Garden Events for April 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/

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

Through 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

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, March 31: Old Westbury Gardens open to the public.  https://www.oldwestburygardens.org

Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Spring Migration Part 1.  Spot spring birds with naturalist Brad Klein. Bring binoculars if you have them.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Monday, April 2, 7:30 pm: MidIsland Dahlia Society meeting.  Open to the public – discussions will include getting started in the garden, what to do in April, dividing tubers, taking cuttings, working with pot roots, and growing dahlias from seed. For more information please go to https://www.midislanddahlia.org or  contact Dr. Brian S. Meyer at 516-650-0595.   Westbury.

Saturday, April 7, 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 7, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Spring Watercolor Workshop I: Flowering Trees at Queens Botanical Garden. In this seasonal series of classes, learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors. This class will go out into the garden and use flowering trees like crabapples, witch hazel, and quince as inspiration. Recommended for adults and children ages 10+ (accompanied by participating adult).  Registration required.  Ticket Price: $15 Member; $20 Non-Member.   Garden Admission: FREE Member; regular rates apply for Non-Member.  http://queensbotanical.org/calendar/

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.:  Bronx Green-Up’s Fruit Tree Care workshop.  Learn the basics of maintaining healthy fruit trees.  Jardin la Roca, East 160th Street and Elton Avenue.  Pre-registration recommended. To reserve your place or for more information, please contact Bronx Green-Up at 718.817.8026 or bronxgreenup@nybg.org.

Saturday, April 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Starting Seeds at Quail Hill Farm.  Extra hands are needed for the Peconic Land Trust’s annual seeding workshop.  Work side by side with Farm Manager Layton Guenther to plant a variety of seeds in the trays destined for the greenhouse, and learn about the importance of making and using compost.  All participants are invited to return on May 19 to transplant the seedlings into the fields of the Farm. Rain or shine. Please park on Deep Lane, reached via Town Lane or Side Hill Lane, and meet Layton at the farm’s greenhouse. https://peconiclandtrust.org

Saturday, April 7 & Sunday April 8, 1-2pm: Seasonal Garden Tours at Queens Botanic Garden.  http://queensbotanical.org/calendar/

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Gardening to Attract and Support Birds.  Explore the best landscaping techniques and native plants for birds, and learn how to create a beautiful landscape that benefits many living creatures.  Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Tuesday, April 10, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.: Let Your Box Runneth Over with Foliage! Get step-by-step instructions for planting a dazzling, foliage-packed window box to carry home.  Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 PM: “Welwyn Preserve’s Forest: To Restore or Do Nothing.”  Presentation at the monthly meeting of the LI Botanical Society.  Years ago, “ancient,” “magnificent,” and “spectacular” were used to describe the 40-acre woodland in Welwyn Preserve, known for its grove of enormous oak and tulip trees. Today, sadly, invasive species are spreading unchecked. Learn about Welwyn’s plants in the context of the ecological restoration debate. Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich.  http://www.libotanical.org/programs.html

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-9pm:  Tom Stemmler of Daisy Garden will present at the monthly meeting of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society.  http://www.bcahortsociety.org/

Saturday April 14, 2018, 8:30am – 1:00pm:  “Reclaim Your Turf: Designing Sustainable Landscapes,” a conference at Farmingdale State College will feature talks and demonstrations about what makes FSC’s Sustainable Garden a unique horticultural experience. Learn about local plant communities; design projects modeled on regional ecosystems; acquire practical design, restoration, and management techniques; discover new ways to grow your skills and business; and create landscapes – all consistent with reverence for the planet.  Admission is $35, with a pre-registration price of $30; proceeds benefit the Sustainable Garden. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For tickets and information email Michael Veracka, Urban Horticulture & Design, call 631-420-2392, or see the department’s web site: https://www.farmingdale.edu/business/urban-horticulture

Saturday, April 14 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.

Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.:  Walking Meditation: Returning to Wonder in the Garden.  Experience peace and inspiration while taking a meditative walk through the Garden.  Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Grow a Culinary Garden.  Learn about the many edible plants that thrive in the average Brooklyn garden and take home a pack of seed bombs for easy-to-grow plants.  Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Native Gardening 101.  Learn the fundamentals of native gardening and take home a plant to kick-start your own native haven. Preregistration Required.   https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Sunday, April 15, 2:00pm – 4:00pm: 2018 Long Island Grown-Part III.  The Peconic Land Trust’s 5th Annual Spring Lecture Series at Bridge Gardens is here! The series feature presentations with local farmers and producers of specialty items. Come hear the stories of the men and women growing and producing food across Long Island, and learn about the innovative and entrepreneurial approaches they are taking.  Bridgehampton.  $30 per person / $25 Bridge Gardens Members.  https://peconiclandtrust.org

Wednesday, April 18, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.:  Waking Up the Garden for Spring.  Learn how and when to prepare your soil for new plantings, and get tips on how to plant seeds, transplant, and propagate.  Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM: LI Dahlia Society meeting & Tuber Sale.  A wide selection of tubers are available for sale. Bring your dahlia questions!  Location: East Islip Public Library.  http://www.longislanddahlia.org/

Saturday, April 21:  American Rhododendron Society’s Spring Flower Show in April.  At the Conference Center, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay.  http://www.nyrhododendron.org/

Saturday, April 21, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm: TULIP TIME! Celebrate spring with a visit to Queens Botanical Garden during the peak of tulip season. See over 20,000 bulbs!  Hourly Tulip Tours – 1, 2, 3pm, Jazz Music in the Garden – 4 to 5:30pm, included with admission.  Happy Hour – 4 to 5:30pm, Cash Bar. http://queensbotanical.org/calendar/

Saturday, April 21, 2-4pm: Spring Watercolor Workshop II: Spring Bulb Flowers.  In this seasonal series of classes, learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors. This class will go out into the garden and use tulips and other spring bulb flowers as inspiration. Recommended for adults and children ages 10+ (accompanied by participating adult).   Registration required.   $15 Member; $20 Non-Member (does not include garden admission).  http://queensbotanical.org/calendar/

Saturday, April 21, 9:00am – 11:00am: Earth Day Trail Walk with Peconic Land Trust.  Get outdoors this weekend and explore the trails of this beautiful 40-acre woodland and wetland preserve with Peconic Land Trust. Look for early migrating birds and other wildlife along the trails led by Trust V.P. Tim Caufield along with local birders Richard Wines and Nancy Gilbert. Bring binoculars or birding scope. Space is limited, reservations required. Rain cancels.   location: 11855 Route 48, East Marion.  Cost $5 per person.  https://peconiclandtrust.org

Saturday, April 21st and April 28th, 10am:  Long Island Native Plant Initiative Call for Volunteers. Our Seed Production Plots sustained some winter damage and we’re looking for some helpful hands to get things back in tip-top shape! These two dates will be spent finalizing repairs to the weed fabric that came lose over the winter.  Please email info@linpi.org for any questions and to RSVP.  Location: Sisters Of St. Joseph, Brentwood.  More volunteer days to come in May!  http://www.linpi.org/

Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-11:30am & again at 1-2:30pm: Spring Sneak Peek Walk at Longhouse Reserve.  For forty years Jack Lenor Larsen has spent his autumn days planting spring-blooming bulbs of all shapes, sizes, and colors throughout LongHouse’s 16-acres.  This month is one of the best times to view the garden.  Join Alex Feleppa for one of two tours to learn about our unparalleled spring bulb displays and to get a sneak peek of the new artwork on display for the 2018 season.   Tours sell out very quickly.  Limit 25 people per tour(not recommended for children).  $20 non-members; members complimentary.  Call (631) 329-3568 to RSVP or visit https://www.longhouse.org/pages/events

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Saturday, April 21, 10 AM: Southampton Rose Society Pruning and Planting Workshop.   Location: SRS Rose Garden at Roger’s Memorial Library, Southampton.  https://southamptonrose.org/ 

Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Flower Arranging for the Senses.  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.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/04

Sunday, April 22, 1:00 pm – LI Horticultural Society monthly meeting & Tutorial: Gardens of Central England.   2:00 pm – Main speaker – Stephen F. Byrns: Untermyer Gardenshttp://www.lihort.org/programs/index.html

Tuesday, April 24, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Hands On Soil Workshop.  Participants will have two hours of lecture on soils and how they impact the environment and two hours of hands on soil activities as well as receiving a copy of a brand new soils manual developed for this program.  $15 per person, light refreshments will be provided.   Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County – Extension Education Center, Riverhead.  Contact Marie Camenares at mc492@cornell.edu or 631-727-7850 x 382 for more information.  http://ccesuffolk.org/events/2018/04/24/hands-on-soil-workshop

Thursday, April 26, 8am-12pm: Hands On Soil Workshop.  See April 24th for details.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Environmental Horticulture Center, 832 Merrick Avenue East.  $15 per person, light refreshments will be provided.   http://ccenassau.org/events

Thursday, April 26, 6–7:30 p.m.: Compost Made Easy Workshop.  Hands-on outdoor composting basics. New York Botanical Garden.  Pre-registration recommended. To reserve your place or for more information,  please contact the NYC Compost Project at 718.817.8543 or compost@nybg.org.

Saturday, April 28, 2:00pm-5:00pm: Rites of Spring season opener at Longhouse Reserve.  Join us for our season opener, Rites of Spring with new art in the gardens and over one million daffodils in bloom.  $10 admission; members complimentary.  https://www.longhouse.org/pages/events

Saturday, April 28th, 10am:  Long Island Native Plant Initiative Call for Volunteers. Our Seed Production Plots sustained some winter damage and we’re looking for some helpful hands to get things back in tip-top shape! Day will be spent finalizing repairs to the weed fabric that came lose over the winter.  Please email info@linpi.org for any questions and to RSVP.  Location: Sisters Of St. Joseph, Brentwood.  More volunteer days to come in May!  http://www.linpi.org/

Saturday, April 28, 10:30am-12pm: Adult Workshop: Flowering Shrubs in Arrangements.  Floral arrangements have graced Westbury House since its completion in 1907.  Taught by Scott Lucas, Head Grower and florist for Westbury House, this floral design workshop teaches students how to create stunning arrangements &  provides them with lifelong skills. Participants will create a traditional arrangment through the use of a variety of textures and colors.  Registration fee includes all materials. $50.00 / $45.00 Members. Advance registraiton required.  https://www.oldwestburygardens.org/04_calendar.htm

MAY PREVIEW:

Tuesday, May 1, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Hands On Soil Workshop at Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson.  See April 24 for description.  Contact Bonnie Klein at 516-869-7637 for more information.

Thurs, May 3, 7-8 p.m. Wake Up Your Garden.  A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm. Successful gardens and landscapes are the result of proactive gardeners and growers! Learn what needs to be done to get your garden up and growing at the beginning of spring. Lawn care, soil testing, mulching, watering and the care of flowers and spring bulbs are some of the topics that will be discussed. Start the season off with a strong viable landscape.  Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

Saturday, May 5, 1-2 p.m. Gold Medal Plants. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm.  Covered in this presentation is the Gold Metal Plant Program for Long Island. These plants have proven performance, are pest-free and have multi-seasonal ornamental appeal for Long Island gardens. These plants are easily grown and readily available for Long Island. Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

Tues – Thurs, May 8, 9, 10, 9am-5pm: Farmingdale State College Plant Sale.  Rain or Shine. Wide variety of flowering annuals in flats, pots & baskets.  Many Farmingdale grown veggies, herbs, perennials & house plants. At the Horticultural Greenhouses. https://www.farmingdale.edu/business/urban-horticulture/

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30-9pm: Kerry Ann Mendez will present “The Right Size, Low Maintenance Flower Garden With Season long Color” at the monthly meeting of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society.  http://www.bcahortsociety.org/

Thurs, May 10, 7-8 p.m.  Let’s Bee Friends Club Meeting.  A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm.  No Fee. Join your neighbors for a friendly conversation about bees and other insects you might find in and around your home. Registration required.   http://ccenassau.org/events

Friday, May 11th, 10am-6pm & Saturday, May 12th, 10am-4pm:  Clark Botanic Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale.   Free Admission – Rain or Shine – cash or check only.  Featuring Native Plants: Annuals, Perennials, Herbs, Hanging Baskets, Trees & Shrubs, Vegetables.  http://www.clarkbotanic.org

Saturday, May 12, 1-2 p.m. Lawn Care & Our Environment. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm. This in-depth lecture will give you all the information you need to show off your lawn to your neighbors. Proper mowing, watering and fertilization, disease, insect and weed control, thatch and core aeration are just some of the topics discussed. The leaching potential of fertilizers and pesticides into Long Island ground water is high and will be an important focus. We will explain pesticides and who is allowed to use them as well as lawn care without pesticides. This is also a chance for the homeowner to become more informed so that they can have meaningful discussions with their landscaper.  Registration required.   http://ccenassau.org/events

Saturday, May 13:  Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale at Pine Lake on Montauk Hwy, West Islip.  Hosted by West Islip Beautification Society.

Tuesday, May 15, 7PM: LI Daylily Society Monthly Meeting & Annual Daylily Auction.  Planting Fields Arboretum Greenhouse Classroom, Oyster Bay.  http://www.lidaylily.org/Events.htm

Thurs, May 17, 7-8 p.m. Sustainability for the Home Gardener. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm.  This lecture will look at how the home gardener can incorporate sustainable gardening practices in their own home gardening. Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

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

Saturday, May 19, 1-2 p.m. Home Composting. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm. Learn Home Composting from a Presentation created by the Cornell Compost Committee Master Gardeners. Topics that will be discussed include: what to compost; how the process works; the importance of heat, oxygen and moisture; composting systems; uses of compost and its benefits.  Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

Thurs, May 24, 7-8 p.m. Container Gardening Made Easy. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm.  Not enough space or just want to add interest to your home? Learn about one of the hottest trends in gardening – growing plants in a wide variety of containers. A container garden can enhance an entranceway, solve a landscape challenge or beautify a deck or patio, or add elegance around a pool. Learn how to choose your container, design a container planting and maintain your mini garden throughout the garden season. Registration required.   http://ccenassau.org/events

Saturday, May 26, 1-2 p.m. Seashore Gardening. A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm.  Gardening along our Long Island coastlines presents many challenges. This lecture will assist you in planning and planting a successful seashore landscape. The presentation will provide information on soil, native plants, trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Seashore vegetable gardening will also be included.  Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

Sunday, May 27, 11am-3pm: LI Horticultural Society PLANT SALE.  http://www.lihort.org/programs/index.html

Thurs, May 31, 7-8 p.m. Herb Gardening.  A Spring Gardening Presentation at Nassau County Cooperative Extension East Meadow Farm. In this lecture we will describe herb plants, their uses and how to grow them. Some herbs are grown as edible, others as therapeutic and some for their fragrance. Basil, dill, chives, oregano, mint and marigolds are just a few of the many we will discuss that are suitable for Long Island. Gardening with herbs is fun, easy and useful.   Registration required.  http://ccenassau.org/events

 

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