August News & Notes

August 2019

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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

Summer Picnic at Centerport Beach

Everyone had a great time relaxing & visiting at Centerport beach and park. We had a delightful cool breeze blowing in off the water and a wonderful shady spot in sit & eat the great food from Fireside Caterers, Northport, NY

To check out photos from this event Click here.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the committee of this event:

JoAnn Semeraro

Ann Wetzel

Eileen Anders
Ronnie Brancazio
Toni & Stuart Germain
Richard Edwards

Bruce Hambrecht

Irene Lucarelli
Sharon Rubin

Happy summer!

LIHS has certainly been busy this summer!

We had our “How to take better garden photographs” lessons with Yvonne Berger. Not as many people attended as signed up, but those who did attend walked away with lots of practical knowledge. The day was hot, but wait until you see our photos in the monthly competitions. It was worth sweating a little and you may be jealous you missed it.

And then we had our picnic! Of course, it was the hottest day of the summer. But we were at the beach, and under the pavilion, and the breeze off the Sound kept us a little cooler. The food was great, the conversation and camaraderie flowing, and the speaker informative. Many members dipped into the sound for a little swim. A great day!

And lastly, we had our trip to Landcraft Environmentals in Mattituck. All along, I had been stating that this was the one garden you did not want to miss, and many of members trusted me on this and drove to Mattituck. The garden was as beautiful. Bill gave us a guided 2 ½ hour tour of his property, rattling off plant names and their origins and I had wished I brought a notebook to write it all down. He and Dennis have added shade gardens to their property, and they were exactly what you would expect from these two expert gardeners – perfection. Their folly was one of the highlights – a sunken dining room with a rooftop garden overhead, tree roots formed into a chandelier, and the entire space constructed with found objects. I am trying to convince my husband to start digging me a hole so I can imitate their work.

And in between these events, we had a few members open up their gardens. I did not attend these (due to work and vacation schedules), but I heard they were fabulous.

August will be quiet for LI Hort, but we will see you in September!


Happy Gardening,


From the Editor....

Keep yourself protected while enjoying the outdoors with JoAnn Semeraro's DIY bug spray Click here for recipes.

To make sure you receive all of LI Hort's emails be sure to add to your safe sender list so emails go to your inbox and not the junk folder. 

We have a new column for the newsletter "Cooks Corner" members sharing recipes with other members. If you have a recipe you would like to share please email me at

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from JoAnn Semeraro: Eggplant Appetizer or Camponta

Member's Open Gardens

Lynn Thomson and Anne Mehlinger graciously opened their gardens for LI Hort members to visit. Also a friend of Anne Mehlinger; Don Ohl, also opened his garden for us to visit. Too see photos of their gardens Click here

Landcraft Garden Tour

LI Hort took a trip to Mattituck to visit Landcraft Environments  The photo album is here

Photographing the Garden w/ Yvonne Berger

We met Yvonne in the Synoptic garden at Planting Fields Arboretum for a personalized photography instruction. 

She gave us lots of tips such as using portable reflecting screens to bring more light to a subject and using a glass sphere to see things in a different way.

It was a very informative and a lot of fun. Check out the photos here.

September 22 Meeting

TutorialArt Papayanopulos Topic: Backyard Chickens: Chicken Breeds & Egg Color

Speaker: Stephanie Gladkowski Topic: Gardening for Butterflies and other