All of the pictures in this month’s post were taken in early June at the Farmingdale State College Teaching Gardens. If you haven’t been there yet, I urge you to go see their beautiful display!
Local Farmers Markets are now open! http://www.lifb.com/FINDAFARMSTAND/FindaFarmersMarket/tabid/69/Default.aspx
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/
Thursday evenings in July and August: Queens Botanical Garden is extending its open hours so you can enjoy twilight at the garden every Thursday evening in July and August. Note: Last entry to the Garden is at 7:45pm. https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-07/
April 1 to November 1 daily from 9am – 6pm.: Farmingdale State Ornamental Horticulture teaching gardens are open to the public.
Tuesdays in July and 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 July: 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/2018/07
Throughout July: Tai Chi in the Gardens 10:30 am – 11:30 am & Yoga in the Gardens 11:15 am – 12:15 pm. https://oldwestburygardens.org/06_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/
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 July 28: Exhibit: An Artist’s Nature: the Work of Rob Becker. At Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River. http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/event/an-artists-nature-the-work-of-ron-becker/2018-07-05/
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/
Mondays, July 2, 9 & 30, 6-8pm: 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
Monday, July 2, 7:30 pm: Meeting of the Mid Island Dahlia Society. This month a presentation will be about what is happening in our garden this month. July is a growing month and we will discuss supporting plants, watering, fertilization, and disbudding. We will also discuss pest control, including insects and fungus. The meeting is open to the public. Free refreshments. Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, Westbury. For more information see http://www.midislanddahlia.org or contact Dr. Brian S. Meyer at 516-650-0595.
Saturdays, July 7, 14 & 28, 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.
Saturday, July 07, 10:00am – 11:30am: Mid-Summer Rose Care. Caring for roses in the garden doesn’t have to be an intensive labor of love. Come to this workshop, led by Garden Manager Rick Bogusch and Paul Wagner, owner of Greener Pastures Organics, and learn proper pruning techniques, timely organic soil and pest treatments, and proper sanitation of cuttings to ensure optimum health of your roses. This workshop is in partnership with Perfect Earth Project and is followed by a second program on November 3 with tips on putting your roses to bed for winter. Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton. $5/person, free to Bridge Gardens members. https://peconiclandtrust.org/get-involved/events
Saturday, July 7, 10:00am to 3:00pm: Open House at the Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead. Rain or shine! Everyone is welcome and admission is free. The gorgeous display gardens will be in full bloom and open all day, and we will offer guided garden tours throughout the day on the hour. Special seminars on Flower Arranging (noon) and Composting (2 p.m.) will be held. Throughout the day a children’s activity will be available free of charge. A plant sale focusing on herbs, unusual perennial plants, and hanging baskets will also be held. Special on-going activities during the Open House include Gardening with Herbs, Victory Garden demonstrations where guests can learn about growing vegetables, and wagon ride tours of the 68 acre research farm (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). http://events.cornell.edu/event/open_house
Sat, July 7, 10am-4pm: The Garden Conservancy Open Days, Suffolk County:Jamesport, Mattituck & Shelter Island Heights. There will be a plant sale at the Schrader-Smith garden with selections from Landcraft Environments: http://www.landcraftenvironment.com, Ed Bowen & Taylor Johnston’s Issima, and a large selection of rare treasures from Broken Arrow Nursery. Admission to each garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance. https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule
Sunday, July 8, 1PM: LI Daylily Society Flower Show at Planting Fields Horticultural Center. Oyster Bay. http://www.lidaylily.org/Events.htm
Monday, July 9, 6-8pm: Twilight Tours at Longhouse Reserve. See July 2 for info.
Tuesday, July 10, 6–8 p.m.: Brewing Compost Tea. Learn more about how to make and apply compost tea, which inoculates plants and soil against disease and contains vital nutrients. Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/07
Sat, July 14, 10am: The Garden Conservancy Open Days, Suffolk County: Multiple gardens in Bridgehampton & East Hampton. Admission to each garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance. https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule
Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Kitchen Botany – adult workshop at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Explore the world of food through plant taxonomy and enjoy a sampling of foods and exotic fruits. Preregistration Required. https://www.bbg.org/visit/calendar/month/2018/07
Wednesday, July 18, 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM: Nuisance Wildlife Management & Design Strategies for the Ornamental Landscape. Deer, ticks, rabbits, voles, woodchucks, and many other critters are part of our ornamental landscape whether we like it or not. This workshop will inform you of design and landscape management tactics to keep the critters at bay and your plants thriving and blooming. $60/person – Refreshments & Lunch included • Pre-registration is required. (NYSED continuing education credit available.) http://ccesuffolk.org/events/2018/07/18/nuisance-wildlife-management-design-strategies-for-the-ornamental-landscape
Thursday, July 19, 12pm: Talk and Tour at Old Westbury Gardens. https://oldwestburygardens.org/07_calendar.htm
Thursday, July 19, 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/
Saturday, July 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Farm & Compost Tour. Discover what’s behind the scenes at QBG Farm & Compost. In this one hour tour you will get a crash course on how we produce nutrient-rich compost from food scraps and horticultural waste. We will introduce the fundamentals of ecological farming. This tour is recommended for first-time visitors to QBG Farm & Compost. Included with Garden admission. Registration required. https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-07/
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Floral Design Workshop: Recycled Containers. Learn how to adapt containers that had a previous use to become your next table centerpiece. Then create an arrangement of colorful summer blooms. Bring your own container from home or choose from a variety provided. All floral materials will be provided. $30 Member; $35 Non-Member (includes Garden admission). Registration required. https://queensbotanical.org/calendar/2018-07/
Tuesday, July 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Container Gardening Made Easy. Not enough space or just want to add interest to your home? Learn about growing plants in a wide variety of containers. Learn how to choose your container, design a container planting and maintain your mini garden throughout the garden season. To register: Call Hewlett Woodmere Library at 516-374-1967 or Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero, Horticulture Community Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County. firstname.lastname@example.org. 516-565-5265 Ext. 14. http://ccenassau.org/events/2018/07/24/container-gardening-made-easy
Tuesday, July 31, 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, July 31, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Garden to Table Vegetables. There is nothing like eating a slice of your own homegrown tomato. Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden or just need a little advice? Let us help you learn to choose the right location for your veggies, prepare your soil, and decide between vegetables from seeds or transplants. Learn general maintenance needs that will lead to bountiful harvests. Call Hewlett Woodmere Library at 516-374-1967 or Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero, Horticulture Community Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County. email@example.com, 516-565-5265 Ext. 14. http://ccenassau.org/
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
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
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/
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