Landscaping Ideas to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal in Ridgefield

In the heart of Ridgefield, where every home tells a story, the exterior of your house is the cover of your tale. Here’s how you can make it captivating:

  1. Native Plantings: Ridgefield‘s natural flora is a treasure trove of beauty. Opt for native plants like the Eastern Redbud or the New England Aster. These plants not only resonate with the local landscape but are also hardy, drought-resistant, and attract local wildlife like butterflies and birds.
  2. Stone Pathways: Think of cobblestone streets in old European towns. A winding stone pathway, perhaps made of local slate or granite, can evoke this charm. Intersperse with creeping thyme or moss for a touch of green.
  3. Seasonal Blooms: Plan your garden such that as one flower wilts, another blooms. Spring could bring tulips and crocuses, summer might showcase black-eyed Susans and daylilies, while fall could introduce chrysanthemums and asters. This ensures your garden is ever-changing and always vibrant.
  4. Elegant Lighting: Beyond functionality, lighting can be a design element. Lantern-style lights or solar-powered garden stakes can create a warm ambiance. Consider sensor or timer-based lighting to ensure energy efficiency.
  5. Water Features: A koi pond or a bubbling fountain can be the focal point of your garden. Surround it with aquatic plants like water lilies or lotuses. If space is a constraint, even a tabletop fountain on your porch can add that tranquil touch.
  6. Garden Art: From wind chimes made of seashells to hand-painted garden stones, art can be both personal and whimsical. Local artisans in Ridgefield often offer pieces that reflect the town’s character and charm.
  7. Maintained Lawn: Consider introducing patterns when mowing your lawn, like stripes or curves. If you’re environmentally inclined, think about xeriscaping – a landscaping method that reduces the need for water.
  8. Cozy Seating Area: Imagine a wrought-iron bench under a tree or a wooden swing on your porch. Add some outdoor cushions, and you have a cozy nook perfect for morning coffees or evening reads.
  9. Pergolas and Arbors: These can be your garden’s architectural elements. Draped with wisteria or grapevines, they can provide shade in summer and a beautiful structure in winter.
  10. Mulch Beds: Beyond functionality, colored mulch can contrast beautifully with your plants. Reds and browns can complement green foliage, while black mulch can make colorful flowers pop.

Incorporating these ideas can transform your home’s exterior into a visual treat. But remember, landscaping is as much about patience as it is about planting. Over time, as plants grow and seasons change, your garden will evolve, each day writing a new page in the story of your home.

It’s Not Too Late to Register (or Cheer!) for the Ridgefield Half Marathon!

This year’s Ridgefield Half Marathon will be held this Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 7:15 AM and I’m proud to once again sponsor this fabulous event. We live and work in a place with so many terrific options for active residents, and this is certainly one of the most fun events of the year.

Some of the teams are even running for charities, such as The Iris Fund, a nonprofit organization which was founded by a Ridgefield resident and supports research that will determine what triggers full-term labor to end pre-term birth.

The 45th running of the Ridgefield Half Marathon, 7-Miler and 3-person relay presented by Pamby Motors is a beautiful race featuring classic fall New England scenery. The race is beginner-friendly, and contains some of the prettiest roads in Fairfield County!

The race starts on East Ridge Road, just above The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield, with a few gradual climbs. It then settles into a nice rolling course that winds through southern Ridgefield for two loops that showcase some of the flattest miles in the town.

With a fast downhill into downtown Ridgefield and back to the Boys and Girls Club, you’re sure to finish strong and smiling!

Even if you’re not a runner, we’d love to see you out on the course cheering on the competitors!

Learn more and register here:

Why Ridgefield is a Great Place to Raise a Family

Ridgefield, Connecticut, tucked away in foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is more than just a town—it’s a community, a lifestyle, and a haven for families. If you’re on the fence about Ridgefield, let’s look at the many reasons that make this town a family favorite.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Ridgefield’s Historical Charm

Ridgefield is not just a town – it’s a historical treasure. Established back in 1708 it has witnessed significant events, especially during the American Revolutionary War. Landmarks like the Keeler Tavern stand as a testament to this history, offering residents and visitors a chance to step back in time and relive the town’s past.

Landmarks to Explore:

  • Keeler Tavern: A window into the past, this tavern-turned-museum offers a glimpse of life during the Revolutionary era.
  • Ridgefield’s Old Town Hall: A Georgian-style building that stands as a testament to the town’s rich architectural history.
  • The Battle of Ridgefield Monument: Commemorating the brave souls of the 1777 battle.


Close to Nature

One of Ridgefield’s standout features is its breathtaking natural beauty. The town’s landscape is dotted with rolling hills that offer stunning views, especially at sunrise and sunset. The ancient Round Pond, a legacy of a 20,000-year-old glacier, and the beautiful Mamanasco Lake near Ridgefield High School, offer residents perfect spots for relaxation and recreation.

Nature’s Highlights:

  • Round Pond: A relic from a 20,000-year-old glacier, perfect for afternoon picnics.
  • Mamanasco Lake: A tranquil spot near Ridgefield High School, ideal for kayaking or a quiet evening stroll.
  • Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve: A haven for hikers and bird watchers.


Commitment to Quality Education

Education is a cornerstone in Ridgefield. With its close-knit community of about 25,000 residents (as of the 2020 census), the town’s schools prioritize personalized attention. This makes sure that every student is given the tools and support they need to succeed, both academically and personally.

Schools Worth Mentioning:


Ridgefield Town Center

The heart of Ridgefield lies in its town center. Previously a borough, today’s town center is a hub of activity and community engagement. Main Street is a delightful mix of historical landmarks and modern establishments, making it a favorite spot for both residents and visitors.

Main Street Must-Visits:


Economic Stability and Growth

A town’s economic health often reflects the quality of life it offers its residents. Ridgefield boasts impressive numbers in this area. The median household income has seen consistent growth, with figures rising to $125,909 as of a 2007 estimate. This economic prosperity ensures a comfortable and high standard of living for all its residents.

Economic Highlights:

  • Median Household Income: A steady rise to $125,909 as of 2007, indicating a thriving community.
  • Job Opportunities: A diverse range of sectors, from retail to tech, offer employment opportunities.
  • Real Estate: A booming market with properties ranging from historic homes to modern condos.


Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a blend of the past and the present. It’s a town where every street has a story, every corner offers a slice of nature, and every resident feels at home. If you’re looking for a place with a rich history, a vibrant community, and a bright future, Ridgefield might just be the place you’re looking for.

Happy October! So Many Ways to Celebrate the Season

October is here – bring on fall! Ridgefield is such a fun place to live and/or visit during this season, with multiple opportunities to celebrate Halloween, Oktoberfest, and autumn in general. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to enjoy all the fall vibes in our neighborhood this month:

First things first: need some pumpkins to decorate with? The pumpkin patch is open! Jesse Lee United Methodist Church has supported the Navajo Nation through the sale of their pumpkins for over 30 years. The pumpkins are grown on a reservation in New Mexico, providing some 700 jobs for Navajo workers at fall harvest time. The pumpkins are delivered to Jesse Lee’s Main Street lawn in late September and members of the church, as well as other service organizations including local Scout troops, help load them into the “patch.” Such a wonderful community collaboration!

I’m proud to sponsor the Ridgefield Farmers Market, which is open for two more Saturdays this season: October 7th and 21st. Local farms, food trucks, makers and musicians assemble on the lawn at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church (the site of the original town green!) on our beautiful historic Main Street for a fun community event. Pack your picnic blanket and enjoy the shopping and eating with the best local vendors, a curated selection of some of the best growers and makers around. You’ll find farm fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty items.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Nod Hill Brewery on Saturday, October 7th! Enjoy a range of German-inspired beers poured by the liter, featuring Festbier, Old Homeplace, Giddyup, Dabulous, Diamant, Shazau, Altbier & more! Plus live Oktoberfest Müsik, Walrus Alley slinging bratwurst, pretzels & more, joined by other trucks from our excellent roster of rotating food vendors, and guest brewery pop-up visits.

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Fall in Love with Ridgefield on Saturday, October 14th! A wonderful outdoor festival sponsored by Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, this annual fall event downtown is fun for the whole family.

I’m proud to sponsor the All Hallows Gala at Lounsbury House, a historic landmark since 1896, on Friday, October 27th. Drinks, dancing, delectable hors d’oeuvres, dramatic decor, live auction, costume contests, photo booth and more! All proceeds benefit Lounsbury House’s programs and history preservation.

The Halloween Walk on Saturday, October 28th is a beloved annual tradition that draws visitors from surrounding towns for trick-or-treating on our beloved downtown Main Street. Be sure to stop by the table outside our Compass office for a treat and to say hi!

Also on Saturday, October 28th will be the fabulous Ridgebury Riders Fall Festival at Ridgebury Farm & Stables, a wonderful organization which I’m proud to support. Come out to the farm for fall fun! Pumpkin picking, hay rides, and yard games galore – visit the farm for a day of fun for the whole family.

Experience the enchantment of fall and join in the festive spirit on Main Street with Ridgefield’s Scarecrow Decorating Contest, going on all month! This fun event welcomes families, organizations, and businesses to showcase their creativity and design captivating scarecrows. Embrace the colors of autumn, and let your imagination soar as you bring your scarecrow to life. Learn more here: .

What a time to live in Ridgefield! We hope you find some time to get out and enjoy it. From our family to yours, happy Halloween!