Long Island Horticultural Society

September 13 Webinar

Speaker: Lorraine Ballato

Webinar will start at 7pm. Topic: Foolproof Hydrangeas

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

Lorraine Ballato, author of the international bestselling book: Success with Hydrangeas: A Gardener’s Guide

No garden is complete without this queen of American shrubs. From 18-inch, container-sized, reblooming beauties to 8-foot explosions of multicolored zing, there is a hydrangea for every garden. Through slides and discussion, you’ll learn all about hydrangeas, including the many recent introductions that have hit the market, their proper care, and the hardy cultivars that perform well despite over-enthusiastic pruning and finicky weather. You’ll leave this talk never again having to ask the question, “Why doesn’t my hydrangea bloom?”

About the Speaker:

As a professional horticulturist, Lorraine lectures and has her writing and photographs published regularly in Connecticut Gardener, Edible Nutmeg, and other horticultural publications. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program as well as for the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

Lorraine has spoken on numerous gardening radio programs and podcasts from Alaska to Connecticut. She speaks nationally at regional symposiums, flower shows, to civic groups and garden clubs, creating talks that are both instructive and highly entertaining on a broad range of subjects which are tailored to each audience.

In her role as an Advanced Master Gardener, Lorraine works with a sizeable team of gardeners of all levels in a 3000 square foot organic fruit and vegetable garden in Fairfield County, CT.

Lorraine's latest book is the international best selling Success with Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide. Her previous book is Successful Self Watering Containers: Converting Your Favorite Container to a Self-Waterer. You can learn more about Lorraine on her website, http://www.lorraineballato.com where you can also sign up for her hydrangea blog.

July 26 Webinar to be rescheduled

Webinar will start at 7pm. Topic: Condition of the Urban Forest

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

Conrad Decker, the founder and owner of Decker's Nursery, began caring for trees in 1987 as a Tree Climber, in Princeton, New Jersey.

His desire to work on a diversity of properties brought him to Long Island in 1996. After working on properties throughout Long Island for 14 years the opportunity to purchase what is now Decker’s Nursery & Florist, became available.

As Conrad considered the “leap of faith” into the nursery he was still diagnosing landscape concerns daily. It was apparent that 80% of his diagnosis were related to improper planting techniques and improper post-care. His customers all thought they hired “professionals” to do the work and became frustrated with their losses or additional costs. It was apparent that a lot of wrong information was being disseminated; clients didn’t know who to believe.


“Wouldn’t it be great, if I could develop a business that’s provides a place for homeowners to get sound, accurate information regarding horticulture.” “We can assist them with information and guidance as well as offering services to do the plantings and maintenance.”

In 2010 Decker’s Nursery opened with the mission and vision that Conrad had for decades. “Your Horticultural Resource Center” remains the tag line and focus of the business today. As the business grows our mission has expanded to include all types of plant material. Annuals, Perennials, Tropical and Indoor Plants as well as his true love, ornamental trees and shrubs.

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