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Long Island Horticultural Society

February News & Notes

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February 19 Meeting

Sunday February 19, 2023 in the conference center at Planting Fields Arboretum. 

Speaker: Sue Avery

Topic: A Reassuring Hum, Gardening for native pollinators and an introduction to our native bees. For more information see the Meetings Page

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.

Why not share the enjoyment of LIHS with a friend or family member?

Bring a guest to the February Meeting for free!

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




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



As you have probably heard, the EXHIBITION TABLE, which up until now has been sitting there quietly doing its job, is about to begin shouting to gain your attention! What's all the fuss about? Well, the Horticultural Competition Committee has been thinking about how to make the best use of this space... Continue reading here

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!
Ronnie's Recap
January 2023 Meeting

Click on gallery to see full sized photos.

What better way to erase the January Doldrums than to take a virtual tour of the wonderful gardens and wildlife so lovingly nurtured and creatively filmed and photographed by our own Millie Hendricks!

Millie has been studying the flora and fauna in her Glen Cove garden for over 30 years...continue reading here

Get Out the Door!
Come, See the Camellias

by Toni Cabat &
photos by Stuart Germain

Since the skies were blue on Sat, Jan. 28, for the first time in a week, we packed our lunch and headed out the door to Planting Fields. It was a bit windy but seeing blue skies once again felt so good after those long cloudy, raining days.  The Camellias are certainly starting to bloom. As you can see from the pictures there are more to come in the next week or two.  The orchids were also just starting to show off their wonderful colors and patterns too.  We know there is a Camellia Festival coming up in the next two weeks so check out the website and plan a visit.


It is great we have such a treasure in our Nassau County backyard. Parking is free any day of the week at this time of year and Greenhouses open everyday except Tuesday, so pack a lunch and head out the door!

Click on gallery to see full sized photos.
all photos by Stuart Germain ©

Membership Renewal   Form

Just a reminder that memberships dues are due in January for the 2023 year.

Please fill out the Membership Form here on the website, when renewing or joining. Just type your information into the form and print it out.

Either bring it to the next meeting or mail it to Kathy Readinger at the address on the bottom of the form. Thank You!

February 2023
From the editor....

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 two years later. The Primulina tamiana grew right out of the top and now it's not really a terrarium anymore. A learning experience and a good thing to pass along, 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.

The meeting dates for 2023 are listed on our meeting calendar here The next 2 meetings are on February 19 and March 19, 2023

Some stuff to check out:

The Garden Calendar page for the To-Do List for February.

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

"Round-up Alternatives"

Is an article provided to us by

Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden, is an extensive how-to guide to create a pollinator garden for our native bees in you own backyard. You can also register your pollinator garden:

One of our board members; Courtney Quinn told me about a very interesting series of webinars: Smithsonian Gardens: Let's Talk Gardening video series, there are 70 videos in the series. I'm showcasing one of the videos below on a timely topic for February. Check out their whole library here:

-Ann Wetzel
2023 Perennial Plant of the Year: American Gold Rush Rudbeckia

American Gold Rush is a carefree grower with a compact habit, only grows 2 feet tall and can spread twice as wide. Bright yellow daisy like flowers have long, late season bloom time bridging the summer and fall seasons.... continue reading here

Cook's Corner

This months recipe comes from Katherine Readinger,


The Bryant Library, 2 Papermill Road

Roslyn, NY 11576  516-621-2240

Contact - Wendy Roque

FLOWERING INDOOR PLANTS, Free Lecture, February 28 at 2pm at North Bellmore Library. The Plant Man, will educate all about how to care for these plants at home in simple terms. He will raffle off, a at no charge, the plants to lucky winners in the audience.  Call to register or go online, North Bellmore Library 1551 Newbridge Rd. North Bellmore, NY 11710, 516-785-6260,

Right Plant, Right Place, February 27, Bayard Cutting Arboretum

 On February 27, 2023, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society will be holding the 5th Annual Evolution of the American Landscape Symposium. Presentations will address proper plant selection in urban/suburban areas.

 This year, we expect to reach maximum seating capacity in the Upper Carriage House and will be offering an online live streaming option. The recorded symposium will be available for repeat viewing by registrants for two months.

Details on the presentations, speakers and to purchase tickets are at

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