April News & Notes

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April 2020
April 19 Meeting

Planting Fields Arboretum has canceled all events in the conference center until April 30, therefore our April meeting has been canceled.

We are waiting to hear what they will be doing going forward and will advise our members accordingly. 

We ask for your patience during this time.

From the Editor....

We are in an unusual predicament of having to isolate in order to protect our community. 

In that vein we are having a social distancing Seed Swap and Virtual Garden Tours. We encourage all our members to 

participate so we may preserve the Long Island Horticultural Society until this pandemic has past. 

To participate in the Seed Swap please see the column to the left.

To participate in the Virtual Garden Tours please email me at Ann Wetzel with photos of your garden. You can start off with a few and add to them later as spring blossoms in your garden. Just send your photos to me and I will update the slide show viewers found here: Virtual Garden Tours

Also check out garden tours from 2019 and 2018

We also have the Cooks Corner Column, members send in recipes to share with other members. All recipes get featured here in News & Notes.

Working Separately Together:

send along tips, tricks, garden hacks, to teach members something they might find useful in their gardens. Email me at Ann Wetzel

Tip: Add a capful of Hydrogen peroxide to your watering can to help your seeds breathe. It aerates the soil and is also and anti-fungal.

-Ann Wetzel

Social Distancing

Seed Swap

We are going to have a Social Distancing Seed Swap this year. To participate please make a list of what seeds you have to swap with other members and how many packets you can send out. Such as: Datura flower: 3 packets, (can send to 3 people)

  • If you haven’t saved any seeds from last year you can use seeds you have purchased. Check out this article from Jo Borut on how to find seeds in your garden now

  • If you have a lot of seeds please make up extra packets so you can share with more people.

  • We have provided a seed packet template for you to use or you can use your own envelopes and method. 

  • Please email Ann Wetzel at ann_digitalis@hotmail.comwith your name, the name of the seeds and how many packets you can make up to share. I will publish the list in our newsletter. 

  • If you see something you would like in the list, please email: Ann Wetzel and I will pass on your contact information with the member offering the seeds and you can contact each other to arrange for mailing.

  • All types of seeds are included: Annuals, Perennials, Biennials, Herbs, Flowers & Vegetables 

  • Get to know your fellow members and have fun sharing!

  • Check out the Seed Swap Page for more info.

  • Check out the Seed Swap List

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from Toni Cabat: Pistachio Cake


I just read of a study that says having plants around lowers your stress level. I think then, that the members of Long Island Hort must be the most relaxed group around!

I hope you are all gearing up for our plant sale and seedling swap. I have a few trays of seedlings planted, it will be hard to choose which ones to bring to our swap. This year I have decided to start the seeds of many of the annuals I normally buy. So there are trays of plants throughout my house. I get very excited when the seeds sprout, I am like a kid at Christmas. And the funny thing is I don’t think I am alone with these emotions.

What a mild winter we had! I am curious to see if any of my zone 8 chocolate cosmos plants survived this winter. They were heavily mulched and they were in a sheltered area, so there is a possibility. If you are not familiar with this plant, it is scented like chocolate, and it has dark maroon, almost chocolate colored, daisy-like flowers. It is one of my favorites.


Membership Renewal

We have a new Membership Form here on the website. Just type your information into the form and print it out. The form will print out with all your information right on the form. This makes it much easier for our Membership Secretary to read. It is extremely important to get your email address correct for you to receive all the LI Hort communications. Either bring the filled out form with your check to a meeting or mail it to:

Maria Hoffman, 951 Jerome St., Baldwin,NY 11510

Access the Membership Form Here

The trip to Sands Point has been postponed. Click here for more information.

Laura Weill - A Walk Through Planting Fields

Walking in the Neighborhood


              Toni Cabat

NYS Parks are Open for people to go out and get some fresh air. Maintain social distancing and enjoy the outdoors safely. A list of guidelines and open parks on Long Island can be found here.




"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”~Winston Churchill

Do you have bookeeping experience? We need a volunteer for the Treasurer Position, if interested please email Carolyn Bantz

The Programming Committee is looking for volunteers to help provide interesting and informative speakers. There are lots of opportunities to use the skills you have, or to learn new ones while working with fellow members. Email Bruce Hambrecht, Carolyn Bantz, or Ann Wetzel with any questions. (Board membership not required).