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Long Island Horticultural Society

June News & Notes

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June 25 Meeting

Sunday June 25, in the conference center at Planting Fields Arboretum. 

Speaker: Vincent Simeone

Topic: The Sensory garden at Planting Fields Arboretum.

For more information see the Meetings Page

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

Speakers start at 2pm. Doors open at 12:30pm

Place Horticultural Competition entries by 1pm

Horticultural Judging from 1pm to 1:30 pm

1:30 - 2pm LIHS Business and Announcements

Speaker starts at 2pm

After speaker presentation concludes 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.  

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

Bring a guest to the June Meeting for free!

Winners for the May

Horticultural Competition:

1st Place D11 Jo Borut Golden Gate Climbing Rose
1st place L30 Lady Slipper Orchid Paphiopedilum sp.
1st Place C8b Ikebana arrangement: Mediterranean bells (Allium siculum, Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus sp.)


May 28, 2023 Meeting

At our Sunday, May 22 Meeting, Members and Guests of LIHS experienced a truly remarkable presentation on the Japanese Art of Ikebana Floral Arrangements.


Hiroko and Gerard are a wife and husband team who present together and complement each other perfectly - she appears in traditional Japanese garb and silently demonstrates her remarkable skill in a reserved and gracious manner, while he (a native Long Islander) speaks about the history, techniques, materials, philosophy and artistry of Ikebana in a warm, open, engaging and often humorous style. Continue reading here

Scholarship Winner Presentation at our June Meeting

Please join the Scholarship Committee in congratulating this year’s winner of our James & Mary Lee Fuller Scholarship, Liliya Dagle. Liliya’s recommenders, Mr. Arnedos, Adjunct Professor, and Dr. Lehrer, Department Chair of Urban Horticulture and Design at Farmingdale State College where Liliya is achieving a nearly perfect GPA describe her as dedicated, passionate with a true sense of wonder about the world, a hard worker when it comes to taking on projects both independently and with others, a real plant lover, and someone who they would jump at the chance to add to their team in either design or management! The Scholarship Committee was happy to hear how Liliya looks forward to using her degree in Horticulture to help design and maintain natural spaces that help people “relax and rejuvenate, while supporting native ecosystems”, and we loved that she is looking forward to her internship at Planting Fields this summer-we think she’ll fit right in here! We hope Liliya will have a long career in Horticulture and will continue to share her passions and talents with the Long Island Horticultural Society. Liliya is looking forward to joining us at our June meeting and we all can’t wait to congratulate her in person! 

Special thanks to our Scholarship Committee members, Toni and Stuart Cabat and Tara Mounce Sammis, as well as Priscilla Bauerschmidt for her guidance as we celebrate our first post-pandemic Scholarship ceremony!

Image by micheile henderson

Tomato and Basil Perfect Companions

We know that tomato and basil pair well in recipes but they also pair well in the garden too! They both like the same conditions; they love to bake in the hot sun and get regular water. Bonus: The basil can keep pests away from the tomatoes too!  Gardeners attest to growing them together improves the flavor of tomatoes. Studies now have shown that growing them together creates a greater yield from the tomatoes. Keep in mind though that the tomatoes will get much larger than the basil so make sure that the tomatoes don't shade out the basil.

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Donations to the Raffle Table:

David & Rosemarie Papayanopulos, Kathy Readingger, Barbara Hanft
Patty Jarrett,Toni & Stuart Germain, Phyllis Richards, Joan Mc Gillicuddy
JoAnn Semeraro, Cynthia Hopping, Jeanette Murphy, Kathy MacLeod, Carolyn Do

Thank you to Courtney Quinn for creating the Hospitality table centerpiece.

Donations to the Hospitality Table:

 Rosemarie Papayanopulos, Courtney Quinn, Goldstein, Toni & Stuart Germain, Francine Reff, Eileen Anders, Chris Douglas, JoAnn Semeraro


Eleanor Aldridge & Ronnie  Brancazio
Sunday, June 25th
Time: 12:30 to End of Meeting
Please be sure to visit the Exhibition Table where long-time LIHS members 
Eleanor Aldrich and Ronnie Brancazio will be presenting a display of their Pressed and Dried Flower Crafts. They are anxious to share their love of this horticultural art/craft and answer any questions you may have.
There will also be handouts with information about supplies 
and useful plant materials.

The Cookie List

Toni Cabat & Stuart Germain

Many years ago, at our first meeting of LIHORT, it was announced that the cookie list was going around the room and to sign up if you want to.  No one really explained what the Cookie List was since it appeared that all the members knew, but we thought what could be bad about a Cookie List? We loved everything about cookies, even Fig Newtons! It was not until the next monthly newsletter came out where we read that we were to bring cookies to the following month's meeting. Continue reading here

Visit America's Best Private Gardens

Fueling America’s passion for gardens, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program annually celebrates the country’s most exciting, creative, and innovative private gardens. Open Days is made up of a nationwide community of gardeners and garden enthusiasts teaching and inspiring each other and the public. From expert to novice, there is no better way to improve as a gardener than by experiencing a diverse range of gardens, and gardening traditions, firsthand. Continue reading here

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from JoAnn Semeraro

Caponata (Sicilian Eggplant Relish)

Angela D' Aleo Open Garden, Sat. June 2, Photos © Marie Baron

Sunset in Mountain

June 2023

From the editor....
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On May 27 we ventured out to vist 3 very different open gardens that were part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Garden days. All were beautiful in their own way and all very different from each other. It was a great mix of gardening styles.

Bill Schiavo is a self-confessed lazy gardener. When he moved into his home first job was rip out all the grass and replace it with tough, deer resistant plants that basically take care of themselves. What he ended up creating was a relaxing woodland garden, full of little surprises and a certified wildlife habitat in Wading River. The garden has 3 water features and the sound of water trickling and running was so peaceful and relaxing. There are seating areas all around the garden to invite the viewer to sit, enjoy and relax. The garden is a wonderful blend of leaf texture & colors....

 Continue reading here

Click on the gallery to see all the photos

Check out the Garden Calendar for all the jobs to get to this month.

Check out JoAnn's Tutorial on making your own insect repellent. Mosquitos have started early you should too!

-Ann Wetzel

Volunteer Needed For Horticultural Competition Clerk
Responsibilities include:
Being able to attend most meetings and arriving between 12:15-12:30pm to help set up tables with all competition materials. Knowledge of the
horticultural competition manual, which can be found here.  Some plant knowledge helpful, to help entrants fill out competition entry forms. Being organized and able to record and track winners and points system for year-end awards. Clerk will announce winners at meeting. Training will be provided by the current Horticultural competition clerk Ronnie Brancazio and former clerk Barbara Hanft. If interested, please send email to

A Bleeding Heart That Tolerates Heat

'Titanium' is a bleeding heart new cultivar with an exceptionally long bloom time, keeps going in the heat of summer too! Its clean white flowers appear over many weeks, even as hot weather arrives. Its fine-textured, blue-toned foliage makes a beautiful accent in the shade garden as well.

Common name: 'Titanium' bleeding heart

Botanical name: Dicentra 'Titanium'

Exposure: Part sun to full shade

Flowers: Pure white, drooping flowers appear continually from spring through summer on arching stems that rise several inches above the foliage.

Foliage: Lacy, fernlike foliage is present from spring through fall. Its color is a smoky blue-green.

Habit: Mounding, to 9 inches tall and 18 inches wide

Origin: 'Titanium' first occurred as a sport of the dicentra cultivar named 'Pink'. Both are part of the "Amore" collection introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries.

Plant 'Titanium' bleeding heart in part sun to full shade and average, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Although it tolerates heat better than many bleeding hearts, it may take a brief rest in summer if it is receiving strong sun. It is more dependable as a repeat bloomer with shade. Winter hardy in USDA Zones 5–9.

Eco Friendly Roses

Image by Waldemar

Roses are classic garden plants with vast emotional appeal. They’re familiar, nostalgic and symbolic. In recent decades they’ve shed their reputation of being fussy and prone to disease, thanks to groundbreaking cultivars like Knock Out (‘RADraz’), which turned 20 in the year 2020. The breeding of disease-resistant roses has given them entry to spray-free pollinator-friendly gardens. Continue reading here

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