Garden Events for October 2017


Tai Chi & Yoga at Old Westbury Gardens throughout Autumn.

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

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.

Wednesday & Saturdays through October:  Pallettes in the Park. Watercolor classes at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Throughout Oct: 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:

Saturdays in October : Open Days at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton.

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.

Thursdays–Saturdays, through October, 6:30–10:30pm:  CHIHULY Nights.  NYBG’s Chihuly exhibition is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. After sunset, the atmosphere is thrilling: experience the heightened drama and luminous quality of Dale Chihuly’s colors and forms when lit under the evening sky. In the Visitor Center plaza, a rotating lineup of performing artists and musicians provides entertainment while you relax and enjoy shopping, food, and Avión Tequila cocktails available for purchase.  Advance purchase recommended to guarantee admission; events do sell out. Events are rain or shine. Please note that CHIHULY Nights will not take place on September 1, 2, and 8. Read on for tips to help you plan your visit.

New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Gardening Classes  through October.  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:

Tues, Oct 3, 8:00am: Grounds for Sculpture.   Old Westbury Gardens is pleased to host a benefit trip to Grounds for Sculpture.  This sculpture park, founded in 1977 and located in Hamilton, New Jersey, includes many permanent and temporary exhibits featuring contemporary artists set amid a beautiful site-specific landscape.  The bus will leave at 8:00 am from the 60 Post Road entrance and the tour will begin at 11:15 am.  The bus is due back to Old Westbury Gardens around 7:30 pm.   The $99.00 fixed price includes a bagged lunch, a guided tour of the Seward Johnson collection, and bus fare.

Thurs, Oct 5, 7pm: Garden Color with Fall Bloomers. Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Fri, Oct 6: The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns begins.

Fri, Oct 6, 10am-12pm:  Put Your Garden to Bed –  What can you do this fall to ensure a healthy garden next spring? Get a head start on your best garden ever by taking care of it now! Learn techniques to improve soil quality, protect perennials and tender plants through the winter, eliminate choice over- wintering sites for insects and diseases, and manage all those fallen leaves.  NY Botancial Garden, Bronx. Price:  Member : $45.00, Non-Member : $49.00.

Sat, Oct 7, 10-11:30am:  The Autumn Herb Garden.  Autumn in the herb garden brings your focus to harvesting, drying and winter storage to preserve the harvest.  Learn from herbalist Heather Cusack to prepare for the planting of garlic, one of our favorite culinary and medicinal herbs, make and drink some delicious herbal tea mixtures, and take home several new recipes for use with your herbs.  This class will also include instruction on preparing fire cider, a winter herbal remedy which is also often used as a salad vinegar.  $20/person plus $10 materials fee. Space is limited, prepaid reservations required.  Rain or shine.  Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, 3005 Youngs Avenue, Southold.

Sat, Oct 7, 1-2:30pm: Planting Bulbs for Springtime Color.  Planning and planting for the spring garden starts now!  Meet us at Bridge Gardens for a workshop with the professionals at Summerhill Landscapes, and learn how to properly design with – and plant – a variety of bulbs that will provide early to late spring color in your garden.  Presentation will include information on sourcing, selecting, and planting bulbs. Every attendee will leave with bulbs to take home!  Workshop is in partnership with Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons.  $10/person, Free for Bridge Gardens and HAH members. Space is limited, prepaid reservations required. In the event of rain, we will move indoors.

Sat, Oct 7, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM: Garden Conservancy Open Days at two Suffolk County Gardens: Cutchogue & Shelter Island.  See

Sat, Oct 7, 1pm: DIY Fall Lawn Care. Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Sun, Oct 8,  9:45am – 1pm:  Just A Hike (W. Section), Caumsett State Park

Sun, Oct 8, 1:30-3:30 pm: Southside Autumn Walk, Caleb Smith State Park.  Adult.

3 Tuesdays, Oct 10, 17 & 24, 10am-1pm: Intro to Landscape Design –  Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home or who are considering a Certificate.  NY Botancial Garden, Bronx.  Price:  Member : $185.00, Non-Member : $205.00.

Wed, Oct 11 & Thurs Oct 12, 1pm: Afternoon Tea & Tour.   Enjoy an elegant full tea at Orchard Hill, featuring tea sandwiches, scones, seasonal desserts accompanied by a selection of our expressly prepared teas. A seasonal garden tour led by a volunteer docent and Master Gardener follows the meal. $40.00 / $37.00 member.  Advance tickets required.

Wed, Oct 11, 11am-12:30pm:  A WILDER WORLD: The Plants and Places that Inspired Laura Ingalls Wilder.   The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books was born from a life lived in partnership with the land, on homesteads she and her family settled across the Midwest. Through her writing and her deep connection to the natural world she captured the vast changes to the American landscape in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Come explore the natural history of Wilder’s American frontier and its relevance to “post-wild” design, horticulture, agriculture, and preservation today.   Price:  Member : $25.00, Non-Member : $29.00.  NY Botancial Garden, Bronx.

Thurs, Oct 12, 7pm: Community Tick Prevention Education Forum. Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Thurs, Oct 12, 1pm: Afternoon Tea & Tour: Enjoy an elegant full tea at Orchard Hill, Old Westbury Gardens, featuring tea sandwiches, scones, seasonal desserts accompanied by a selection of our expressly prepared teas. A seasonal garden tour led by a volunteer docent and Master Gardener follows the meal. $40.00 / $37.00 member.  Advance tickets required.

Sat, Oct 14, 10am-12pm: Create Your Own Captivating Fall Container – workshop.  Hands on workshop will demonstrate how to select, combine and properly plant a container using beautiful plants that can withstand cold temperatures and look beautiful beyond Thanksgiving. Cold hardy plants in a variety of colors, textures and forms will be provided which will include: natives, annuals, perennials, herbs and evergreens. Bring home a planter which will enhance your porch, walkway or front door. We will supply a 12 inch container, potting soil and plant material. Bring your own gardening gloves. Preregistration required! Admission fee: $40.00 for Sustainable Garden members, $50.00 for non-members. To Preregister: Telephone: (631) 420-2392 Email: Farmingdale State College’s Sustainable Garden, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Sat, Oct 14, 1pm: Landscaping with Trees & Shrubs.  Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Sat, Oct 14, 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden

Sat, Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Plein Air Through the Seasons – Fall Foliage.  Outdoor painting session at Planting Fields Arboretum.  Suggested list of materials:  Some form of drop cloth, any oil, acrylic, oil or dry pastels.  Bring a bag lunch or purchase snacks at COFFEED’s garden café inside the hay barn.  Contact Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or for more information.

Sat, Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm & Sun, Oct 15, 10am-4:40pm: LIDS Dahlia Flower & Photo Show.  LIDS has combined their two shows this year into one big flower and photography show. The displays and photographs will be in the Upper and Lower Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River.

Sun, Oct 15, 11am–12pm:  Nature Walk with Brad Klein: Autumn Bird Migration, Part 2.  Identify migratory birds passing through the NYC area and learn helpful birding tips from naturalist Brad Klein.

Wed, Oct 18, 9:30am-approximately 7:00pm: Trip to Kykuit & Union Church.  Clark Botanic Garden’s Fall bus trip to Sleepy Hollow, an historic river town of Westchester County, to tour Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family.   Fee: $100 for members, $115 for non-members or guests.

Sun, Oct 19,  1:00 pm Tutorial: Dividing Irises presented by the Long Island Horticultural Society.

Thurs, Oct 19, 11am: Gardening by the Book: Every Lady Her Own Flower Gardener.  Writer and historian Arete Warren will discuss and share illustrated volumes about gardening, dating from the 17th–20th centuries. All are from the Garden Club of America Library, of which Ms. Warren is chairman. A buffet lunch on the West Porch will follow. $22.00 / $20.00  member. Advance tickets required.

Thurs, Oct 19, 7pm: Putting your Garden to Bed. Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Sat, Oct 21, 1pm: Pruning for the Home Gardener.  Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Sat Oct 21, 10:00am–12:00pm: “Skip the Grocery Store: Growing Greens and Herbs in a Cool Season Climate!”    Preregistration required;  Limited to 15 people. Discover the wide world of flavor packed in nutrient rich herbs and greens. In this presentation you will learn what it takes to sow a continuous harvest of healthy edible plants for the fall and winter seasons. We’ll uncover growing strategies for outdoor and indoor environments that can supplement your diet and satisfy the urge of gardeners who love to cook.    Presenter bio: Michael Veracka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design at Farmingdale State College, and the creator of the Sustainable Garden. A former organic farmer who now focuses on edible landscaping, Michael encourages everyone to grow a portion of their own food. Admission fee: $15.00 for Sustainable Garden members $25.00 for non-members   Meet at the Sustainable Garden Kiosk  All events held rain or shine! To Preregister: Telephone: (631) 420-2392   Email:

Sat, Oct 21, 11am–3pm:  Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Mini-Tours, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  This tour highlights many Japanese garden elements and showcases the beginning fall color change of Japanese maples, ginkgoes, and weeping cherries.

Sat, Oct 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Preparing Your Garden for Winter.  Autumn is here, and it’s time to put the garden to bed for the season. Join QBG Farm & Compost staff to learn how to care for your soil during fall and winter. We’ll discuss soil testing, cover crops, mulch, and compost application. Registration required.  Queens Botanical Garden.

Sat, Oct 21, 2pm–5pm:  Creating an Indoor Garden – Adult Workshop.  Preregistration Required.  Learn how to create an indoor garden that maximizes greenery in minimal space.

Sun, Oct 22, 11am–1pm:  Flower Arranging for the Senses – Adult Workshop.  Through the practice of guided meditation, learn flower prep, design, and aftercare with a heightened awareness and sense of calm, and take home a stunning arrangement. Preregistration Required.

Sun, Oct 22, 2pm-4pm: DIY Seed Saving – Adult Workshop.  Preregistration Required. Learn to collect and store vegetable and flower seeds— a valuable part of the gardener’s tool kit.

Sun, Oct 22, 2–5pm:  Kokedama: Hanging Garden Workshop  – Adult Workshop.  Learn the art of kokedama, the cultivation of a plant encased in a hanging ball of moss, and make two kokedama plantings to take home.   Preregistration Required.

Thurs, Oct 26, 7pm: Fall Planting of Spring Flowering Bulbs.  Presentation provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County lasts 75-90 minutes with Q&A.  Free.  At East Meadow Farm.

Fri & Sat, Oct 27 & 28: Spooly Walk at Clark Botanic Garden

Sat, Oct 28, 11:00 am ~ 1:00pm:   Fall Seasonal Stroll at Caumsett State Park. Adult.

Sat, Oct 28, 1:00pm-2:30pm: Floral Finale Walk at Longhouse Reserve, with Horticulturist Alex Feleppa.  133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton.  $20, members complimentary.

Sun, Oct 29, 9:30 am to 10:30 am:  Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden.


November Preview:

Sat & Sun, Nov 4 & 5: Long Island Chrysanthemum Show at Hicks Nursery, Westbury.

Fri, Nov 17, 8am-5pm:  LI Native Plant Initiative’s Native Plant Symposium “Flora and Fauna” at Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall,  Farmingdale, NY. Lunch, Refreshments and Tradeshow Included with Registration.

Sun, Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m.: Wreath Making Workshop at Madoo.  Sign up today for our great wreath making workshop. Learn how to make imaginative holiday wreaths. Take home your own masterpiece made with greens from Broken Arrow and the gardens at Madoo. Registration required.  Fee includes materials to make your own wreath (pls. bring pruners and work gloves). Member Fee: $50.00, Non-Member Fee: $60.00.


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