Nielsen's to host St. Patrick's Day celebration

Nielsen's Florist And Garden Shop will host its second St. Patrick's Day celebration in honor of the Darien Land Trust Thursday March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

After a huge success last year, Nielsen's Florist is looking forward to another fun-filled night of traditional Irish fare, music, shamrocks and raffle prizes.

Enjoy a Guinness or two and keep your ears open for the lucky raffle prize winners. All raffle prizes will have a green theme this year, including, a year of green plants, a green birdhouse and other green goodies.

Throughout the day, 20 percent of sales will go towards the Darien Land Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the green spaces in Darien. Tickets for the event will be $20, available at the door by cash or check.

St. Patrick's day and its traditional green theme, paired with the Darien Land Trust's mission to preserve green spaces, is complemented against the backdrop of the Nielsen's Florist conservatory.

The conservatory is becoming an increasingly popular venue for unique and memorable occasions, designed using natural foliage and flowers.

The Darien Land Trust and Nielsen's Florist both have a long-standing relationship with the community and introduce the Darien High School Eco-Citizens.

Its president, Sarah Graves, will present attendees with alternate ways to dispose of unnecessary old phones and pieces of technology that pile up in our homes.

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The community is invited to bring that old MP3 player or phone and let them take care of it for you.

Nielsen's is a third generation family-run business, established in 1944 by Hilda and Christian Nielsen. The store, still in its original location, is now run by their granddaughter, Sandra Nielsen Baumann. Its long-term philosophy has always been maintaining successful relationships with our customers and vendors.

Nielsen's strives to provide the highest-quality floral, garden and home decor products and services. In addition, giving back to the community has always been integral to Nielsen's. Visit

Founded in 1960, the mission of the Darien Land Trust is to preserve and protect open space in Darien.

Preservation of open space benefits the community by adding to quality of life values for the residents of town, preserving precious natural habitats and the rural character of Darien for future generations. Visit

Catherine Becker, Rachel McGlade and Emma Tuz started the Eco-Citizens Club in the fall of 2009 with the help of science teacher Elissa Scudder.

Their mission is to promote sustainability locally and globally and to inspire the eco-friendly community to make big changes to foster a more environmentally friendly campus. The founders have been named top ten influential ladies at DHS 2011 by Neirad Enilno.