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A Holiday Gift for Kids in Crisis

Katie Kilroy of Kids in Crisis visited McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center in Greenwich to accept a donation of $3,330 from James McArdle of McArdle’s and Tammi Ketler of TMK Sports & Entertainment, producer of the 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Presented by Citizens Bank and the 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. During the Holiday Stroll Weekend on Dec. 5 and 6, $5 from every photo with Santa and $5 from every wreath purchased at McArdle’s was donated to Kids in Crisis. read more...

Santa & His Reindeer Are Back in Town

It’s may not feel like winter with temperatures in the 60s, but the Christmas spirit is in full swing at McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center.
Old Saint Nick arrived in grand style Friday afternoon for the opening of the 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop.
“It’s wonderful,” said James McArdle, President & CEO of McArdle’s. “I don’t think there was a community event during the holiday season prior to us starting this seven years ago. It is a great way to bring Greenwich together.”
While other braved the stores and malls to get the Black Friday deals, kids and kids at heart lined up to get their picture the Santa and say hi to four of his reindeer outside.
“We say the reindeer and she was so excited!” said Jen Danzi who brought her daughter Jones to meet Santa Claus. “She kept screaming “reindeer, reindeer!” She was so excited to see them.”
“Adults are a little more intrigued about the reindeer than I think the kids are,” added McArdle.
“I think it is cool that they [little kids] get to see that reindeer are real,” said Katie Day.
And everyone is in the holiday spirit.
Selectman Drew Marzullo said “It is my favorite time of year. It is beautifully decorated and there is something about the holiday season and something about Christmas that brings out the good in people.”
“It’s just a great way to unite this great town,” added McArdle.
Feeding times for the reindeer will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The reindeer will remain at McArdle’s until approximately 2 p.m. on December 23.Photos with Santa will take place Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will stay on for photos until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
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Junior League, McArdle’s Raise Funds For Community Projects

On Nov. 9, the Junior League of Greenwich held its first pre-event for The Enchanted Forest. The Enchanted Forest is the Junior League’s largest fund-raiser taking place Nov. 20 to 22 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. This year, in addition to all of the decorated trees and gingerbread creations, the event will also display decorated wreaths that will be available for sale. These wreaths were created in partnership with McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center. McArdle’s provided the amazing décor on the wreaths using their design techniques. Sixteen Junior League volunteers took part in a design class taught by Michael Derouin at McArdle’s and learned how to create a statement piece with all artificial materials so that the beauty will last through the holiday season. read more...