Long Island Horticultural Society

                        Oct. 18 Webinar  7pm

Speaker: Douglas Tallamy  Topic: Nature’s Best Hope

LI Hort Members will receive an email with the link to the meeting room.

Speaker: Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. He was also awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013. His latest book Nature’s Best Hope, was published in 2020 by Timber Press.


Topic: Nature's Best Hope - Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

                        Nov. 15 Webinar  7pm

Speaker: Mobee Weinstein  Topic: Great Garden Ferns 

LI Hort Members will receive an email with the link to the meeting room.

Speaker:  Mobee Weinstein is currently Foreman of Gardeners for Outdoor Gardens at The New York Botanical Garden. She holds a Diploma from the NYBG School of Professional Horticulture, a BS in Plant Studies from Lehman College of CUNY and has done post-graduate study in Botany.  She has been at the NYBG since 1980 and has worked in most areas there, including 10 years caring for the fern collection. Mobee has collected ferns in Mexico, studied tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica and celebrated the British Pteridological Society's Centenary in England. Mobee frequently teaches and lectures to various groups and organizations, is a regular instructor at the NYBG and was also an Adjunct Professor at Farmingdale State University for over 20 years. She appears on television and radio, and has been published numerous times. Her newest work, The Complete Book of Ferns, was released in January 2020.

Mobee is a Certified Organic Land Care Professional, Certified Pesticide Applicator, Past President of the New York Chapter of The American Fern Society, and has been a Judge for The Philadelphia Flower Show for 25 years.

Topic: Great Garden Ferns Welcome to the wonderful world of ferns! These ancient plants, so loved during the Victorian Era, are currently enjoying renewed popularity. For centuries, their incredible array of forms and textures has made them the decorators choice for ornamentation of benches, fabrics, glassware, prints and more. The luxuriant and graceful forms of ferns evoke the essence of a pristine environment. Plant native ferns for a more sustainable gardening approach or include their European and Asian sisters, often quite at home and generally well behaved here. There are small ferns for tucking into a rock garden and larger ones for a dose of classical elegance. Admire the cool, leathery texture of a frond or delight in one covered in eyelashes. Marvel at the many shades of green, or bronze, silver and burgundy. Versatile, ferns work with any style, be it modern, classic, formal, wild and natural or other. Come along on this foray and meet some great garden ferns.