Garden Events for July 2017


Farmers Markets are open for the season.  Check for a location near you.

Tai Chi & Yoga at Old Westbury Gardens throughout the Spring & Summer.

Saturdays at 11am: Free Guided Ground Tours of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, NY.

Sunday & Wednesdays throughout July, 12pm: Talk and Tour:  Experiencing Art in the Landscape at Old Westbury Gardens.

Tuesdays through the end of October, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.:  The Lawn Expert Is In!  FREE lawn care advice!  in person or email.  Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton.   

Thursday mornings July & August,  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Botanicals with Watercolor and Colored Pencil sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust.  Learn to capture the garden’s beauty on paper, guided by local botanical artist Barbara Stype.  You will experiment with color pencil and watercolor pencils as well as classic watercolor paints. The class will meet in the barn Thursday mornings in July and August to help you develop your artistic skills, all levels welcome.  Class size is limited to provide individual attention. $20/class. Prepaid registration required, and a materials list will be provided for you to purchase supplies prior to class.  Agricultural Center, 3005 Youngs Avenue, Southold.

Through Sept 15: Madoo Garden is open every Friday and Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. from May 15th until September 15th.

Saturdays through July & August, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Painting en plein air at Bridge Gardens.  Discover the artist within at this inspiring outdoor painting series!  Learn to capture the magic of East End light using your choice of medium: oils, acrylics, or watercolor paints.
All levels welcome! Class dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26.  $50/class, $185 for 4 classes, $350 for all 8 classes. Space is limited, prepaid registration is required. A materials list provided at sign up, and students are responsible for easel, tools, and materials. For more information and to register, contact Suzzanne at or 631.599.2407. Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton..

Throughout July: Seasonal Highlights Tours at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Catch BBG’s burgeoning blossoms at their best and other highlights of the season in this free Garden-wide guided walk.   Check the website for specific days:

  Through July 23: Explore flowers in the Garden and an iconic artist, Georgia O’Keefe,  inspired by them with a discounted combination ticket to Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum.

Through July 2017: Artist Shayne Dark’s complex sculptures are made from tree branches, limbs, trunks, and roots that evoke nature while taking on majestic new forms.  At Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Wednesdays & Saturdays: Open Days at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton.

Saturdays through August 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.:  Birds, Butterflies, and Dragonflies Tour. Summer is the season to observe gorgeous butterflies, mischievous dragonflies and the birds of the cool forests. The colorful, fragrant gardens and the vibrant lakes at NYBG attract beautiful avian creatures. Come observe summer’s greatest show of shows watching butterflies, dragonflies and birds at their best.

Through Sept: Recycle the Rain (Rain Barrel): Open to North Hempstead residents ONLY.  Recycle your rainwater by saving it to water your garden when the weather is dry, instead of using our precious groundwater resources.  Attendees can purchase a discounted 50-gallon rain barrel.  Class is free but the rain barrel costs $50 (ONLY check or credit/debit cards will be accepted- NO CASH*).  Registration is required (please bring I.D.).  30 minutes.  For class dates and times and to register:

Through Sept: Learn How to Compost: Open to North Hempstead residents ONLY.  Turn your yard and kitchen waste into rich fertilizer!  Composting reduces landfill waste and enhances your garden without synthetic chemicals, which can pollute our drinking water.  Attendees can purchase a discounted Soil Machine Pro.  Class is free but the composter costs $75 (ONLY check or credit/debit cards will be accepted- NO CASH*).  Registration is required (please bring I.D.).  30 minutes.  For class dates and times and to register:

Through Sun, Oct 29: What in the World is a Herbarium?  With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.

Through Oct 29, 2017:  “CHIHULY” – For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York.   See http://www.nyb.orgfor more info.

Saturday Mornings through November, 9am:  LI Dahlia Society volunteers meet at the William Wolkoff Garden, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, each Saturday during the dahlia season, preparing the tubers for planting, maintaining the garden during the bloom times, through the digging up the tubers at the end of season, this is a hands-on learning experience, all are welcome.  Work in the garden is followed by coffee and cake at 11:00 am.

Through January 2018: Smart Garden Exhibit.   Gardens can play a big role in conserving water and preventing pollution.  This year’s gallery exhibit explores solutions to some of the big environmental challenges cities face in the 21st century. The display highlights BBG’s Water Conservation Project, projected to reduce the Garden’s outdoor freshwater consumption by almost 96%. Visitors will also learn how to create their own sustainable gardens that conserve water and make the city cleaner and greener. Tips for families and children are also included!   Steinhardt Conservatory, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Dated Events:

New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Gardening Classes  throughout July.  Numerous classes for all levels of gardeners.

Mondays – July 3 (sold out), 10, 31: Twilight Tours of Longhouse Reserve. An unforgettable evening at LongHouse Reserve on a docent led tour of the grounds at twilight.  The gardens take on a special aura in the early evening and are rarely seen by the general public.  Make it a romantic evening for two or bring out-of-town guests to stroll the gardens at sunset to enjoy an unequaled Hamptons experience.  $30 per person; $55 for two.  LHR members receive a per person discount of $5.  Reservations required;  call (631) 329-3568 or visit

Fri, Jul 7, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:  Savvy Succulent Workshop – Learn everything you need to know to grow and enjoy succulents!
Discussion will cover various succulent plants, including how to cultivate and care for them, and then guide you in creating a hanging succulent planter to take home.  Workshop is a benefit for the Peconic Land Trust, and fee includes all materials.  After completing your project, take time to enjoy lunch at the Vine Street Café Food Truck, parked on site for the afternoon.  $35/person, includes all materials. Space is limited, prepaid registration required.   Location – Milk Pail Fresh Market, 1346 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill.

Sat, July 8, 2-5pm: Growing a Culinary Herb Garden.  Workshop at the NY Botanical Garden.

Sat, July 8, 10:00am-3:00pm: Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center Open House. The display gardens will be open all day and there will be guided garden tours on the hour. Special seminars on Ticks in the Garden (11 a.m.), Flower Arranging (noon), Growing Asian Vegetables (1 p.m.), and a workshop making concrete leaf molds (2 p.m.) will be held. Throughout the day a children’s activity will be available free of charge. A plant sale focusing on herbs, unusual perennial plants, and hanging baskets will also be held for those who are interested in finding something new for their home. Special presentations during the Open House include Victory Garden demonstrations where guests can learn about growing vegetables, tours of over 200 potted flowering trial annuals, and wagon ride tours of the 68 acre research farm (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Rain or shine.    3059 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

Sat, Jul 8, 10:00 AM: Garden Conservancy Suffolk County Open Days.  Gardens in Cutchogue, Mattituck and Jamesport.  Please note the hours for each garden differ on this date.  Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

July 12, 6:30pm: Director’s Walk with Nelson Sterner at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River.  Meet at Gazebo.  Refreshments will be served.

Thurs, July 13, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Soil Science Basics.  Aggregates, soil texture, the rhizosphere – what on Earth are we talking about? Soil Science Basics provide a foundation for your soil explorations. Learn how soil scientists describe soils and what soil qualities are necessary for healthy plants and ecosystems. Free for members or $6 for non-members (includes admission). Registration required:

Jul 15, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.: The Tropical Garden, A Walking Tour of The Gardens at Landcraft Environments, Mattituck. Visit one of the East End’s hidden treasures, hosted by the owners.  Wholesale growers of unusual annuals, perennials and exotic, tropical and sub-tropical plants, they have made it their life’s work to showcase ways to incorporate these plants in your garden.  Wander the many winding paths to explore garden rooms featuring everything from orchids and banana trees to native grasses and unusual perennials – truly one of the most amazing private gardens to be found on Eastern Long Island.  Complete your tour with a local wine and cheese reception, sponsored by Martha Clara Vineyards.  $25/person, space is limited, reservations required. Rain date is Sunday, July 16.

Jul 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  Lost Ladybug Search Continues.  The Peconic Land Trust and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFO) team up with Dr. Leslie Allee from Cornell University to search for “lost ladybugs.”  The composition of ladybug species in North America is changing, help us learn why. Native ladybugs – like the endangered nine-spotted ladybug, New York State’s official insect – were once very common but are now extremely rare while ladybugs from other parts of the world have greatly increased. Help in Dr. Allee’s research by gently capturing ladybugs at the farm. Each will be identified and then released.  All ages welcome – children must be accompanied by a willing adult participant.  FREE! Rain date is Wednesday, July 19. Please park on Deep Lane and meet at the farmstand. For more information on the “Lost Ladybug Project” visit  Quail Hill Farm, Deep Lane, Amagansett.

Wed, July 19, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM:  Planning for Planting Success.  Plant selection is not as easy as one-size-fits-all. This workshop will focus on diversifying planting options for various landscape designs and needs, and inform you how to avoid selecting and planting problem trees and shrubs.  Includes sessions on: Rain Garden Plant Selections, Shade Trees for Our Changing Climate, Enhancing the Ornamental Landscape with Edibles, Getting to the Root of the Problem, Tour of the Holly Collection.  Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. No walk-ins. Parking is included with your registration fee. $60/person – Refreshments & Lunch included. Location: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River.

Thurs, July 20, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Bringing Back Underwater Habitat.  Learn about the importance of underwater habitat and take a visual journey through the eelgrass meadows Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program experts have been working to restore. You’ll be given an overview of the various research and restoration methods being conducted by CCE’s team of experts, and how you can help play a role in bringing back our marine meadows!  Location: Moustache Brewing Company, Riverhead.

Jul 22, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.:  Butterflies and Pollinators at Quail Hill Farm.  Have you ever wondered what kind of butterfly just flitted by? What’s the big deal about pollinators anyway?  Enjoy a walk around the fields and gardens of Quail Hill Farm to identify and admire mid-summer butterflies. Learn more about preserving and improving habitat that supports them, along with the flowering plants that attract these beautiful pollinators to your garden.  $5/person, free to Quail Hill Farm members. Space is limited, reservations requested.

Sat, July 22, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Succulent Terrarium Workshop.  Create a tabletop terrarium with succulents, known for their easy-to-care-for qualities—perfect for apartment living! Registration required.  Cost:$30 – $35.  See

Sun, July 23, 2pm:  Monet’s Palate.  The Beyond the Frame series at Old Westbury Gardens is more than just an homage to the art of the impressionists. The sculptures lead viewers into an experience of Impressionist paintings with all their senses. You’re invited to experience the art of Claude Monet in a similar manner during an afternoon with Aileen Bordman. In her film and book Monet’s Palate, Ms. Bordman transports us into the life of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s world by weaving his art, cuisine, and love of gardens. Following a viewing of the film Ms. Bordman will discuss the rebirth of Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the recipes inspired by his cooking journals and vegetable gardens.  Free with admission.

Sun, July 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Framing the View: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting For Beginners.  Try your hand at watercolor painting en plein air at the Queens Botanical Garden with Artist Che Min Hsiao. Participants will create watercolor studies on site. Registration required. $10 fee. See

Sat, July 29, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Raising Butterflies from Caterpillars.  Free Summer Gardening Presentations at East Meadow Farm.  Join us for a hands on demonstration on raising eastern black swallowtail and monarch caterpillars. Discussion of host plants, predation, sanitation, chrysalis protection and release.   For information and accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Vincent Drzewucki at 516-565-5265 Ext. 10. CCE-Nassau Environmental Horticulture Office,  832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow.

Sun, Jul 30, 9:30-11:30 AM:  Garden Conservancy Suffolk County Open Days: Yugen, an extraordinary twenty-acre garden in East Hampton that has evolved over 25+ years. The owner began as an expert collector of Japanese suiseki, small, naturally-formed stones that suggest larger landscapes or objects. This led to more stones in the garden, many on a massive scale, and finally to a passion for horticulture. Yugen is comprised of thirty one individual gardens, including the 1491 Meadow—native plants that predate the arrival of Columbus in the New World—and Jurassic Park—plants that would have existed here in pre-history.  Registration is required and space is limited.  Location: East Hampton.

Sun, July 30, 10am – 4pm: Garden Conservancy Suffolk County Open Days.  Gardens in Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Southampton. 


August Preview:

August 1 (rain date Thursday, August 3, 7 pm):  Arts in the Garden: Dance Visions, NY plus art show with displays of art works in the garden.  Dance Vision will perform the ballet of Isadora Duncan, “mother of modern dance.” The performance is hosted and narrated by actress and TV personality, Shirley Romaine.  Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.

August 7, 14, 21, 28: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve.  See July 3rd for description.

August 8 (rain date Thursday, August 10, 7 pm): Pops in the Garden:  North Shore Pops Concert Band, a Long Island favorite for 22 years playing Broadway’s best; Hollywood themes; light classical and marches.   Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.

August 16, 6:30pm: Dahlia Walk in The Dahlia Garden at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River. Meet at the Dahlia Garden.


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