LIHS News & Notes

April 2019

Meeting Notice

Sunday April 14, 

in The Conference Center​

12:30 PM Doors open


Place Horticultural Competition entries by 1pm

1pm Tutorial: Ann Wetzel, Topic:  Starting  Seeds 

2 pm Speaker: Ellen Ecker Ogden Topic: The Art of Growing Food

3pm Society Business, Scholarship Presentation, Raffle & Refreshments, Seed Swap

For more information visit the Meetings Page also check out the photos from the April meeting.

For a list of all the 2019 meetings visit the Programs Page

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 Horticultural     Competion

March Winners:

Judy Basse, Ann Wetzel

Thank you to our volunteer judges: Angela D'Aleo, Bina Chatterjee, Barbara Loechner

For rules, tips & entry forms visit the Competition page

Stop by and check out the New Exhibition Table. This table is for members who come in after 1pm but would still like to show their plants but not in competition. This table can also be used by members to educate members about a type of plant or show off a specific technique. At the March meeting Barbara Hanft showed off her orchid collection.

Seed Swap

Come and join us for our 3rd Annual Seed Swap at the April 14 Meeting. 


You must bring in seeds to participate in the Seed Swap.

These can be seeds you have harvested from your garden or seeds you have purchased.

All types of seeds are included: Annuals, Perennials, Biennials, Herbs, Flowers & Vegetables 

Please include some information on the packets so other members will have some idea of how to grow them. We have a template for making packets if you would like to use it.

For more information visit the Seed Swap Page

President's Message....

   Happy Spring! I think the first day of spring is one of the happiest days for gardeners (the other being the day the tomatoes are ready for picking!) My daffodils are blooming and the perennials are pushing through the dirt. I am always amazed to watch the world reawaken.

   I have started my seeds in the house, and as usual, they are all over the place – every flat surface has been put to use. I will have to find a hiding place for them when my family comes for Easter Brunch in 2 weeks.

   We have a bunch of exciting things planned for LI Hort. Mark your calendars. The Plant Sale starts it all on May 19. I never have enough plants. On June 30, we are having a “Learn to Photograph Your Garden” with Yvonne Berger. We will be in the Synoptic Garden at Planting Fields, and Yvonne will be walking through with us. Bring your camera or your phone camera – it all works! July 19 we are taking a trip to Landcraft Environmental to visit the garden of Dennis Schrader. 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. July 20 we are having a picnic at Centerport Beach. More details to follow.

   The calendar says spring, I don’t care what the thermometer says, bring on the gardening.

Anne Cognato

From the Editor..

Save the Date! July 20, 2019

is the date of our Summer BBQ event. It will be held at Centerport Beach & Park. Stay tuned for more information.

Ronnie Brancazio wrote a lovely review of our March speaker Edwina von Gal. I didn't receive it in time for the March News&Notes.

I have uploaded it here to the website instead.Click Here.

We will be presenting the James and Mary Lee Fuller Scholarship Award at the April Meeting. Priscilla Bauerschmidt has written an article about our winner.

Stuart Germain is the Administrator for our LIHS Facebook page, we have a very active community on Facebook please come and join in the conversation. LIHS Facebook Page

Start thinking about getting plants ready for our Spring Plant Sale on May 19! 

Look in the garden for volunteers and plants that need dividing.

Pot up the plants you wish to donate at least one week before our sale, label each pot with plant names and requirements. Think about using photos to show what the plant will look like in flower.

-Ann Wetzel

Cooks Corner

This month's recipe comes from Toni Cabot Germain. This cake was served at our March Meeting. Pistachio Cake


Please Email recipes to the editor for inclusion in News & Notes


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 check and mail to:

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

Volunteers Needed!

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

We need volunteers for the Membership table email: Shiyama,

Raffle table: email JoAnn Semeraro, Plant sale committee, email Anne Cognato, Summer BBQ committee 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:  Anne Cognato, Toni & Stuart Germain, Angela Swantek, Fran Reff, Sandy Prior, Laura Weill, Terry Sajewski,

JoAnn Semeraro, Muriel Drew, Chris Douglas, Trish Cody

Raffles: Barbara Hanft, Toni & Stuart Germain, Eleanor Aldridge, Barbara Loechner, Josephine Borut, Suzan Goldstein, Dagmar Karppi, Laura Weill, JoAnn Semeraro, Millie Hendricks, Rosemarie Papayanoplus