Long Island Horticultural Society
February News & Notes
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February 13 Meeting 1pm Zoom Webinar Format
Rusty Schmidt, Why Natives?
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Email with Zoom link will be sent to all members.
Presentation will start at 1pm
The tradition of birth month flowers is thought to have begun in Roman times. Back then, flowers were used as decorations or given as gifts as a way...... to continue reading click here
January 23, 2022
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Moss & Lichen
2020 - 2021
Year-long Grand Prize Winners
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THE DELIGHT OF HERBS: FROM SEED TO HARVEST
by Ronnie Brancazio
At LIHS's January meeting, we were treated to a wonderful presentation by Louann Monahan-Rothe on the subject of herbs and their uses. Herbs are clearly a favorite subject..... Click here to continue reading
Planning Spring Garden Visits to Ward Off The Doldrums Of Winter
Toni Cabot & Stuart Germain
As we are all hoping and looking forward to spring with images of planting seeds in our garden... Click here to continue reading
Small Garden, Big Changes
By Ronnie Brancazio
As you probably know (since I am constantly talking about her!), I have a year-old mini golden-doodle named Riva, who is the joy of my life, bane of my garden..... click here to continue reading
From the Editor....
This month's speaker is Rusty Schmidt. I had the pleasure to work with Rusty at Main Street Nursery in Huntington, NY several years back. He is a wealth of information and I'm sure we are going to learn a lot.
I recently read a very funny but true article in Horticulture magazine; "Through Rhody-Colored Glasses" by Scott Beuerlein about how we as gardeners are a bit foolish. "That time after time we suspend all disbelief and think this year will be different." I will get that plant to survive! I did this over and over again with the wonderfully fragrant gardenia. I so wanted that plant to live for me so I could enjoy it's fragrant flowers year after year. "Yep, we gardeners are, and always will be, suckers. Big, dumb dopes. Forever vulnerable to that trap wiser people call wishful thinking." I tried keeping it on top of a fish tank to get all the humidity it would require, Tried blasting it with bright halide bulbs. Misting, every. single. day. until I forgot, that is. Nope nothing worked, it just insisted on dying on me. Rude! I have killed so many it's criminal. But that fragrance, it just calls to me at the nursery, begging, to try just one more time....this time will be different! Or not.
Winter Pruning tips and February To Do List. Click here
Learn how to force Flowering Branches, a fun project for winter. Click here
Its that time again, seed catalogs are pouring into mail boxes, Check out Seed Starting Tutorial Videos, click here
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Membership Dues to the Long Island Horticultural Society are now due on January 1 of every year. We have gone back to a calendar year system regarding when membership dues are to be paid. If your dues aren't paid by January 1 a reminder letter will be sent out. If your dues still aren't paid you will not be able to participate in any LI Hort events such as Trips, the Horticultural Competition, the Summer Social, and will be removed from LIHS emails. Please make note of this change. Thank you.
The garden is sleeping beneath a blanket of snow.
Gardening hands cannot be idle though,
They should be leafing through garden catalogs,
Showing glorious new things to grow.