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Y’sMen Gardening

Acting Chairmen:  Chuck Greenlee 
Phone: 203-858-4085 (Chuck) 
Events - Skip Shaeffer, Lou Rolla, Steve Taranko, Skip Weverbergh 
Email –   
Cell – 203-984-0241 (Lou)
Back Up - Steve Taranko
Email – 

GREETINGS new prospective members ... contact either Chuck, Lou, or Steve 

See our past calendars and check out our activity schedule below. We try to meet monthly and have EVENTS on WEDNESDAYS .

Y’sMen Gardening Club: Acting Chair Chuck Greenlee 

Chuck Greenlee

Phone: 203-858-4085



Lou Rolla

Phone- 203-984-0241


Special Events - Skip Shaeffer

Email –  

Cell – 203-451-8270

Back Up - Steve Taranko

Email – 

Cell – 203-520-9117


Welcome to the Y’s Men Garden Club. We get together and visit each other’s gardens, share plants,seeds, and gardening tips and knowledge. We have all types of gardeners everything from ornamental trees, flowers, vegetables, sun to shade. 

We have outings to visit local nurseries, award winning private gardens in the Tri-State area and trips to botanical gardens. See the list below of some of our outings. Several members have town garden spots at Long Lots School. Also we have Master Gardeners in for speaking presentations. MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR MEMBERS RANGE FROM TRUE AMATEURS TO TRUE EXPERTS!


We try to meet monthly regularly as needed and have EVENTS on WEDNESDAYS where possible. Some events are  available for friends and significant others!


There are no dues for the garden club. Lunches, etc are split evenly among attendees!

COMMUNICATIONHi, new prospective members ...  please contact either Chuck, Lou, or Steve and Make sure you get on our garden club email list since that is the way we communicate about meetings and outings. See Below 



12:00 VFW Lunch prior to Gilberties- General discussion and idea exchange!
1:1  Gilberties Westport- Joe Gloria  Master Gardener FALL/WINTER  preparation and planning. Raised gardens, herbs , fertilizers,pruning, etc. ALWAYS interesting WITH new ideas and Q and A.




Once again our premier planner Skip Shaeffer has come up with an interesting site, GARDEN CONSERVANCY.
A national organization that has access to private very attractive gardens around the country.
3 locations are in Fairfield County in next 2 months. Admissions are a nominal $7 per person.
Please open site below and expllore:

 ALWAYS LOOKING FOR Ys members who might have homes or friends homes with interesting gardens or landscapes which we could visit. Let us know!


Garden Club Potential Spots:


         September: Greenwich Dahlia Show

GROUP  Ideas and/or “on your own”:

  • Botanical Garden
  • Westport Garden Tour

 Below are some photos of past events and comments for your garden ..








TomVenusOuting 15

 Mark Yurkiew's Garden and House Tour:

 Garden tour with Mark Yukiew



Yurkiew garden 7

 Harry Audley Garden Planning and Techniques:




Harry Audley 7



- Deer Repellant - From March session at Sr Ctr w/Diana Ringelheim
 Use a Deer Repellant as follows:
Wisk one egg. Mix with 4 times volume of water and add a drop of Detergent.
Filter through a fine mesh metal sieve. Does not keep well so throw it away when finished.
Spray on plants and bushes. Deters deer for 30 day.
Does not smell. May also deter other animals.
Stuff does not keep well so throw it away when finished.
- New pruning concept - From March session at Sr Ctr w/Diana Ringelheim
Drastically prune top off large bushes to let the light down the center and encourage growth from within.
Normal pruning of the outside branches will encourage growth at the end  and leave the bush hollow.
Steamy, warm day but interesting meeting with their Joe Gloria, Gilbertie's
1) Pyrethrum - An effective organic pesticide. For most effectiveness try spraying at night using with a flashlight to hit nocturnal insects that are hidden in daylight. This wet warm summer has wreaked havoc on larger than normal scale with insects.
2) Fertilmulch aka Sweat Peat very effective mulch. Also avail in bags as Green Envy.
3) Incrediball Hydrangea recommended with thicker stem for  easier pruning and gorgeous full flowers.
Not enthusiastic about BellaAnna.  Also an Ever Blooming Hydrangea may have some problems with some mislabeling, etc.
4)OxiDate - A VERY effective Bactericide/Fungicide used in VARYING dosages for far ranging things from crops, to ponds, to patios. Google for more info!!

- Virginia Creeper - A problem around here. Pull it !
- Mustard Garlic - Get rid of mustard garlic, an invasive Asian import that spreads quickly.  Don't compost it. 

Mustard Garlic