Garden Events for December 2017


Dec 4, 10:00 am – Jan 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm: HOLIDAY POINTSETTIA DISPLAY.   Planting Fields Arboretum 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.

Through Jan 15, 2018: The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

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.

Tuesday–Friday, December 2017–February 2018: Free Winter Weekdays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Experience the serenity and wonder of the Garden with free weekday admission and programs for the entire family!

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

Throughout December: Cream Tea and Tours at Old Westbury Gardens.  Call a group of friends and relatives and enjoy a cream tea, which features scones, clotted cream and jam, and tea.  Then take a tour with one of our wonderful Volunteer Docents of the Magical Westbury House.  Each room is designed and decorated by our very talented horticultural staff.  Natural greenery is used extensively adding a wonderful aroma of the season.  What a wonderful way to get everyone together at holiday time.  Advance reservations required.

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

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.

Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed, 1–2 p.m. through March: Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tours at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Tour the exotic flora of tropical, desert, and Mediterranean climates without leaving Brooklyn.   Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary.

Dated Events: 

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, & Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Seasonal Garden Tours.  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, Dec 2, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Natural Perfume Blending Adult Workshop. Examine the art of natural perfumery, explore perfume ingredients and formulation, and leave with two bottles of your own bespoke perfume. Preregistration Required.  Brooklyn Botanic 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.

Sat, Dec. 2 at 10:00 a.m.: Wreath Making with Lilee Fell. Learn how to make imaginative holiday wreaths with Lilee Fell of Bridgehampton’s Lilee Fell Flowers. Take home your own masterpiece made with greens from Madoo and Lilee’s chic holiday trims. 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, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Winter Nature Walk. Observe the birds, mammals, and insects that remain active in winter.  Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour.

Sun, Dec 3, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.: Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour.  Join licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG guide Lynne Spevack for this narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums.

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.

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, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Organic Flower Arranging Adult Workshop. Preregistration Required.  Learn the basics of free-form flower arranging without floral foam or traditional frogs.

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.

Wed, Dec 6, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Sustainable Lawn Care.  Get a crash course on organic lawn management in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn appropriate timing, application quantities, and techniques for using compost in lawn care. Then they’ll head outside with our staff to try it themselves! Hear from the Horticulture experts on the practices used at QBG to keep our lawns pesticide and herbicide free. Registration required.

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 Required.    Register online:

Sat, Dec 9, 1:00pm-2:30pm: Harvesting for the Holidays Walk with Alex Feleppa.  Long House Reserve, East Hampton.
Limit 25 people (not recommended for children).  $20 non-members; members complimentary.

Sun, Dec 10, 12:30 PM – 02:15 PM: Tracks & Traces (Adult Program) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-onprogram, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children).  Registration: Required.

Tue, 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.

Wed, Dec 13, or Thurs, Dec 14, 10 AM – 2 PM:  Holiday Greenery Workshop.  Decorate your table and home for the holidays by learning techniques of arranging flowers, berries, nuts, and fresh greens from Clark Botanic Garden’s staff. Take home three beautiful holiday arrangements that you personally design with lovely and unusual trim and ribbons. Materials supplied. You will be surprised at how creative you can be. Come with a friend or friends and see how much fun you can have!   Please bring gloves, pruning shears, wire cutters, scissors, and your lunch. Consider also bringing your own favorite bowl or container for one of your arrangements.  $90 for Members; $105 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Wed, Dec 13, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Caring for Annual Plant Beds.  QBG Horticulture and Compost team up to get the Garden ready for the cool weather. The annuals have been removed and the perennials cut back. Now we will apply a method of no-till soil amending to enrich our soil for next year’s blooms. Learn how to prepare your annual plant beds by adding shredded leaves and compost. Participants will be helping us with the work—dress for the weather! Registration required:

Sat, Dec 16, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Kokedama: Hanging Garden Workshop.  Preregistration Required.   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.

Sun, Dec 17, 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM: Winter Seasonal Stroll (Adult Program) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.  On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, You will discover that nature is beautiful and interesting in the winter too.  Registration: Required.

Sat, Dec 23, 10:30 AM – 01:45 PM: Just a Hike (Serpentine) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.  Registration: Required.

Sat, Dec 30, 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM: Photo Op Walk (Adult Program) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we’ll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills.  Registration: Required.

January 7, February 4, March 4, 2018, 11–12 a.m.: Winter Nature Walks at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Join naturalist Bradley Klein and look for birds, mammals, and insects that remain active in winter, and observe clues hinting at life sleeping through the season.  Free with Garden admission.



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