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Garden Events for September 2018

Ongoing:

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 info@linpi.org. 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/

Dated Events: 

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

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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/

October Preview:

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

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Garden Events for August 2018

Ongoing:

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 summer? Come join us in August every Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm! Snacks and beverages will be provided. http://www.linpi.org/

Sunday Mornings through August: Outdoor guided tours of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum grounds in the Spring, Summer, and Fall are available (weather permitting) for free every Saturday morning at 11:00 am.  For registration please call 1-631-581-1002.  http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/learn/tours/

Mondays in August:  Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton.  Twilight Tours present an opportunity to tour the grounds of LongHouse after regular hours. Enjoy a glass of wine and stroll the gardens alone or with friends guided by an experienced docent. Appreciate LongHouse at sunset. It is truly a bewitching time of day!  $30/person; $55/for two.  Members $5 discount per person.  Limited to $15 people per tour.  https://www.longhouse.org/pages/calendar

Tuesdays in August, -until 8:30pm: Garden After Hours at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  The Garden is open till 8:30 p.m. on , with special offerings for evening visitors.  Enjoy an evening stroll through the Garden’s lush, fragrant grounds with sunset views.  Free music on Tuesday evenings. https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/garden_after_hours_summer

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 August: 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/2018/08

Thursday evenings in August:  Queens Botanical Garden is extending its open hours so you can enjoy twilight at the garden every Thursday evening in August. Note: Last entry to the Garden is at 7:45pm.  https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-07/

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/08_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/

Saturdays in August, 8-9am:  Sound Meditation at LongHouse Reserve. Feel the peace at LongHouse Reserve with Sound Meditation on Saturday mornings at 8am. Create your own zen experience using your breath and sounds with guided mantras with Jim Owen. Start your weekend off in a great mood, with us!  Call the LongHouse office at (631) 329-3568 for more information.

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

Summer 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/

Dated Events: 

Sunday, August 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Butterfly Walk at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Adult Workshop; Preregistration Required.  Join naturalist Paul Keim on a leisurely walk through the grounds in pursuit of butterflies.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/08

Tuesday, August 07, 10:00am – 11:30am: Bees and the Beekeeper with Mary Woltz.  Bees play an important role in the health of our food supply, simply by pollinating all manner of flowering plants at the farm.  Meet beekeeper, Mary Woltz, owner of Bees’ Needs, and learn more about the critical work of her bees.  Get an up-close look at the hives, and learn about colony collapse and other issues affecting the health of local bee populations.  Quail Hill Farm, Amagansett.  $5/person, free for children under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult). https://peconiclandtrust.org/get-involved/events

Thursday, August 9, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.: Kitchen Cabinet Medicine at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Discover the history and medicinal benefits of some of our favorite culinary herbs and spices. Adult Workshop; Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/08

Friday, August 10, 10:00am – 11:30am: Edible Flowers in Your Garden and At Your Table. Many flowers are edible, but which flowers will please your palate? Learn this and more at a fun and interactive workshop with Jeri Woodhouse, proprietor of Taste of the North Fork, when we meet at the Flower Farm. Jeri will guide you through the garden and discuss the many edible flowers you can grow at home and add to your favorite recipes to bring a bit of color and spice. Tastings and light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, reservations required. Rain date Saturday, August 11, 2pm.
Location:  North Fork Flower Farm, Orient.  $10/person.  https://peconiclandtrust.org/get-involved/events/

Saturday, August 11, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Compost Tea & Extract.  Make a compost brew for your thirsty plants! Compost tea allows you to spread the wealth of your compost pile by creating an explosion of beneficial bacteria and fungi found in compost. Compost extract, compost tea’s cousin, is an effective way to provide a boost of nutrition to plants when watering. Free for Members; $6 for Non-Members (includes Garden admission).   https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-08/

Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.:  Foraging Walk – Adult Workshop.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Preregistration Required.  This walk will cover practices and issues of foraging while searching out and examining relevant species at the Garden.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/08

Saturday, August 11, 10:00am – 11:30am: Making the Most of Culinary Herbs. The herb garden is at its best in August! Meet Garden Manager Rick Bogusch for a walk through Bridge Gardens’ expansive 4-quadrant herb garden and learn techniques on harvesting and using fresh and dried herbs to enhance your dinner table. Rick will discuss herb blends and provide recipes for you to bring home.  Location: Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton.  $10/person, $5/Bridge Gardens Members.  Space is limited, reservations are required.   https://peconiclandtrust.org/get-involved/events/

Sunday, August 12, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.:  Planting for a Fall Harvest.  Plant now, and extend your garden’s bounty into fall! Participants will tour the Garden, practice planting, and take home seeds and transplants ideal for a fall harvest. Adult Workshop; Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/08

Monday, August 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: The Birding Life, Adult Workshop at Old Westbury Gardens.  Being an avid bird watcher, storyteller, musician and nature enthusiast, Johnny Cuomo is knowledgeable and eager to foster rewarding life-long relationships with our natural world.  https://oldwestburygardens.org/se_adult_workshop_2018.htm

Tuesday, August 14, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Wellness, Adult Workshop at Old Westbury Gardens.  Linda Cafiero has guided visitors to natural health and wellness through Tai Chi for over 10 years at The Gardens. Advocating the benefits of exercise paired with mindfulness in nature. https://oldwestburygardens.org/se_adult_workshop_2018.htm

Tuesday, August 14 through August 24, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm: Orchid Sale at Queens Botanical Garden. Orchids will be available for sale before, during, and after the exhibition Taiwan: A World of Orchids. While supplies last.  https://queensbotanical.org/event/orchid-sale-2/all/

Wednesday, August 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Landscaping with Trees and Shrubs.  Often when designing a landscape you do not realize what Trees and Shrubs will do well in your yard or commercial property on Long Island. This presentation will give you some basic knowledge needed for planting and selecting trees and shrubs. It will then highlight 30 trees/shrubs that do well on Long Island with their photos, care and requirements. This presentation should help you design a successful landscape.  To register: Call Freeport Library at (516) 379-3274.  http://ccenassau.org/events/2018/08/15/landscaping-with-trees-and-shrubs

Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Garden Photography, Adult Workshop at Old Westbury Gardens.  Dave Fitz is an award winning documentary photographer motivated by inspiring people to experience nature and beauty. https://oldwestburygardens.org/se_adult_workshop_2018.htm

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 PM: July Meeting of LI Dahlia Society.  “Dahlia Basics – Forms, Colors, & Codes” continues; Dahlia 101 “Growing and Showing Dahlias”.  At the East Islip Public Library.  http://www.longislanddahlia.org/

Friday, August 17 through August 19, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Taiwan: A World of Orchids (Exhibition).  Enjoy a stunning display of orchids and a weekend filled with art and culture, in partnership with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (TECONY). Orchid Arts Activities are Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Note: free hours are suspended on Sunday. Festival parking rates apply.  Orchids will be available for sale before, during, and after the exhibition Taiwan: A World of Orchids. While supplies last.  https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-08/

Tuesday, August 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.: Refreshing Plants Tour. Learn about herbs for cool summer beverages.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  What’s better than a refreshing botanical drink on a hot day? Stroll through the Herb Garden and learn about plants that can add delicious flavor to your summer beverages.  Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary. https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/refreshing_plants_tour

Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: Seasonal Skies: Late-Summer Stars and Star Clusters.  Learn to identify the bright stars, planets, and constellations of Brooklyn’s summer sky, and view them through a telescope.  Preregistration Required.  https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/08

September Preview:

Tuesdays, September 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

2018 Nassau County Master Gardener Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Autumn 2018 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Master Gardener Program.

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program  developed by the Cooperative Extension System. Volunteer involvement is critical to the program as Master Gardeners serve an important role by interacting with and educating the community, maintaining the demonstration gardens at East Meadow Farm and providing accurate research and science based horticultural information throughout Nassau County.

The term “Master Gardener” has become synonymous with a knowledgeable individual, provided with  in-depth horticultural training, working to enhance their community and share their knowledge with others. To prepare Master Gardeners for their role in the community, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County provides an in-depth training program. Staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University faculty and local horticulturists serve as the training team for the program.  The cost of the course is $350.00 plus $70 for materials, includes trips, CCE-NC membership & training fees. The non-refundable fee is to be paid upon notification of acceptance with an additional $125 deposit, refunded upon completion of 150 hours of volunteer service.  Application deadline is February 28, 2018.  Scholarships are available, please contact us for details.   Contact us at: Horticulture Center, Demonstration and  Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm 832 Merrick Avenue East Meadow, NY 11554 (516)565-5265 Ext. 14.

To access the application and for full details, visit http://www.ccenassau.org/mastergardener

Volunteer Opportunities in Horticulture

Community Gardens in Suffolk County:

See http://ccesuffolk.org/gardening/community-gardens-in-suffolk-county for a list of some of Suffolk County’s Community Gardens.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Nassau County:

Due to our removal from the Nassau County budget, CCE-NC needs to rely on its volunteers more than ever.  We have many volunteer opportunities in all areas of extension work – nutrition, camp, horticulture, even as board members.  If you are interested volunteering a portion of your time to CCE-NC, please contact Dionne Marshak at 516-433-7970 x 17.

The Greenbelt Native Plant Center

The Greenbelt Native Plant Center is eager for volunteers willing to make a commitment to a regular schedule.  There is a great deal to be done in the greenhouses, soil mixing and prep rooms, seed processing and storage areas, and in the nursery yard.   Your contribution will make a difference.  Using a science-based approach to native plant production and seed banking offers a unique opportunity for students interested in habitat conservation and restoration, nursery management, horticulture, and other related professional fields.  http://www.nycgovparks.org/greening/greenbelt-native-plant-center/volunteers

Town of Islip “Project Bloom” and other environmental projects

Volunteer to start seedlings in the Town of Islip’s greenhouse.  Plants will be distributed to various Islip programs and beautification efforts.  Contact “Keep Islip Clean” for more info.   Keep Islip Clean,  660 Main Street, Suite 2, Islip, NY 11751.  Phone: 631-224-2627     Fax: 631-224-2628   E-mail: keepislipclean@optonline.net

Clark Botanic Garden Project 40 – Help Restore Our Garden!

In a few short hours the damage  from Hurricane Sandy to Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, Nassau County was dramatic and devastating, further compounded by the snowstorm that followed.  In an effort to restore this wonderful oasis “Project 40” was launched; it’s mission to replace the 40 trees destroyed in the storm with 40 new plantings by year’s end.  http://www.clarkbotanic.org/support/project40.html#.UyG6a7mYaM8

Peconic Land Trust

We offer many interesting and exciting ways to contribute in the field as well as in the office!
Connections Events: Work with Trust staff to greet and register attendees at the workshops, hikes, farm visits, and more;
Stewardship: Our stewardship needs are diverse — from planting beach grass, repairing fence lines, cleaning up trails and preserves;
Fundraising/Office support: The Trust is always reaching out to supporters and prospects. Come work with us either in Southampton or Cutchogue;
Committees: The Trust has a number of Board-led committees that assist us, including Outreach, Public Policy, Stewardship, & Philanthropy.
Bridge Gardens: Beginning in early spring, and continuing into the fall, the Trust will offer public visits and activities at Bridge Gardens. We  have openings for docents, greeters, and light gardening.!  http://www.peconiclandtrust.org

William Wolkoff Dahlia Garden in Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Each Saturday during the dahlia season (typically late March to November, unless otherwise notified) Long Island Dahlia Society volunteers meet at 9:00 AM at the William Wolkoff Dahlia Garden in Bayard Cutting Arboretum.  Under the leadership of the Garden Director Joe Lysik, our volunteers support the garden by 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.  http://www.longislanddahlia.org/

Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society

– Great River:  CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS    – “Awareness through Education … Responsibility through Involvement”.  For more information, contact  bcahs2@gmail.com or visit http://www.bcahs.net/

Long Island Native Plant Initiative

LINPI realizes its mission as a non profit organization with the help of talented and motivated volunteers. Throughout the year, LINPI will make numerous volunteer activities available helping us advance our efforts to produce locally sourced plant materials for Long Island’s nursery and landscape industry as well as the general public.  Volunteering is a mutually beneficial endeavor; LINPI receives the help we need to advance our goals and our volunteers are afforded an opportunity to advance their knowledge of native plants and plant propagation.

Oct 26, 27, 28, 31, & Nov 1, 2 & 4, 2017 –  10am-1pm:  Volunteer Days at LINPI’s Seed Production Founder Plot.  Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) has been working hard get their Founder Plot up and running. LINPI is in the process of establishing and growing local populations of a diversity of native plants in an agricultural setting in order to provide the most genetically appropriate source of commercial plant materials of various native grasses and wildflowers to nurseries, restoration projects and homeowners that are seeking to ecologically restore habitats or grow gardens.  While aesthetically pleasing, using locally grown and adapted native plants also provides ecological and economic benefits, including a reduction in pesticide, fertilizer and irrigation use as well as providing new habitat for native fauna. Come put your green thumb to work, enjoy the fresh air and help us make the Founder Plot a success!  Location: Sisters of St. Joseph, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood NY.    http://www.linpi.org/

New York Botanical Garden

No matter what your interests, skills, or schedule, you can help the Garden in its valuable work. Volunteering at the Garden is a great way to expand your knowledge of plants, give back to your community, meet new people, and share your love of the Garden with others.  For more info, visit http://www.nybg.org/support_the_garden/volunteer/fyi.php

Bailey Arboretum, Lattingtown, Nassau County

A decade ago, when Nassau County managed Bailey Arboretum, they had seven full-time employees on the premises.  Today we operate with the equivalent of two, one full-time and three part-time. You can see why volunteers are important to us!  If you have ideas for children’s activities at the upcoming Pumpkin Festival, experience handling PR, a few hours a month you can spare to stuff envelopes or manage the mailing list, a passion for pruning or weeding (or a desire to learn more) we have plenty of work to go around. Please give us a call at 571-8020 or send us an email at  baileyarb@optonline.net.     We’d be very, very grateful for your help.

Bronx Green-Up and the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx

November is prime time for pruning and bulb planting! Join Bronx Green-Up and the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx in helping to prepare gardens and compost piles for the coming winter. Save the date for this year’s Annual Awards Ceremony, hosted by Bronx Green-Up and the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx, which will take place on Wednesday, December 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We will celebrate community gardening in the Bronx and recognize those volunteers who have completed Certificate Programs.  See http://www.nybg.org/green_up/comp_programs.php and http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/compost/compostproj.shtml for more info.