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Sara McCool Leads Gardening Classes At YWCA Darien/Norwalk

Designed by Darien landscaper Sara McCool, and a sight for sore eyes, is this delightful spring bed in bloom.
Designed by Darien landscaper Sara McCool, and a sight for sore eyes, is this delightful spring bed in bloom. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. - Sara McCool of Ungemack McCool Landscape Associates is returning to the YWCA Darien/Norwalk to teach Landscape Design and Practice, Outdoor Green Garden, and Perennial Garden this spring.

In Landscape Design and Practice, McCool focuses on property designs with an eye on needs and budget and will discuss how shrubs, ground covers, trees and the use of tested planting techniques can beautify grounds. As a bonus, she visits each participant’s home to review current landscaping and offer advice on the latest in landscape design. This five-session class is offered in both mornings and evenings.

The dates and times are Mondays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7, 14, 21 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The cost is $95 for members, $120 for nonmembers.

In Outdoor Green Garden, McCool discusses and demonstrates proper care for property’s plantings. Common diseases and pests that can threaten gardens are reviewed, and countermeasures are suggested. McCool also discusses and demonstrates the art of pruning. This class takes place Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

In Perennial Garden, which takes place Saturday, May 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., participants learn how to keep a garden blooming from Feb. to Nov. by using perennials and bulbs. She also shares care tips on maintaining healthy plants. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

Class size is limited, so early registration for gardening classes is recommended. For more information or to register for classes go to or call 203-655-2535.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. Its national mission, eliminating racism and empowering women, translates locally into a vision to create opportunities for growth, leadership and empowerment for all women and families.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old King’s Highway North in Darien.

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