Long Island Horticultural Society

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Volunteers Needed!

"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 Anne Cognato. We also need a volunteer for the Scholarship Position, please email Priscilla Bauerschmidt if interested. We are looking for someone to help with programing speakers for the year 2021. If interested please email Anne Cognato.

Thank You!

We thank our members for their generosity, donating items for our refreshment and raffle tables.

Refreshments: Stuart & Toni Germain, Priscilla Bauerschmidt, Carolyn Bantz, Cynthia and Donn Hopping, Anne Cognato, Rosemarie Papayanopulos, Marcy Meyer, Muriel Drew, Judith Dunn, Joyce Anderson, Angela D'Aleo, Dorothy Titus, Courtney Quinn, Angelika Swantek, Sharon Rubin, Christine Douglas

Raffles: Priscilla Bauerschmidt, Eileen Anders, Toni & Stuart Germain, Leve Hajdu, Carolyn Bantz, David & Rosemarie Papayanopulos, Candace Hamilton, Elizabeth Simadis

February 23 Meeting

Doors open at 12:30

Place Horticultural Entries by 1pm

1pm Tutorial: Barbara Hanft, Topic: Orchids as Houseplants

2pm Speaker:

Deanna F. Curtis, Topic: Prepare, Respond, Adapt: Tree Stewardship in a Changing Climate

3pm Society Business, Raffles & Refreshments

For more information see the Meeting Page

For information on upcoming programs visit the Programs Page

Membership Renewal

We have a new Membership Form here on the website. Please use this form for renewals & new memberships. 

Type your information into the form and print it out. The form will print out with all of 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

Rubus is the 2020 Herb of the Year. Josephine Borut tells us all about it- check out her article here.

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe is from Janet Tafuro

Coconut Raspberry Bars

From the Editor...

Make a resolution to do something different in your garden this year! Check out Gardeners New Years Resolutions here for some ideas.

Check out the winter pruning primer on the February To Do list on the Garden Calendar page

Did you get an Amaryllis for Christmas? Check out the new page on caring for your Holiday Plants

Mark your calendars LI Hort member Leve Hajdu will be giving a presentation "Gesneriaceae from Oxford & Kew"on Feb 8 at 11:30 am at the Gesneriad Society meeting at Planting Fields visitors center. Check out the Garden Calendar page for more info. Go to the Garden Calendar page and scroll down to the calendar. Also listed there are meeting dates for other gardening societies on LI such as the Orchid, Rose, Rhodie and Cactus Societies.

-Ann Wetzel

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. 


            -Ann Wetzel

February 2020
Horticultural Competition

The Horticultural Competition winners for January are:

Carol Samuels: Best in Show for her stunning Phalaenopsis Orchid she rescued from the side of the road!

Ann Wetzel P46 Miniature Phalaenopsis

Check out the photos from this month's Horticultural Competition here.

The 2019 Horticultural Competition Winners :

Ann Wetzel 1st place

Filomena Salamone 2nd Place

Judy Basse 3rd Place

Presidents Message...

Tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day and spring is right around the corner. One little sprinkle of snow this year (so far) and mild temperatures have fooled my spring bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are pushing their little leaves through the soil. They are tough and resilient and I will be observing them in this time of global warming.

February is always a hard month for me, as I think it is for other gardeners. I want to get my fingernails dirty. I want to smell the fresh, damp earth. Flower shows and gardening catalogs distract me for only so long. I have been known to plant my tomato seeds in February just because I am impatient. Long Island Horticultural Society meetings help and I know you all feel the same as I do.

Eileen Anders presented some great ideas on jumpstarting the vegetable garden season. Planting the seeds in plastic milk jugs is a great idea that I really want to try. I have one juice bottle that is suitable – I can’t get my family to drink fast enough.

The Long Island Hort Exhibition table – what a great way to show off your stuff and brag! Please consider showing us your prize African violet collection, or your framed dried flowers, or your 23 types of heirloom tomatoes! It is also a great way to meet other members you may not have had the opportunity to. Contact me if you are interested.

Valentines Day is around the corner – I hope your loved one is giving you a rose bush instead of a dozen long stemmed ones. See you at the meeting!



    New Members

Louis Arce
Courtney Quinn
Anthi & Nicholas Sabbatini
Tarra & Jasper Sammis
Linda & Ronald Roybal
Kimberly Williams
Randa Touquan

Rita Pasqua