LIHS News & Notes

July 2019
Volunteers Needed!

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” — Elizabeth Andrew

We need a volunteer for Treasurer Position on the Board of Directors. We also need a volunteer to help with Membership. This person will sit at the Membership table at the meeting, collect dues and give out membership cards. If interested in either position Please email Judy Basse. 

Horticultural Competition

The June winners are:

Mary Wagner

Judy Basse

Thank you to our volunteer judges: Eleanor Aldridge,Pamela Flamm, Ronnie Brancazio

To see all the winning entries go to the Hort. Competition Photo Page


New Members 2019

Mary Pat Lyons
Diane Garvey
Elizabeth Simadis
Joyce Anderson
Franklin Browning
Susan Raeside
Joan Quatrano
Monica Pavilidis
Robert Daniele
Maria & Jeff Hoffman
Kathryn Taborda
Bea Helft
Xi Zhai and Daniel Xu
Judith Gallicchio

Louise Trinche
Dee Downing Schaffield
Marius & Carrie Jaskowski
Cathi Borner
Christine O’Brien
Kathy Gaffney
Alexandra Carnicom
Karen Brenner
Caitlyn Hanft
Barbara Freidank
Jenny Holmes
Michelle & Jason Maines
Ellen Heimberger-Kalison

President's Message....

It is hot, it is hazy and it is humid- it is all the things summer on Long Island is supposed to be! And I love it! I am in my garden every day watering, weeding, and relaxing as I hope you are.

My husband wanted to have a lot of sunflowers in our garden this year – he wanted me to plant them in the existing perennial beds. I did not think this was the best idea so when he was not looking, my son dug me a 3 foot bed on our front lawn. I planted it with about dozen sunflowers, zinnias, and borage (yes, it is a little crowded) and it is doing fine. Once he got over his initial objections, he has grown to like it. Once it starts blooming, it will be like an exclamation point on the front lawn.

Make sure you sign up for our summer picnic in Centerport. It is a chance to socialize with your LI Hort friends outside of Planting Fields. See the website and check your emails for more details.

July 26 we are heading to gardens of Landcraft Environmental. I will be sending an email out shortly with the address. It is located in Mattituck and we will be meeting there at 10am. There is a $10 fee payable at the door. Dennis and Bill’s garden is beautiful, make sure you do not miss this one.

Would you like to work with a diverse group of dynamic gardeners to shape the future of the club? We are looking for someone to take over the position of treasurer on the LI Hort board. Please consider joining the board. The position is not difficult and it comes with training, if you can balance a checkbook, you have the qualifications!

Have a great summer and see you in September!

Volunteers Needed!

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”~Winston Churchill

We need a volunteer for Treasurer Position on the Board of Directors. Please email Judy Basse if interested. We also need volunteers for the following: Membership table - email: Shiyama, Raffle table- email JoAnn Semeraro, judges for the Horticultural competition- email Barbara Hanft

Thank You!

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

Refreshments Toni & Stuart Germain, Fran Reff, Barbara Hanft, Priscilla Bauerschmidt, Suzan Goldstein, Muriel Drew, Sharon Rubin, Marge Duryea, JoAnn Semeraro

Raffles: LI Cactus Society, Planting Fields Arboretum Library, Rosemarie & David Papayanoplus, Francine Reff, Mary Jane Behrenfeld, Angelika Swantek, Phyllis Richards, Kathy A. MacLeod, Elizabeth Simadis, Candace Hamilton

Remember to Renew your Membership

Dont miss out on all LIHS has to offer!

Visit the Membership Page Fill out the form, print it out include a check and mail to:

Maria Hoffman, 951 Jerome St., Baldwin,NY 11510

or bring it to the next meeting.

Meeting Notice

See you in September..

Sunday Sept. 22

Tutorial: Art Papayanopulos Topic: Backyard Chickens: Chicken Breeds & Egg Color

Speaker: Stephanie Gladkowski Topic: Gardening for Butterflies and other Pollinators

See the Meetings Page for more information.

Save the Date

Saturday July 20 from 12pm to 4pm we are having a picnic at Centerport Beach. The cost is $10 for members and $35 for non-members. Lunch will be served at 1pm & there will be a shoreline walking tour with Joyann Cirigliano at 3pm. Please send your payment to Ronnie Brancazio, 26-01 168th St.,  Flushing, NY 11358. For more info Visit Summer Picnic Page. Any addition questions email Joann Semeraro .

Take note Date Change

Friday July 26 LIhort is taking a trip to Landcraft Environments to visit the garden of Dennis Schrader. We will drive our in our own vehicles and meet at Landcraft Environments in Mattituck, NY. If you have not seen his gardens before, you are in for a treat. Dennis has unusual plants, garden rooms, meadows, and more. The cost is $10 a person. Don’t miss this one. Head count is required Please RSVP to Anne Cognato

Cooks Corner

This month's recipe comes from Josephine Borut

Tomato Bread Salad

From the Editor....

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 address below.

Make sure we have your correct email address as this is The primary way we contact members for upcoming events. If you haven't been receiving emails from LI Hort please email me Ann Wetzel at

Be sure to add us: to your safe sender list so LIHS emails go to your inbox and not the junk folder. 

On June 30 we had a personalized lesson in photography from Yvonne Berger in the Synoptic Garden at Planting Fields. Check out the photos here.

While we are outside enjoying the weather so are the bugs Protect yourself with JoAnn's DIY Insect Repellent

Watch the video of how she prepares it here

What you missed at June meeting.....

Ronnie Brancazio wrote an article about Lynn Thomson's informative tutorial you can read that here.

Margaret Roach was our main speaker in June. Ronnie also has a write-up of her lecture here.