Houses are whimsical structures made of twigs, leaves, nuts, shells and most anything that can be collected outside. A garden boutique, workshops under a tent and a conservation exhibit highlighting the Weed Beach project will also be featured at the show. Admission to the show is free.

The last major flower show put on by the club was September Serenade in 2008, the proceeds of which were donated to the installation of native plantings at the entrance to Weed Beach as part of the complete renovation of the park.

Beginning with the establishment of World War II Victory Gardens, and later the Community Gardens at Cherry Lawn Park, the club has a long history of civic contributions to the town. The club has donated more than 250 trees, including numerous dogwood trees, the design and installation of plantings at Town Hall and more than 65 years of planting at the town's five elementary schools. The club also created the Memorial Herb Garden at the Darien Historical Society, helped establish the courtyard at the Darien Library and refurbished the Hidden Garden at the DCA.

Through fundraisers and contributions to the GCD's Civic Fund, the organization has also been able to create a native wildflower meadow and outdoor classroom at the Darien Nature Center and a Colonial Garden at the Darien Historical Society. The GCD runs a monthly "Pleasure through Plants" workshop at the Senior Center, where club members present a theme and the materials for the seniors to create their own floral masterpieces. Every December, the GCD takes over the Boy Scout cabin to create hundreds of mini holiday arrangements used on food delivery trays for the homebound in lower Fairfield County.

Committee members have spent months planning and coordinating with the local exhibitors from the tri-state area as well as those from other Garden Club of America clubs across the country and as far away as Honolulu and Seattle.

For tickets to the preview party, contact Debbie Murray or Sheryl Lincoln at

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