Archive | August 4, 2017

Garden Events for August 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 August, 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 in 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 in 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 August: 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:

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.

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

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:

Aug 1 (rain date Thurs, Aug 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.

Mondays Aug 7, 14, 21, 28: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve.  Twilight Tours present an opportunity to tour the grounds of LongHouse after regular hours. Enjoy a glass of wine and stroll the gardens with an experienced docent to see LongHouse at sunset.  $30 per person; $55 for two.  Reservations required: email to

Tues, Aug 8 (rain date Thurs, Aug 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.

Tues, Aug 8, 6:15-8:15pm: Late Season Harvest – NYBG Adult Workshop. The bounty from your vegetable garden doesn’t have to end on Labor Day! Identify which veggies will thrive in the fall months, improving in flavor as the weather cools. Learn what to plant and when for a peak fall harvest, as well as how to protect against late season pests and frost.   Price:  Member : $39.00, Non-Member : $45.00.

Thurs, Aug 10, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Twilight Event – Stinging Insects. Are you worried about stinging insects in your garden? Get the real “buzz” from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.  Are you concerned about stinging insects that may be residing by you? Join us at East Meadow Farm, located at 832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, for our Twilight Event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10th to get all the answers you need.   You’ll learn about which critters are crawling through your garden and how do distinguish the naughty from the nice. Debunk common myths about the many stinging insects around you and learn which ones pose a real threat. Remember, all are welcome!  Free. Contact Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero, or call 516-565-5265 Ext. 14.

Fri, Aug 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: The Summer Kitchen.  Looking for ideas for enjoying your vegetable garden’s seemingly endless bounty? Emilie Zaweski of The Farmer’s Kitchen will demonstrate how easy it is to cook healthy, locally grown summer produce and will offer samples of several delicious dishes prepared as you watch. Recipes provided!  $15/person, space is limited, prepaid reservations are required.  Agricultural Center, 3005 Youngs Avenue, Southold.

Sat, Aug 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Adult Workshop: Floral Designs Summer Blooms. Floral arrangements have graced Westbury House since its completion in 1907. This long–standing tradition makes Old Westbury Gardens the ideal location to study home floral design. Taught by the Head Grower and florist for Westbury House, this workshop teaches students how to create stunning arrangements. Participants will transform flowers from the cutting garden into beautiful arrangements. Registration fee includes all materials.$50.00 / $45.00 Members. Advance registraiton required.  

Sat, Aug 12, 6pm-8pm:  Pen and Drink-A Creative Night Out.  Gather as impressionist artists did to exchange ideas and imbibe! An art educator will lead you through the basics of sketching sculpture at Old Westbury Gardens.  From doodler to devotee, this is a social event for people with all levels of art appreciation. Ages 21 and over only. Bring something to sit on.   Registration fee includes drawing materials and light refreshments. $30.00 / $27.00 Members. Advance registraiton required. Rain date Sunday, August 13.

Sat, Aug 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Pollinators and the Plants They Love.  Pollinators, including all manner of bees, wasps, and butterflies, play a critical role in horticulture and are very active in Bridge Garden’s 4-quadrant herb bed, especially in August. Learn more about the rich variety found on Long Island, and what plants attract them, at this walk with Rich Kelly of the Long Island Botanical Society and Garden Manager Rick Bogusch. Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton.  $5/person, free to Bridge Gardens members. Space is limited, reservations required. Rain date Saturday, August 19.

Mon, Aug 14: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve.  See Aug 7th for details.

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

Wed, Aug 16 thru Aug 20, 9am-5pm: Orchid Sale at Queens Botanical Gardens.  While supplies last.

Thurs, Aug 17, 7:15pm: Bat Walk.  A Bat Biologist and Staff/ Senior Instructor from Bridgewater State University will lead a walk through Old Westbury Gardens to listen and look for bats & discuss bat ecology and conservation. All ages.

Fri, Aug 18, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Planting Fields Arboretum Twilight Tour.  Meet at Coe Hall and enjoy wine and cheese before venturing out for a twilight tour of the grounds.  The twilight tour will be led by Vincent A. Simeone, Director, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, and Henry B. Joyce, Executive Director, Planting Fields.

Fri, Aug 18 thru Sun, Aug 20, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Taiwan: A World of Orchids.  Enjoy a stunning display of orchids and a day filled with art and culture, in partnership with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (TECONY).  Please Note: free hours are suspended on this day.
At Queens Botanical Garden.

Sat, Aug 19: LI Daylily Society Annual Sale at SUNY Farmingdale.

Mon, Aug 21: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve.  See Aug 7th for details.

Fri, Aug 25, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Fridays at Four, Tasting and Tour.  Plan to join us for our final late afternoon garden walk in our summer series in which we pair with a local beverage producer. Meet Ron Goerler of Jamesport Vineyards and enjoy a glass of his delicious local wine before we set off with Garden Manager Rick Bogusch to explore the garden. In August, the perennial beds and borders are at their fullest, the vegetable garden is overflowing, and the cool shade of large specimen trees is a blessing. You’ll visit the Spanish-style four-quadrant knot garden which features a vast array of culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile and dyeing herbs, and stop at several large vegetable plots from which Rick sources all manner of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton.  $20/person, $10/Bridge Gardens Member. Space is limited, reservations required.

Sat, Aug 26, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Fall Veggies Container Garden Workshop. Plant starter fall vegetables to grow at home and make splendid homemade salads. All materials provided. Registration required. $10 – $15.

Mon, Aug 28: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve.  See Aug 7th for details.

Thurs, Aug 31, 8:30pm: Summertime Stargazers at Old Westbury Gardens. Join members of the  Astronomical Society of Long Island for skywatching. No registration required (rain date September 1).

Sat & Sun, Sept 2-3, LI Dahlia Society Dahlia Show at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River.  Novice Table Welcomes New Growers!

Sat, Sept 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Plein Air Through the Seasons – Late Summer Flowers & Grasses at Planting Fields Arboretum.  Paint out of doors with visual artist Annie Shaver-Crandell. Landscape and floral themes.  Suggested list of materials:  Some form of drop cloth, any oil, acrylic, oil or dry pastels.  Bring a bag lunch or purchase snacks inside the hay barn.  Contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or for more information.