Local Farmers Markets are now open! http://www.lifb.com/FINDAFARMSTAND/FindaFarmersMarket/tabid/69/Default.aspx
The Demonstration Gardens at East Meadow Farm, a 2.5 acre garden, are open to the public (with food truck serving locally sourced food). The gardens are maintained by Master Gardeners. Admission is free and they are open every day from dawn to dusk. Demonstration gardens include: Rose, Dahlia, Butterfly, Herb, and Vegetable gardens, and a mini-arboretum & Compost demo area. CCE Nassau County, East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow. http://ccenassau.org/gardening/east-meadow-farm
Through November 1 daily from 9am – 6pm.: Farmingdale State Ornamental Horticulture teaching gardens are open to the public.
The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) call for volunteers. Want to lend us a hand this Autumn? LINPI will be hosting multiple volunteer opportunities for seed collection and fall planting from mid September through November this year! Check back on our website and our Facebook page for specific dates coming soon. Hope to see you there! E-mail any questions to email@example.com. http://www.linpi.org/
Wednesday & Saturday Mornings through September: Outdoor guided tours of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum grounds in the Fall are available (weather permitting) for free at 11:00 am. For registration please call 1-631-581-1002. http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/learn/tours/
Wednesdays & Saturdays: Open Days at Longhouse Reserve. Check schedule for scheduled closings. https://www.longhouse.org/pages/calendar
Tuesdays through October 30, 2018 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Lawn Care Advice. Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton. Tips to implementing organic controls for lawn issues you may be facing. Can’t make it to the Gardens on a Tuesday? Email Paul at LawnExpert@PeconicLandTrust.org. https://peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/projects/bridge-gardens
Throughout September: Seasonal Garden Tours at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Meet at Magnolia Plaza by building steps. Catch BBG’s burgeoning blossoms at their best and other highlights of the season in this free Garden-wide guided walk. Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Throughout August: Tai Chi in the Gardens 10:30 am – 11:30 am & Yoga in the Gardens 11:15 am – 12:15 pm. https://oldwestburygardens.org/09_calendar.htm
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Bird Walks at NY Botanical Garden. 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. https://www.nybg.org/event/bird-walks/
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
Autumn Adult Education Workshops & Classes at New York Botanical Garden. Too many to list here! Visit https://www.nybg.org/learn/adult-education/ to see the full listing.
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
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
Through Sunday, October 28, 2018: Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii Exhibit. Discover the artist’s little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them. This landmark exhibition will offer a rare focus on 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign https://www.nybg.org/
Sat, Sept 8, 11 am-1 pm: Late Summer Seasonal Stroll (Adults) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, LLoyd Harbor Rd, Huntington. See https://parks.ny.gov/parks/23/details.aspx or call (631) 423-1770.
Sat, Sept 08, 10–11:30am: Adding Fruiting Shrubs to your Edible Landscape. Paul Wagner of Greener Pastures Organics will discuss soil preferences of fruiting plants and what amendments would be most beneficial. We will review organic disease and insect management and some basics for pruning for fruit production. Space is limited, reservations requested. Rain or Shine. location: Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton. $5/person, free to Bridge Garden Members. https://peconiclandtrust.org
Sat, Sept 8, 9:30-10:30am: Bird Walk with NYC Audubon. At Queens Botanical Garden. Register for one or all five free nature walks in this series with NYC Audubon! Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds like water, shelter, and insects to eat.
Registration required. Other dates: Sunday Sept 23, Sunday Oct 7, Saturday Oct 20, & Sunday Oct 28. https://queensbotanical.org
Tues, Sept 11, 7:30pm. “With a Little Help From My Friends—Parasites, Carnivores, Saprophytes and the Heterotrophs Among Us.” Lecture by Dave Taft at the LI Botanical Society monthly meeting. Plants are far more than just pretty green things. In fact, some are downright Machiavellian, opportunistic, or just plain strange. Learn about the wily means through which certain resourceful plants obtain energy in this survey of the “only-sometimes–green” world of heterotrophic local plants. Dave Taft is currently the coordinator of the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn and Queens (…the other Long Island!). Though a self-described orchid addict, he can often be observed skulking through local woodlands searching for unfortunate natural subjects to photograph, write about, or draw. Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich. http://www.libotanical.org/programs.html
Tuesdays, Sept 11 & 25, 9:00am to 11:00am: Dahlia Open House and Garden Tour at Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead. Come view our beautiful dahlia trials at the Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center. Free, rain or shine. For more information: 631-727-3595 or http://www.LongIslandHort.cornell.edu. http://events.cornell.edu/event/dahlia_open_houses_and_garden_tours
Wed, Sept 12, Noon: The 15th Annual Marie Jensen Bick Herb Day and Lecture, “An English Tea” – Celebrating 2018 Herb of the Year, Hops Humulus ssp. Highlights of the event include: TEA CUP EXCHANGE (Please bring a gift wrapped, NEW CHINA tea cup to participate), Sandwiches and Sweets, Raffles. Due to limited seating, reservations are due by September 5, 2018. http://www.clarkbotanic.org/events.html#.W41TCpW0WM8
Thurs, Sept 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Herb Society of America, NY Unit 70th Annual Herb Fair. Location: John Jay Homestead Historic Site, Katonah, NY. Our Fair is held to benefit educational programs. We have fresh herbs for sale, herbal demonstrations, gourmet foods, plants, potpourri, local honey, baked goods, gardening aids and herbal gifts. In addition our pantry table offers vinegars, herbal jams and jellies, teas and a very special tarragon mustard that every year brings visitors back for more. Admission is free, and lunch featuring our signature lovage soup is available for purchase. Herb Society members will be available to advise on herb use and cultivation. http://www.herbsociety.org/grow/hsa-event-calendar/event/2018/09/13/new-york-unit-70th-annual-herb-fair-/202769
Fri, Sept 14, 7pm: Long Island Rose Society’s Roses in Denmark Program. Plaingview-Old Bethpage Public Library. Call 516-785-7851 for more info.
Sat, Sept 15, 2–5 p.m.: Creating an Indoor Garden Adult Workshop. Preregistration Required. Learn how to create an indoor garden that maximizes greenery in minimal space. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Sat, Sept 15, 8-11am: Bird and Breakfast (Adults). Connetquot State Park. Call (631) 581-1072 or visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/23/details.aspx
Sat & Sun, Sept 15 & 16: Mid Island Dahlia Society Dahlia Show Exhibit at Planting Fields Arboretum Conference Center. On exhibit will be prize winning Dahlias of all sizes and colors (except blue) grown by Dahlia exhibiter from all over Northeast. There will be for sale arrangements of Dahlias There will also be information on growing Dahlias.
Sun, Sept 16, 12 to 5:30pm: Autumn Rose Celebration. Activities include a mini garden Photo Session, Walking Tours, Roses Watercolor workshop & more. Music in the garden from 4-5:30pm. See https://queensbotanical.org/autumn-rose/ for more details and fees.
Sun, Sept 16, 9:45-11:45am: Birds With Botany For Beginners (Adults) at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, LLoyd Harbor Rd, Huntington. See https://parks.ny.gov/parks/23/details.aspx or call (631) 423-1770.
Sun, Sept 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Preparing Your Garden for the Winter Adult Workshop. Get your garden ready now for fuller blooms and healthier plants next spring. Learn the best techniques for protecting outdoor perennials, preparing the soil, and minimizing pest and disease problems. Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Sun, Sept 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Native Perennials for the Late-Season Garden. Bring late-season beauty and ecology into your garden this fall with the best choices of native perennials. Take home plants to start or enhance your own garden. Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Sun, Sept 16, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Nature Walk with Brad Klein: Autumn Bird Migration, Part 1. Identify migratory birds passing through the NYC area and learn helpful birding tips from naturalist Brad Klein. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Wed, Sept 19, 1pm: Afternoon Tea & Tour at Old Westbury Gardens. 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 follows the meal. $40.00 / $37.00 member. Advance tickets required. https://oldwestburygardens.org/09_calendar.htm
Sat, Sept 22, 10am-4pm: LINPI Fall Native Plant Sale. Long Island Native Plant Initiative. Sale will take place at the tennis courts of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1725 Brentwood Rd, Brentwood. For a list of plants, see http://www.linpi.org/
Sat, Sept 22, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Preparing Your Garden For Fall. Celebrate the first day of fall! Autumn is here, and it’s nearly time to put the garden to sleep 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 as well as season extension tips. Presented by NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden. Registration required. Free for Members; $6 Non-Member (inludes Garden admission). https://queensbotanical.org
Sun, Sept 23, 2–5 p.m.: Native Plantings for Migrating and Overwintering Birds. Learn how to use your garden to support migrating and overwintering birds with the food sources and habitat they need, and take home bird-friendly plants to start or enhance your own garden. Preregistration Required . https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Tues, Sept 25, 9-11:00 am: Dahlia Open House and Garden Tour at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center 3059 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Come view our beautiful dahlia trials at the Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center. http://events.cornell.edu/event/dahlia_open_houses_and_garden_tours
Tues, Sept 25, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.: Season-Extension Basics Adult Workshop. Learn how to grow vegetables all year round in NYC using different season-extension methods. We will cover cold frames, low tunnels, and high tunnels, as well as crop selection and timing. Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/09
Thurs, Sept 27, 1pm: Afternoon Tea & Tour at Old Westbury Gardens. 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 follows the meal. $40.00 / $37.00 member. Advance tickets required. https://oldwestburygardens.org/09_calendar.htm
Sat & Sun, Oct 6-7: LIDS Second Dahlia Show and Photo Competition. Dahlia Show in the Lower Carriage House – Open to the Public Saturday 1-5 and Sunday 10-4. Photo Show in the Upper Carriage House – Open to the Public Saturday 1-5 and Sunday 10-3:30. http://www.longislanddahlia.org/
Tues, Oct 9, 7:30 PM: “Shu Swamp Preserve and the Beaver Brook Watershed.” Lecture by Lois Lindberg at the LI Botanical Society monthly meeting. 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. http://www.libotanical.org/programs.html
Sat, Oct 13, 10am-12pm: What to do with all those Green Tomatoes? The delicious red tomatoes from your garden are long gone – but the green tomatoes abound. What to do with this bounty? Join us for a workshop with Garden Manager Rich Bogusch, well known for his culinary expertise, and find out what you can make with all those green globes. Recipes will be Provided. Space is limited, reservations requested. Rain or Shine. Location: Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton. $10/person, $5/Bridge Garden Member. https://peconiclandtrust.org
Sat & Sun, Oct 20-21: 64TH Annual Chrysanthemum Show. At Hicks Nurseries, Westbury. http://www.longislandmums.org/
Sat, Nov 03, 10-11:30am: Late Season Rose Care. Winterizing your roses properly is an important stem in keeping your roses healthy and productive during the growing season. please join us for a presentation on techniques that will benefit your roses as the colder weather sets in, including mulching and pruning for the dormant season – led by Garden Manager Rick Bogusch and Paul Wagner, owner of Greener Pastures Organics. Workshop is in partnership with Perfect Earth Project. Space is Limited, reservations Required. Rain or shine. Location: Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton. $5/person, free to Bridge Garden Members. https://peconiclandtrust.org