Garden Events for November 2017


Tai Chi & Yoga at Old Westbury Gardens throughout Autumn.

Fridays through Nov 17: Farmers Market at Queens Botanical Garden.

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

New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Gardening Classes  through November.  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.

Through April 22, 2018: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens.  The American Society of Botanical Artists’ third triennial exhibition explores the theme of trees in public gardens. The 45 works displayed in this juried exhibition depict a wide range of tree specimens from international botanical gardens and arboreta.  This international collection of artists has depicted everything from seed pods, to branches and bark, to an entire forest floor. Location NY Botanical Garden Ross Gallery.

Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed, 1–2 p.m. through Nov 29: Seasonal Highlights Tours at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Meet at Magnolia Plaza by the building steps.  Glimpse BBG’s colorful foliage and other highlights of the fall season in this free Garden-wide guided walk.
Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary.

Opening Nov 22 through Jan 15: The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Saturdays through Nov. 25: Open Days at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton.

Dated Events: 

Wed, Nov 1, 6-8pm:  Composting With Lovely Red Worms.  Compost your food scraps and harvest nutrient-rich vermicompost all year long by harnessing the power of worms.   Learn how to make and maintain an indoor vermicomposting system. For information about buying worms at this workshop, email at least two weeks in advance.   Class size is limited, and there may be a waiting list of people who would like to attend. If you can’t attend class, thank you for calling 718-623-7220 to cancel your registration so that someone else may take your place.   There are 2 openings remaining at this time.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Thurs, Nov 2, 1-4pm: Horticulture Volunteer Day at Queens Botanical Garden. Help keep QBG clean, green, and growing! Join our horticulture staff for an engaging, educational event where you will learn gardening basics and work hands-on with our plants. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 4, 10am and again at 1pm:  Fall Foliage Walk with Horticulturist Alex Feleppa at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton. Members complimentary, Non-Members $20.

Sat, Nov 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Seasonal Garden Tour at Queens Botanical Garden. On the first weekend of each month, explore seasonal garden highlights with our knowledgeable staff on a tour from 1 to 2pm. Plus, every weekend from 2 to 4pm, check out our activity table!

Sat, Nov 4, 9am: Early Bird Walk. A wildlife expert from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center leads an outdoor tour of Old Westbury Gardens and shares expertise on local species. Bring binoculars for a closer look. All ages welcome.

Sat, Nov 4, 10:00am – 11:30am:  Poinsettias – A Tour of Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Center Moriches.  Presented by the Peconic Land Trust. $10/person.

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

Sat, Nov 4 10am-3pm: Pruning: How, When, and Where –  This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners! We will discuss tool selection and maintenance, while we practice techniques using potted plants (at NYBG) and trees in the landscape (at NCNC). Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.  Price:  Member : $119, Non-Member : $129.  New York Botanical Garden.

Mon, Nov 6, 7:30pm: Mid Island Dahlia Society Meeting with presentation about storing your tubers and planning your garden for next year. The meeting is open to the public. Free refreshments.  For more information please go to or contact President Tom Cleere at 631-838-7370.  Location: Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, Westbury.

Sat, Nov 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Complimentary admission to all veterans and members of the military to Old Westbury Gardens. Please present your military ID upon arrival.

Sat, Nov 11, 10-11:30am: Organic Rose Care. Putting the rose garden to bed for the winter is an important step in the health of your roses come next spring.  Final workshop in this organic rose series with a discussion on techniques that will benefit your roses as the colder weather sets in. Led by Garden Manager Rick Bogusch and Paul Wagner, owner of Greener Pastures Organics, you’ll learn the necessary mulching, pruning and soil care for the dormant season to help reduce overwintering disease spores and insect activity. This workshop series is a partnership with Perfect Earth Project.Space is limited, reservations requested. Rain or shine. To register contact: Robin L. Harris, 631-283-3195, Bridgehampton.

Sat, Nov 11, 10:30-11:30 am: Forcing Bulbs for the Winter, Adult Workshop.  1-hour presentation on forcing bulbs to beutify your house during the winter.  $15.00 / $5.00 Member. Advance registraiton required. To register ONLINE please CLICK HERE.

Sat, Nov 11, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Nature on the Move (Eastern Section), Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  Maintain a slow to moderate pace for 4 miles as we observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.  Registration: Required..

Sun, Nov 12, 11am–1pm:  Flower Arranging for the Senses.  Adult Workshop.  Through the practice of guided meditation, learn flower preparation, design, and aftercare with a heightened awareness and sense of calm. You’ll leave feeling more relaxed and with a stunning arrangement to take home. $91 member; $95 nonmember. (Fee includes $40 materials charge.)  Preregistration Required.

Tues, Nov 14, 7:30 PM:  Carolyn Flynn: “The Evolution of Trees and Herbaceous Plants in the Lands of the Nissequogue River Corridor.”  Throughout history, geology and related flora have had an important influence on land use by people and, more recently, we have greatly impacted the vegetation of our land. We will discuss land use from Native American times to the present and examine historic vegetation maps to explore some of the changes on the north shore lands of western Suffolk County.   Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University. Presented by the Long Island Botanical Society.

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.

Sat, Nov 18,11am-1pm: Simple and Affordable Floral Arranging, Adult Worshop.  Member Fee: $63, Nonmember Fee: $68. Materials Charge: $30. There are 5 openings remaining at this time.

Sat, Nov 18, 10am-1pm: Native Grasses: Providing Fall Splendor. Native grasses are some of the most low maintenance plants in the garden and add a compelling element to landscape design. They come in many heights, textures, and colors, while seed heads and foliage provide fall and winter interest. Discover the full and rich variety of grasses in the Native Plant Garden that can be used as groundcovers, specimen plants, vertical design elements, and also for erosion control. Please dress for the weather.   Price:  Member : $69  Non-Member : $75.   New York Botanical Garden. 

Sat, Nov 18, 10:30am:  Thanksgiving Centerpiece, Adult Workshop.  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 Scott Lucas, Head Grower and florist for Westbury House, this centerpiece workshop at the Gardens  teaches students how to create a stunning arrangement,  Participants will create a centerpiece through the use of a variety of textures and colors. Registration fee includes all materials. $50.00 / $45.00 Member. Advance registraiton required.

Sun, Nov 19, 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Intro to Wilderness Survival (Adult Program). Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we’ll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 16 will be permitted. There will be some sitting on the grass. Registration: Required.

Sun, Nov 19, 1:00 pm Tutorial:  Anne Cognati, Old Wives’ Tales;  2:00 pm Amy Ziff er, Garden Designer.  At the monthly meeting of the Long Island Horticultural Society.  Location: Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay.

 Sun, Nov 19, 1-3 pm: Floral Design Workshop: Holiday Centerpiece.  Try your hand at creating your own holiday centerpiece! Participants will be introduced to tips and techniques used by pros, and take home their own centerpiece. All materials provided. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 25, 10:00 AM – 01:15 PM: Just a Hike (Adult Program). Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this 6-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.   Registration: Required.


December Preview:

Fri, Dec 1, 10-11:30am:   What Plants Can Teach Us – A Talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer, inspiration for Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.   In this wide-ranging talk, Kimmerer shares insights from her current research and her book Braiding Sweetgrass, as well as her fervent belief that if we claim our own agency in tending to Earth, we can restore the relationship between plants and people.  Price:  Member : $25, Non-Member : $29.   New York Botanical Garden.

Sat, Dec 2, 11am – 12:30pm: Holiday Wreath Workshop with Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension.  Create a seasonal wreath for your home or to give as a wonderful gift! We provide wreath frame, wire, freshly harvested greens from our farm, pinecones, decorative berries, and ribbon. Bow making lesson available. PLEASE BRING hand pruners, garden gloves, and any additional décor you may prefer.  NOTE: Due to safety and space restrictions, no children under 10 will be permitted. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. MAX 2 people per wreath. Register early, space is limited! Call 631-852-4600 to register. M-F, 9am-3pm.  Fee $25 per wreath, ages 10 and over.  Contact Kaylyn Reynolds,, 631-852-4600 . Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank.

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.

Sun, Dec 3, 2-4pm:  Organic Flower Arranging. Explore free-form flower arranging without floral foam or traditional frogs. Using romantic blossoms, exotic textures, and garden greens, learn the basics of arranging with a natural flare. All floral materials will be sourced domestically for seasonal beauty. Florals, vase, and instructions are included: Shears will be available for day-of use. Discussion topics include flower sourcing, arranging techniques, flower care, and elements of balance in a highly organic arrangement.  Member Fee: $32, Nonmember Fee: $36. Materials Charge: $90.

Sun, Dec 3, 2-4pm: Wreath Making Workshop.  $35 pp includes materials and light refreshments.  Using plain evergreen wreaths, create a beautiful decoration to grace your front door or mantle.  Led by Diana Conklin, of Everlastings by Diana, who brings a wealth of additional locally-grown greens, dried flowers, seed pods and berries for you to enhance the basic form.  Bring your ribbons, seashells, feathers, lights, or other decorative items if you would like – Diana will help you make your vision come true! Bring work gloves and clippers. Limited space available, prepaid reservations required with credit card, call today. Rain or shine.  To register contact: Rick Bogusch or Kathleen Kennedy, 631-283-3195,

Sun, Dec 3, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM: History of Caumsett (Adult Program).  Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park’s social, economic, architectural and political history.  Registration: Required.

Dec 4, 10:00 am – January 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm:  Holiday Pointsettia Display.  Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. The Main Greenhouse will have a Holiday Pointsettia & Cyclamen Display during the month of December.  You can see this holiday display daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm and it is free with admission. The Park is closed on Christmas Day.  For specific questions about the display, please contact the Park Office (516) 922-8600.

Sat, Dec 9, 1pm: Adult Workshop: Christmas Wreath-making.  Join Scott Lucas, Old Westbury Gardens’ head gardener and Westbury House floral designer, and create a stunning wreath in the “Old Westbury Gardens” style. $50.00 / $45.00 member.  Advance Registration Requried.    Register online:

Tu, Dec 12, 6-7:30pm: Class: Treating Colds and Flus Naturally.  We sometimes forget that plants have been used to treat the common cold and the flu for millennia. Discover how herbs and spices can help boost your immune system, relieve stress, and complement your medical protocol in general.  Member Fee: $24, Non-member: $27, Materials: $9.



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