On Wednesday, April 18, the New Canaan Beautification League is presenting a program titled Succulent Arrangements in Stone Containers by Amabel Chan, owner of Marvin Gardens of Wilton. Chan is a Blue Ribbon Winner of the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show. She brings her uniquely creative talent to designing "living walls" and exuberant dish gardens for use inside or out.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held at the New Canaan Nature Center at 9 a.m. for coffee; the lecture will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m..

Succulent plants are relatively easy care plants that store water in their fleshy leaves, stems or roots. They have interesting leaf forms and plant shapes including paddle leaves, tight rosettes and bushy or trailing columns of teardrop leaves. Aloe and kalanchoe are examples of succulents. Learn more about incorporating succulents into your indoor and outdoor landscapes, as Chan does a hands-on demonstration with her talk. Healthy plants and distinctive containers will also be available for sale.

Programs and membership in the New Canaan Beautification League are open to the public. Monthly programs are held from October to June, and are of varied topics, informative and educational. The group's focus is the beautification of New Canaan. Membership supports civic projects around town like funding the hanging baskets.

For more information visit www.NewCanaanBeautification.org or call Debbie Raymond at 203-972-2612.

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