Long Island Horticultural Society

November News & Notes

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November 2020
President's Message...

After Doug Tallamy’s talk (and Conrad Decker’s a few months’ back), I felt compelled to go plant an oak tree. Save the caterpillar, and it sets off a chain reaction up the food chain. There are two native, wild cherry trees growing in my backyard and a Japanese maple in the front yard. One of the cherry trees was also the home of the boys’ tree house. In addition to Tallamy’s arguments for growing trees, he failed to mention children. My children spent hours playing in the trees, observing nature, and making their own treehouse. I am sure yours did the same. So plant a tree for them, too.

Doug’s message is an important one, and we can do our part. It may seem small, what we can each do, but each little part contributes to a bigger picture. So plant a couple of natives. Long Island Native Plant Initiative is a good resource (http://www.linpi.org). They hold plant sales twice a year, and only sell plants found natively on Long Island. I purchased my milkweed plants from them.

The gardening season is just about over. I did some year cleanup today. There is one autumn crocus in my garden, it reliably blooms every October, its purple blossom above leaf litter. Next week, if the weather cooperates, I will be planting my tulips.

So for November, we have Mobee Weinstein speaking on ferns. I am really excited, I love ferns (if you have not realized it yet, I love all plants!) I find ferns interesting in their shape, and colors. They come off as delicate but they are really tough. And I love in the spring when they break ground, their little spirally, fiddleheads reaching for the sun. How could you not love them? That webinar will be on November 15 on zoom.

Thanks to all who shared their selfies with the favorite plants. We have varied tastes!

I have started reading “My Wild Garden” by Meir Shalev. It is a collection of essays of garden adventures and observations as he weeds and plants in Israel. His discussion of mole rats is comical. I found the book at my library. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it. And if you have any recommendations on garden reading, let me know.

Covid still has us on the same path of webinars. I am hoping a vaccination comes soon so we can all get back to normal.

Sands Point Trip Update

Toni had planned a trip to Sand’s Point for last spring, and due to covid, it did not happen. We were hoping to reschedule, but Sand’s Point has restrictions, and covid is still keeping things at bay. For those of you who paid for the trip, would you be will to donate the $5 to the scholarship fund?

Please contact me, annecognato@gmail.com

Nov. 15 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Mobee Weinstein 

Topic: Great Garden Ferns

Foreman of Outdoor Gardens at The New York Botanical Garden  She has been at the NYBG since 1980 and has worked in most areas there, including 10 years caring for the fern collection. These ancient plants, so loved during the Victorian Era, are currently enjoying renewed popularity.Come along on this foray and meet some great garden ferns. For more information Click here

From the Editor....

Once again we got a beautiful day to go to Queens Botanical Gardens for their Orchid show.  It was a nice warm day and even the plants were fooled into thinking it was spring as the Forsythia were blooming! My traveling companions; Jane Jollon, Maureen Wawrzonek, Joan Insogna, and I enjoyed the orchid show and walking around the gardens. The orchid show was held outside under a covering near the gift shop. Since the plants were being kept outdoors there were only the cold hardiest of orchids being displayed: Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Oncidium, Miltonia, and Burrageara,and Odontocidium. Even though it was a small showing they had some spectacular orchids. A white Militonia with a perfectly formed purple "butterfly" in the center. After the show was finished they sold off the orchids from the show. Can't miss an opportunity to buy more plants! While the wait on line to shop was long we were entertained by a very enterprising and fearless squirrel. Check out the photos here.

Don't forget to check out the October To-Do List on the Garden Calendar page.

Visit the Virtual Garden page and see what is blooming now in the fall. 

In such a year as this I'm thinking about a re-imagining of Thanksgiving and transforming it to Giving Thanks to EMT & health care workers for all they have done for people during this pandemic. Doesn't have to be grandiose, something simple such as picking some pretty flowers from the garden and dropping them off at your local EMT station, or hospital. Bring them a basket of home-grown veggies or homemade goodies, or even a Box of Joe, just to let them know your thinking about them and thank them for all they do for all of us.

-Ann Wetzel

2021 Board of Directors

Slate of Officers

President: Anne Cognato
1st Vice-President: Terry Sajewski
2nd Vice-President: Priscilla Bauerschmidt
Treasurer: Maria Hoffman
Recording Secretary: Ronnie Brancazio
Corresponding Secretary: Connie Knies
Membership Secretary: Kathy Readinger

Directors: Term ending:
2021: Ann Wetzel, Barbara Hanft, Courtney Quinn
2022: Richard Edwards, Carol Kazdan, Kimberly Williams
2023 Levente Hajdu, JoAnn Semeraro, Stephen Huysman
The vote will be taken via email this year. LI Hort Members will receive an email in November.

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from Bill Barash:

Ginger Salmon 



                Virtual Visits

This month: 

Lynn Thomson suggested this video of Margaret Roach reading an excerpt from her book, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There"

Conestoga House and Gardens Tour & Bulbs in Containers

"Autumn's Last Hurrah" A photo essay by Ronnie Brancazio:

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

Here are the few flowers in my garden which are holding on to the bitter end,  which as of now is late October. Some are annuals, some perennials; some plants are full of flowers and some are clinging to one last blossom or spire. Maybe you will find this helpful in planning for some late fall color. I know I am grateful for these last brave hangers-on! Now it's time to dream of spring!

Click on the photos to view the slide show

Membership Renewal Form

Please fill out the Membership Form here on the website, when renewing or joining. 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. Please send the filled out form with your check to: Katherine Readinger 12 Evans Court, Huntington Station, NY 11746   Access the Membership Form Here