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The Darien Pollinator Path­way will be host­ing a wine and cheese evening at the Gar­dener’s Cen­ter and Florist on Jan. 23. The event is free and open to every­one.

It will fea­ture two classes by the Gar­dener’s Cen­ter: a na­tive seed plant­ing class pre­sented by Kris Barker, and a class in flo­ral de­sign us­ing na­tive flow­ers pre­sented by Kate O’Keefe. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first class starts at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a raf­fle, with prizes in­clud­ing a bot­tle of wine do­nated by Sip­stirs and a land­scap­ing con­sul­ta­tion with O’Keefe.

The Darien Pollinator Path­way is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of res­i­dents from var­i­ous groups in town, in­clud­ing the Darien Na­ture Cen­ter, the Gar­den Club of Darien, the Gar­dener’s Cen­ter and Florist and the Darien Li­brary. The goal of the col­lab­o­ra­tion is to pro­vide habi­tat and nutri­tion on both pub­lic and pri­vate prop­er­ties across Darien to birds, bees, but­ter­flies and other pol­li­nat­ing crea­tures that move pollen among plants al­low­ing for new growth.

These pollinator-friendly prop­er­ties use no toxic prod­ucts in their land­scap­ing and have at least one na­tive plant species. As the Darien Path­way grows, it will con­nect with the greater Fair­field County Pollinator Path­way cre­at­ing a con­tigu­ous cor­ri­dor of pollinator-friendly spa­ces.

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