Long Island Horticultural Society

October News & Notes

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October 2020

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.

October 18 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Douglas Tallamy

Topic: Nature’s Best Hope

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. For more information Click here

Photos from Our Social Distancing Get Together at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Saturday September 12. 

President's Message...

 I was cleaning up my garden a bit and I noticed a tree started growing in one of my beds. It was not the usual cherry or Japanese maple that I normally get – it was unfamiliar. I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture and ran it through the plant snap app. I was really excited but dubious when the app came back and told me it was a theobroma – cacao, chocolate. Anything chocolate is good in my book, but Long Island and cacao trees – how would a cacao pod get here?

I let it continue to grow a couple of more weeks which leads us to now. I pulled it out this morning.  To my surprise, there was an avocado pit with roots attached to this tree! I am sure some well meaning squirrel grabbed a pit and buried it, hoping to feed him in the winter. Given our winters, the tree would not have survived but the mystery was solved.

 October 18 is our next meeting and I know it is drawing a lot of excitement. Doug Tallamy, the father of the native garden/planting movement will be speaking. It will be a zoom meeting on Sunday evening. Mark it on your calendar now and don’t forget!

 We are continuing with our zoom meetings through December. Covid is still a threat and Planting Fields has placed a few restrictions/guidelines in order to use the conference center. The biggest one is that we need to limit the number of attendees. Zoom has no limits on attendees, that is our method of choice for meeting right now.

 The get together in Syosset was a huge success! It was great to see everyone. Sometimes you don’t know how much you miss something until it is taken away. We all wore masks and socially distanced. The park was beautiful and uncrowded. Thank you to everyone on the board who worked to make this happen.

 I was in Belmont State park this morning and the leaves are starting to change. Fall is here, enjoy the cool weather before old man winter arrives.







 Eileen Anders 

    What I learned
         from my
  Pandemic Garden
 Ronnie Brancazio
From the Editor....

We were gifted with a beautiful day on Sept. 26. The perfect temperature of 70+ degrees. My traveling companions; Maureen Wawrzonek, Joan Insogna, Jane Jollon and I traveled northward to Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY. 

They way they are handling visits to the gardens are by purchasing timed ticket; tickets are free, however you still have to purchase tickets for your time slot, masks are a must. You are allowed to be in the gardens for 90 mins. We ran over a little bit, as it is a very long slow walk down the stairs to the Vista and than back up a hill, through the woods, to the Temple of Love. Thankfully there is a beautifully sculpted bench in the woods about halfway up the mighty hill. 

If you haven't ever been to the Untermyer Garden I do recommend you go & fall is a wonderful time to visit.

View pictures of our visit Click 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.          I wish you a Spooky 


- Ann

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from Ann Wetzel:

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding to enjoy the bountiful apple harvest

Recap of Sept.

Webinar: Success with Hydrangeas by

Ronnie Brancazio

Click Here

Link to Lorraine Ballato's Handout:

Success w/ Hydrangeas



                Virtual Visits

This month: 

The Shapes Of Plants, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Brooklyn Botanical Garden -Journey Through Summer
Butterflies & Moths plus Make Origami Butterfly

Background Image © William S. Barash