Darien’s Beautification Commission has been very busy these days thinking of ways to continue adding to the town’s beauty.

To accomplish this, one of its goals is to reorganize its Adopt-a-Garden program.

Commission members hope to reassign some of the 22 Adopt-a-Garden spots in Darien so that all are maintained in the spring.

They want to change the way the Adopt-A-Gardens look so they are more self-sustaining, according to commission member Sue Okie.

“We are looking for landscapers willing to take over an island or visible I-95 entrance and exit spots in exchange for a sign with their company’s name,” Okie said.

The commission is looking for eight to 10 landscapers to help in this role.

The gardens range from the size of a traffic island to an area by a ramp that the landscaper would like to map out.

Landscapers would adopt an island on mainly traveled roads and be responsible for tending it, such as planting and weeding.

“They will be doing this on a volunteer basis for the town,” Okie said.

However, Okie added that making their name and company visible would give them publicity.

Currently, most of these gardens are planted and maintained by private landscapers. In addition, several are sponsored by businesses whom the commission would like to acknowledge, according to Okie.

The commission is trying to have private and public partnerships to plant and maintain these green spaces “in a more attractive way,” according to Beautification Commission Chairman Cristina Orsi-Lirot.

All interested landscapers should contact the Beautification Committee by sending an email to Sue Okie at Sueokie1@optonline.net.

Planted urns, flower baskets

Planters are placed by the “post office, town hall, Tilley Pond Park, and Noroton Heights, and along all the street lamps all up and down Boston Post Road,” Orsi-Lirot said.

In addition, flower baskets, which are placed between Memorial Day and the month of October, hang from the lampposts along the Post Road. They are planted with a variety of multi-colored petunias.

These baskets make up a large percentage of the Beautification Commission’s annual budget, according to Orsi-Lirot.

Private merchants can pay for the baskets on lampposts near their stores.

Last year, there were 198 flower baskets in town, with seasonal flowers or plants in them.  

Replanting, garden design

The Beautification Commission is working on replanting and garden design in front of Town Hall. The recent ramp installation disrupted the plantings that were there.

Committee members have consulted landscape designers and will be seeking bids for facade plantings and the Memorial Circle.

The Memorial Circle, in front of Town Hall, pays tribute to Darien’s veterans. It has a plaques on it honoring wounded veterans and veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. There are also benches acknowledging the U.S. Armed Services including the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

History

The Darien Beautification Commission was incorporated in 1991 with the purpose of maintaining and improving the overall physical appearance of the town.

It’s a completely volunteer organization, funded and appointed by the town.

The group relies on the help of volunteers to complete about a dozen annual projects, including seasonal decorations on town property and specific plantings at local gardens.

Those with an interest in gardening are encouraged to volunteer to learn more about the commission by visiting the Town of Darien website and searching Beautification Commission.