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Long Island Horticultural Society

February News & Notes

February 2023
February 19 Meeting

Sunday January 15, 2023 in the conference center at Planting Fields Arboretum. 

Speaker: Millie Hendricks

Topic: Long time member of LI Hort; Millie Hendricks, will be showing her own videos, showcasing the beautiful plants and wildlife of her Glen Cove garden.

Make a note of the new time schedule for our meetings:

Speakers will now start at 2pm.

Doors open at 12:30pm

Place Horticultural Competition entries by 1pm

Horticultural Judging from 1pm to 1:30 pm

Speaker starts at 2pm

After speaker presentation concludes LIHS Business, Raffles & Refreshments.

Please bring donations for the hospitality table, all donations to the hospitality table receive one free raffle ticket! We ask that you bring in your donations ready to serve and place them on the Hospitality table. This will help out our committee a lot.  We are also seeking volunteers to help with the refreshments. Please consider helping out.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Raffle Table:

Barbara Loechner
Rosemarie Papayanopulos
Carolyn Hannan
Francine Reff
Ann Wetzel

Thank you to everyone who donated goodies to the Hospitality Table:

Maureen Wawrzonek
Rosemarie Papayanopulos
JoAnn Semeraro
Courtney Quinn
Judy Basse
Janet Turfuro
Trish Cody
Michelle Maines
Anne Cognato

Horticultural Competition Winners for 2023

The yearly awards for the Horticultural Competition were presented at the January Meeting. The winners are:

Ann Wetzel 1st Place
Anne Cognato 2nd Place
Mary Wagner 3rd Place
Congratulations to all the winners!



SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023  8am -3 pm


Gardening Workshops and Plant Sale

Fee is $55 or Early Bird Fee of $50

Option of Panera sandwich lunch  $15

Gardening workshops cover a wide range of

Horticultural topics

Plant Sale-annuals, native plants, perennials, Herbs and shrubs available from LOCAL nurseries

Contact Sara Osborne for further information at or

631.727.7850 X 207

Full catalogue and registration form available on line at

Some folks were asking for a terrarium tutorial. Back in 2020 I filmed one. A list of the tools & materials I used in the video is here.

Below is the same terrarium 2 years later. The plant grew right out of the top and now it's not really a terrarium anymore. Good to note that you should check the eventual sizes of the plants used in a terrarium and either plan to repot them or use a larger container.

From the editor....
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  Last week when we had our nice warm up, it got to 50°F! Felt like a heat wave compared to 5°F; I had an unpleasant garden chore to take care of. I needed to cut down my Redbud tree. This tree was given to me by my friend Jane Jollon, back in 2013. The leader had broken so it was growing more like a shrub. I have plenty of room so I took it and grew it out.           Nature always finds a way and eventually a new leader had formed and it shot right up. It was a beautiful tree, bright pink blossoms form on the branches in spring right when my white lilac bloomed. The two of them together were beautiful. 
   After I came home from our trip to Vermont this October, the tree was leaning 45° to the right. I had no idea what had happened. Later, I was told that it had rained all weekend and was very windy. I believe the ground softened with all the rain, it was pouring when we left for our trip and the winds I get here are notorious for causing a lot of damage. The wind knocked over a large maple tree 2 years ago that destroyed my car.

  I was questioning whether or not it was dead and wondered if I had to take it down. Well, mother nature once again made up my mind for me. Another wild weekend of wet weather and high winds blew the tree to the left, this time uprooting it completely and only one large root was holding it to the ground. The trunk had completely snapped. Sad. 

  I am keeping the cut branches to use in Ikebana arrangements. I love the way the branches bend back and forth, creates a beautiful line. And I'll still be able to appreciate my beautiful tree that is no more.

The meeting dates for 2023 are listed on our meeting calendar here The next 3 meetings are on January 15,  February 19 and March 19, 2023

Check out the Garden Calendar page for the To-Do List for January

For a fun winter activity you print out the seed packets   created by Patty Jarrett and get coloring! Find them on the Resources page

-Ann Wetzel
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