News & Events

Coronavirus Update

Due to concerns about the coronavirus in the Darien community all Darien Land Trust events are postponed until further notice. Updates will be posted as they occur. All of our walking trails are open and can be found here. Our office will have limited hours. Please stay safe and contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Green & Glam

Join us at Nielsen’s Florist on Thursday, April 2 from 7 – 9 PM for Green & Glam! Mike Nadeau of Wholistic Land Care Consulting will be giving a presentation at this happy hour style event on why native and organic gardening matters. Appetizers and cocktails will be provided.

Film Screening: “Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes”

Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America’s first female landscape architect—Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Although she created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J.P. Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, she also was an early advocate for the value of public gardens and believed strongly in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better. Through the documentary, Miller journeys to iconic Farrand gardens, engaging designers, scholars and horticulturists in a spirited dialogue about the meaning and importance of this ground-breaking early 20th-century woman. Lynden Miller’s experience as New York City’s most prominent public garden designer is woven into a wide-ranging biography of Farrand’s life and times.

For more information, please watch the film’s trailer. Attend through the Darien Library.

Film Screening: “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf”

Starring Piet Oudolf; 75 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Thomas Piper filmed the garden designer Piet Oudolf over five seasons as he designed gardens from New York’s High Line and Hauser and Wirth’s prairie garden in Somerset, England to his own private garden at Hummelo in Holland.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is an immersive and meditative documentary that reveals how the revolutionary landscape designer,Piet Oudolf, upends our conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

For more information, please watch the film’s trailer. Register through the Darien Library.

 

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Darien Library Community Room

Live Seed Bank Initiative for Pollinator Health

Please join us for the Live Seed Bank Initiative for Pollinator Health, the second in the Darien Pollinator Pathway’s “Conservation and Conversation” series.

January 23, 6.30pm
Gardener’s Center and Florist
1396 Boston Post Road, Darien

Dina Brewster, of the Hickories Farm, Ridgefield, and Executive Director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) will explain the work being undertaken by organic farms and pollinator pathways to create a supply of CT native plants to help restore insect and pollinator habitat and support our local food supply. Please register here to learn, network and enjoy a delicious selection of wines and appetizers!

Sponsored By: Darien Pollinator Pathway, The Gardener’s Center and Florist, Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, Garden Club of Darien and Darien Library.

BBC: How trees secretly talk to each other

Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals. Watch the video below!

 

 

 

Film Screening: “The Biggest Little Farm”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Darien Library Community Room. (2018) Starring Molly Chester, John Chester; Rated PG for mild thematic elements; 91 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

A documentarian and his wife attempt to establish a farm outside LA while facing wildfires, pests and predators.

For more information, please watch the film’s trailer.

Co-Sponsored with The Darien Pollinator Pathway, The Darien Land Trust, The Darien Nature Center, Garden Club of Darien & Planet New Canaan. Learn more

Before the Flood

Film Screening & Discussion: “Before the Flood”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Darien Library, Community Room

(2016) From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban (the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations), Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Rated PG for thematic elements, some nude and suggestive art images, language and brief smoking; 96 Minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

For more information, please click here for the film’s trailer.

Co-Sponsored with The Darien Land Trust and The Darien Nature Center.

Annual Meeting 2019

Please join us for our 2019 Annual Meeting, held on Sunday, November 17th at 5p.m., at Wee Burn Country Club.

Jillian Bell from the CT Audubon Society will be our keynote speaker, sharing her knowledge about the  Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) program and also touching on the importance of DLT properties to birds. CT ranks sixth in the U.S. in terms of bird watching interest!

Refreshments and drinks will be available after the meeting.

Farm To Table Thank You

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday night!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE EVENT

Another sold-out event, 250 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing with live music in our beautifully preserved meadow – Waterbury Field.

This special evening is our way of thanking our loyal supporters and celebrating the nearly 220 acres of land that the Darien Land Trust preserves and protects for our community.

A big thank you to Co-Chairs Michelle Imbrogno and Amy Sarbinowski, and to our executive Director Elizabeth Harmon, Committee Members Janet Cling, Elizabeth Mathus and Nina Miller for their amazing work!