Garden Events for Feb-March 2018

Ongoing:

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. https://www.nybg.org/event/asba-triennial-woods/

ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism will host herb master classes offered by expert local, national, and international teachers.  Classes are open to the public and are held at ArborVitae classroom: 80 8th Avenue, NY, NY. Unless otherwise noted, classes are 2 1/2 hrs. long, and are often held on Monday evenings (6:30-9 pm). The community classes span a broad range of topics. Our comprehensive workshops vary in level (introductory to advanced) and are often taught by our visiting and local faculty to offer the community the opportunity to learn from these renowned herbalist teachers. https://arborvitaeny.com/herbalism-classes/

Tuesday–Friday, through February & March: 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! https://www.bbg.org/visit/winter

Once per month from April to September: Recycle the Rain (Rain Barrel) – for North Hempstead residents only.  Recycle your rainwater to use for irrigation of your yard and garden, instead of using precious groundwater resources.  Attendees can purchase a discounted 50-gallon rain barrel.  Class is free, discounted rain barrel costs $50 (only check or credit/debit cards accepted; NO CASH*).  Registration is required (please bring I.D.).  30 minutes.  Classes held at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.   http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/Composting-Rain-Barrels-and-Gardens

Wednesdays at 11am: Free Guided Ground Tours of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, NY.  http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, April 22: The NY Botanical Garden Orchid Show.  Now in its 16th year, The Orchid Show will showcase thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series of installations crafted by Daniel Ost—each a living sculpture that celebrates the complex beauty of these stunning flowers.    https://www.nybg.org/

New York Botanical Garden Adult Education Gardening Classes.  Numerous classes for all levels of gardeners.  http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10105

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.  https://www.bbg.org

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Bird Walks at NYBG.  Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with a bird expert. You’ll search for  our feathered friends and learn more about  bird-friendly habitats, passage birds, and  those that make a permanent home at the  Garden.
Included in the All Garden Pass.  https://www.nybg.org/event/bird-walks/

Once per month from April to September: Learn How to Compost –  for 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, discounted composter costs $50 (only check or credit/debit cards accepted; NO CASH*).  Registration is required (please bring I.D.).  30 minutes.  Classes held at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.   http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/Composting-Rain-Barrels-and-Gardens

Dated Events: 

Saturday, February 10: Wake Up Your Garden Saturday – at NY Botanical Garden.  Several classes during the day to get your garden started right.  http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10105

Sunday, February 11, Madoo Winter Lectures:  three lectures (see Feb 18 & March 11th also)  exploring landscape architecture and our waterways.  The Madoo Conservancy.  See http://www.madoo.org/programs/lectures/.

Tues, February 13,  2:30 p.m.: Winter Wonderland Tree Tour at NY Botanical Garden. Meet at the Reflecting Pool and embark on an invigorating 45- minute walk to view the Garden’s stately conifer collection and old growth forest in the beauty of winter. Even in cold weather there’s plenty of interest in our gardens and collections.   https://www.nybg.org/

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 pm: Introduction to Dahlia Forms and Colors!  Learn how to identify the many different forms of dahlias.  And “Dahlia 101 – How to make Cuttings”: Learn how and when to start to make cuttings from tubers.  At the monthly meeting of the LI Dahlia Society.  East Islip Public Library.  http://www.longislanddahlia.org/

Saturday, February 17, 12:30pm: Winter Wonderland Tree Tour at NY Botanical Garden.  See February 13 above for details. 

Sunday, February 18: Madoo Winter Lectures – lecture exploring landscape architecture and our waterways.  The Madoo Conservancy.  See http://www.madoo.org/programs/lectures/.

Wednesday, February 21st, 1 PM:  Let’s Chat About Our Gardens.  Ward off the cold winter and “dream” about upcoming Spring and beautiful flowers. Share your garden experiences with your fellow gardeners, and learn with what plants and/or garden ideas others have had success or failure. Ideas and tips from other gardeners are invaluable. Bring in pictures of your garden, favorite plants, and any “problem” plants. Jim Newman, a resident horticulturist, will be on hand to answer your questions and tell us what’s happening in the greenhouse. This is an informal “chat session” where we swap ideas about the world of plants. Join us for a fun afternoon when we will share some coffee, tea, cake, and gardening “stories.”  Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.  $10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members;  Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.   http://www.clarkbotanic.org/

Saturday, Feb 24, 10am-2:30pm: Basic Color Theory for Gardeners –  Learn how to effectively use color in plant combinations. Study the properties of value, hue, and intensity as they relate to choosing specific garden plants. Visual presentations and discussions are used to analyze various color schemes including analogous, sequential, complementary, and monochromatic. Please bring lunch.   Members $99; Non-Members $109.  New York Botanical Garden. https://www.nybg.org/

Saturday, February 24, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Beekeeping for Beginners Class at CCE-Nassau Environmental Horticulture Office.  For new beekeepers and anyone interested in finding out what is involved in beekeeping. Topics covered include: What’s inside the hive, bee biology and life cycle, bee hive pests and diseases, Beekeeper’s Good Neighbor Policy, record keeping, and beekeeping equipment.   Class is limited to 20 participants, please sign up early.  Fee: $50 per person and includes the book “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees”. Bagels, coffee, tea, and water will be served.
See http://ccenassau.org/events/2018/02/24/beekeeping-for-beginners-class for more info.

Sun, February 25, 12:30pm: Winter Wonderland Tree Tour at NY Botanical Garden.  See Feb. 13 above for details.

Sun, February 25, 1pm: Tutorial – Laura Weil, LIHS Member: Houseplants; 2:00 pm – Main speaker – Cathy Guzzardo: Roses for Sustainability.  At the montly meeting of the LI Horticultural Society.  Planting Fielda Arboretum.  http://www.lihort.org/programs/index.html

Sunday, Feb 25, 9am-4pm:  Landscaping with Perennials –  Learn the basics to successfully cultivate perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools and planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.  Members $139; Non-Members $155.  New York Botanical Garden.  https://www.nybg.org/

Monday, Feb 26, 6pm-8pm: A Garden Design Primer – Take all your garden ideas and start putting them into place with this practical overview of garden design principles that ensure the best layout plan and circulation patterns. Learn how to analyze the space and create the perfect proportions that complement both home and garden, resulting in a coherent landscape design.   Member : $39, Non-Member : $45.  https://www.nybg.org/

Tues, February 27,  2:30 p.m.: Winter Wonderland Tree Tour at NY Botanical Garden. Meet at the Reflecting Pool and embark on an invigorating 45- minute walk to view the Garden’s stately conifer collection and old growth forest in the beauty of winter. Even in cold weather there’s plenty of interest in our gardens and collections.   https://www.nybg.org/

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am-3pm: Perennial Plant Combinations – Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants to create a harmonious look for your garden come spring. Please bring lunch.  Member : $79  Non-Member : $85.  https://www.nybg.org/

Saturday March 3 – Sunday March 11, 2018: The Philadelphia Flower Show.  For more details see https://theflowershow.com/plan-your-visit/show-info/

Sat, March 3 & Sun, Mar 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Seasonal Garden Tours.  The first weekend of each month at Queens Botanical Garden.  https://queensbotanical.org/

Sat, Mar 3, 10am-1pm: Intensive Home Growing Techniques for Homegrown Edibles – Learn how to grow more fruits and vegetables in less space by making the most of your growing area and by extending the gardening season. Discover organic methods that take advantage of passive solar heating, vertical space, raised beds, and other techniques. Enjoy nutritious, freshly picked garden produce as early as April and then just keep on picking.   Member : $59  Non-Member : $65.  https://www.nybg.org/

Sun, 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.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/winter_nature_walks_with_bradley_klein_2017 

Sunday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m.: Clark Botanic Garden’s “Fireside Chat” with Nelson Sterner, Executive Director of Bayard Cutting Arboretum.   This program will outline and describe the many landscape projects he has worked on. Bayard has extensive plantings of evergreens, azaleas, hollies and oaks, wildflowers, woodland & perennial gardens, bordered by a walking path along the Connetquot River. There will be a sign-up sheet at this program  to register in advance for an upcoming bus trip to the Arboretum in May.  FEE: $10 for Clark Garden Members; $12 for Non-Members. Refreshments served. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Maria Morgan at (516) 484.8603 to register and/or with any questions.  http://www.clarkbotanic.org/

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (inclement weather back-up date Saturday, March 10): Clark Botanic Garden/Philadelphia Flower Show Trip – Leave Clark Botanic Garden at 9 AM, return approximately 8 PM.  $85 for members, $100 for non-members or guests.  The fee covers the cost of the bus and the Show’s admission ticket. Lunch may be purchased at the many concession stands at the Show, or across the street at the famous Reading Terminal Market.  This very popular trip fills up quickly, call Maria Morgan at (516) 484-8603 with any questions and/or for further details.  http://www.clarkbotanic.org

Wednesday, March 7: Old Westbury Gardens Trip to the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show – “Wonders of Water”.    The show will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water.  https://www.oldwestburygardens.org/se_flower_show_030718.htm

Thurs, March 8, 10:30am-1:30pm: Get More From Your Vegetable Garden – Abundant and delicious home-grown vegetables can be a huge commitment-so it pays to be smart with your time and labor. Learn techniques such as succession and companion planting, stacking, and vertical growing so you can enjoy a steady harvest, a wide variety of delicious vegetables, and a garden that almost takes care of itself. Imagine that! New York Botanical Garden.  Member : $55, Non-Member : $59;   https://www.nybg.org/

Sunday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.: Garden Getaways – “Fireside Chat” with Pat Sommerstad.  There are over 35 beautiful public gardens in the immediate New York area with more than 10 of them right here on Long Island.  Take a walk with Pat “down the garden path” to see their rich color palettes, view their prized collections and experience their varying beauty through the seasons. Comprehensive handouts will include itineraries, garden descriptions and locations, where to relax over a pleasant meal close by and other nearby attractions. And prizes will be awarded!  Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.  FEE: $10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members. Refreshments served.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Call Maria Morgan at (516) 484.8603 to register and/or with any questions.   http://www.clarkbotanic.org/

Sun, March 11: Madoo Winter Lectures – lecture exploring landscape architecture and our waterways.  The Madoo Conservancy.  See http://www.madoo.org/programs/lectures/.

Sunday, March 11, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Start Your Summer Veggies.  Cultivate your green thumb at Queens Botanical Garden with resident plant expert Fred Gerber, in an introductory workshop on starting your summer vegetables indoors. Participants take home a starter garden!
Registration required.  https://queensbotanical.org/  

Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm: (before the meeting of the LI Botanical Society): Lois Lindberg: “Shu Swmp Preserve and the Beaver Brook Watershed.”  Shu Swamp Preserve, officially the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary in Mill Neck, is a 60-acre jewel of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary system of preserves and is one component of the larger Beaver Brook Watershed. Acquisitions by Nassau County and the North Shore Land Alliance have added critical parcels that create a natural corridor to protect this valuable ecosystem. This program will explore the area’s beauty and biodiversity, especially highlighting the wildflowers and other flora of this special place.  Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich.  http://www.libotanical.org/programs.html

Saturday, March 24, 10:00am – 11:30am: Intro to BeeKeeping with the Peconic Land Trust.  Location: 36 Mitchell La, Bridgehampton. $5 / Free to BG Members.  Become a beekeeper and help Long Island’s bees thrive.  Local beekeepers John and Sofia Witzenbocker will join the Peconic Land Trust to provide an introduction to beekeeping, what you can expect the first year, as well as what you can do to attract pollinators to your garden. Space is limited, reservations required.  To register call 631-283-3195 or email events@peconiclandtrust.org.  https://peconiclandtrust.org/

Sun, March 25, 1 pm: Tutorial – Stella Miller, formerly with Audubon Society: Birds in Your Garden;  2:00 pm – Main speaker – Vinnie Simeone: Gold Medal Plants.  At the montly meeting of the LI Horticultural Society.  Planting Fielda Arboretum.  http://www.lihort.org/programs/index.html

Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Art in the Garden: Hope Artist Talk and Horticulture Walk at Queens Botanical Garden. Join artist Laura Fantini and QBG’s horticultural staff for a discussion of the stories behind her work and a walk to see different depicted species growing in QBG’s living collections.  Registration required.  https://queensbotanical.org/

Preview for Spring:

Look for the American Rhododendron Society’s Spring Flower Show in April.  Details t/b/d.  http://www.nyrhododendron.org/

Saturday, April 07, 10:00am – 11:30am: The Vegetable Garden, Step 1: Seeds and Soil.  Presented by the Peconic Land Trust. Join Garden Manager Rick Bogusch for tips on growing your own fresh food, including selecting and buying seeds, when to start seeds indoors and out, and necessary steps for soil and bed preparations. Proper fertilization and tips on harvesting until December will also be presented. Space is limited, reservations requested.   To register call 631-283-3195 or email events@peconiclandtrust.org.  $5 / Free to BG Members.  https://peconiclandtrust.org/

Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 a.m.: Waking Up The Garden – Jim Newman, a resident horticulturist at Clark Botanic Garden, will get us started on the spring gardening season. He will review highlights of what Clark Botanic Garden has to offer, as he walks us around and demonstrates pruning techniques, division of plants, and general garden care, and will answer your gardening questions. This year’s program also will include a tour of the greenhouse. The lecture is held outdoors;  dress accordingly. FEE: $10.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Maria Morgan at (516) 484.8603 to register and/or with any questions. http://www.clarkbotanic.org/

Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.: Sustainable Yard Care.  A Town of North Hempstead Home Sustainability class.  Find out how you can make your yard more sustainable by saving water, creating wildlife habitat, using alternatives to pesticides, applying fertilizer properly and more!  Your yard can still look good while being healthy for the environment!  FREE. Open to all members of the public but registration is encouraged.  90 minutes. Classes held at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.   http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/Composting-Rain-Barrels-and-Gardens

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Spring Gardening School 2018.  All classes are taught by Master Gardener Volunteers and Extension Educators. The day consists of workshops held during three sessions, offering information for beginners to advanced gardeners; and a keynote address on “The High Line: Lessons for Your Garden: by Roxanne Zimmer, PhD, MGV, Peconic. Included in the fee are free soil pH testing, a plant diagnostic clinic, gardening exhibits, and an early plant sale from some of the finest nurseries on Long Island; continental breakfast, delicious boxed lunch, raffles and door prizes.  See  http://ccesuffolk.org/events/2018/04/14/spring-gardening-school-2018 for more info.

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. and Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.: Build a Rain Garden.  A Town of North Hempstead Home Sustainability class.  Reduce stormwater pollution and flooding!  Recharge and purify our drinking water! Provide food & habitat for wildlife!  Rain gardens capture stormwater and let it filter slowly into the ground.  A rain garden specialist will teach you how to build one and select plants, using Clark’s demonstration rain garden.  FREE.  Open to all members of the public but registration is encouraged.  90 minutes.  Classes held at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.   http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/Composting-Rain-Barrels-and-Gardens

Saturday, May 19, 12 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, 12 p.m.: Native Plant Gardening.  A Town of North Hempstead Home Sustainability class.  Conserve water!  Reduce fertilizers and pesticides!  Provide food and habitat for wildlife!  The president of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative will teach you how to build and select plants for native gardens.  FREE!  Open to all members of the public; registration is encouraged.  60 minutes.  Classes held at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.   http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/Composting-Rain-Barrels-and-Gardens

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