Long Island Horticultural Society

May News & Notes

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From the Editor....

As we are continuing to practice social distancing yet have the desire to remain together as a group we are having Virtual Garden Tours of Members' gardens.

We encourage all our members to participate so we may preserve the Long Island Horticultural Society until this pandemic has past. 

To participate in the Virtual Garden Tours please email me at Ann Wetzel with photos of your garden. You can start off with a few and add to them later as spring/summer blossoms in your garden. Just send your photos to me and I will update the slide show viewers found here: Virtual Garden Tours

Also check out garden tours from 2019 and 2018

As we are all cooking at home more now than ever I'm sure everyone has favorite or go to recipes to share with the membership. Please participate in sharing your favorite recipes in our Cooks Corner Column. Please email your recipes to me, Ann Wetzel to be featured here in News & Notes.

Working Separately, Together:

send along tips, tricks, garden hacks, to teach members something they might find useful in their gardens. Email me at Ann Wetzel

Tip: Add inoculant when planting legumes(peas and beans) so that the plants will be able to fix Nitrogen; take nitrogen out of the air and add it to the soil.

-Ann Wetzel

May 17 Meeting is Canceled

Due to the ongoing pandemic we are canceling the May 17 meeting.
In regards to our June 28 meeting we will update you as more information becomes available. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Stay Safe and Be Well.




I have put together a tutorial on Seed Starting Basics similar to the Tutorial Presentation I did last year. It covers the basics: medium,heat, light and potting up.

Find the Video Here.

There is also a second video on tips & tricks that covers everything from Pre-soaking to Thinning techniques.

Tips & Tricks video

-Ann Wetzel


             to the Rescue!


Ann Wetzel

Please consider Planting Vegetables/Fruit/ Herbs to Feed the Hungry this year.


I hope you and your families are all well. The corona virus is affecting our daily lives, even our gardening lives. The May meeting has been cancelled, we are watching how things play out before we decide on June. You don’t realize what you are missing until it is gone they say, and I know there are a lot of us missing the monthly meetings – the friendships are the biggest complaint. But friendships, like plants, are resilient. It is only a matter of time.

And on top of that, Mother’s day weekend, the weathermen have predicted snow flurries. Who would have thought? These are strange times.

To pass the time, I have been watching Gardeners World (a weekly show) on the Britbox channel, Back to Eden (a documentary), This Beautiful Fantastic (a movie) and reading Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively.


Stay Well and GARDEN ON!


Walking in the Neighborhood 2


Toni Cabat & Stuart Germain

Cook's Corner

Pasta Primavera is a classic pasta dish that was born in the 70’s at Le Cirque in NYC.

Primavera means spring, this dish celebrates spring by using spring veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, peas, & carrots.

Pasta Primavera Recipe

- Ann Wetzel

The Guest Speaker we all Missed due to March Cancellation…

by Carolyn Bantz, Programming Committee

After hearing Deanna Curtis of the NY Botanic Garden explain how best to care for our precious trees at our February LIHS meeting, what better topic to follow up with in March but a talk from someone who has learned to “embrace shade as an opportunity instead of an obstacle?” Jenny Rose Carey, renowned professor and author, is an avid hands-on gardener in both England and the United States. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse gardens spaces, including a shade garden, moss garden, and a stumpery. It is a bit more than a 4 acre property designed to educate its visitors about different plants, planting techniques, and garden features.

Jenny Rose is also the senior director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 25 acre Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown, PA. Meadowbrook Farm became a nonprofit affiliate of the PHS in April, 2004, and if you choose to take a road trip through PA, it is about a 40 minute drive north of Philadelphia. Find it on Google, or, go to www.JennyRoseCarey.com, and you can plan a trip to Northview, or purchase a copy of Jenny’s latest book, Glorious Shade, released by Timber Press in 2017. Either way, it’s a win-win.

FYI: Tamson Yeh, speaking on Edible Landscapes, has been rescheduled for February 21, 2021. Stay safe at home and in your gardens!

Membership Renewal

We have a new Membership Form here on the website. Just type your information into the form and print it out. The form will print out with all 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:

Katherine Readinger 12 Evans Court, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Access the Membership Form Here



"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 Carolyn Bantz

The Programming Committee is looking for volunteers to help provide interesting and informative speakers. There are lots of opportunities to use the skills you have, or to learn new ones while working with fellow members. Email Bruce Hambrecht, Carolyn Bantz, or Ann Wetzel with any questions. (Board membership not required).

Ode To Spring by
Murray Cohen

In this, the rainy season,

as days grow long,

and May waits in the wings,

I look around,

survey the land,

as flowers practice music

hand in hand.

Cherry blossoms,

harbingers of spring,

have come along,

have done their thing,

with numbers

only nature lovers sing,

and those dependable camellias,

late in April,

still alive,

make a once and dormant

landscape seem to thrive.

I notice dogwood buds,

as well, opening their arms

to welcome robins

for a spell,

and daffodils and hyacinths

rising from the ground,

and as I look around,

I see tall irises,

all waiting to display,

with a lavender array

that will astound.

This is my Eden, my retreat,

this world of color,

things I love that live

and breathe,

and I will always bless the earth that lies beneath.



            Virtual Visits

Gardens & Museums from 

around the world.

This month: 

NYBG Orchid show, Keukenhof, The Louvre, and a Bonsai Tutorial from Longwood Gardens