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A trifecta of garden-related tidbits in the news today

The village of Plandome Manor has adopted a

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If you've been following the news today, you might have noticed an interesting trend: Gardening and garden-related topics have surfaced in a triplet of stories from around New York.

Exhibit A: As Newsday's Gary Dymski reports, a Greenport woman is facing a petty larceny charge  after allegedly stealing eight perennial plants from an Agway nursery in Southold yesterday, according to police....

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Back to basics: Learn about heirloom vegetables and seed saving

Learn about heirloom vegetables, seed saving and how

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If you're interested in getting back to basics and learning more about heirloom vegetables and seed saving, your ship is coming in on Sunday: Steph Gaylor, owner of Invincible Summer Farms and farmer with the Peconic Land Trust-owned Charnews Farm in Southold, will be giving a presentation at Hallockville Museum Farm, where she'll discuss saving, archiving and growing heirlooms, as well as how home...

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American Rose Society show coming to Long Island

A rose is a rose is a rose...see

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Every gardener knows June is for roses, so it's only fitting that the Long Island Rose Society is holding its annual judging and exhibition on Sunday, June 9 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park (1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay).

The show, titled "Fairy Tales and Roses," will feature hundreds of roses of all classes, from minis and hybrid teas...

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Burpee's Grow Anywhere truck visits Brentwood

Burpee Home Gardens has taken its "Grow Anywhere

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Burpee Home Gardens has taken its “Grow Anywhere Tour” on the road, and Brentwood residents were on the receiving end yesterday of 1,300 pounds of produce and 450 vegetable plants.

The 10,000-mile tour across the country, which began in March, will distribute 13,000 vegetable plants and 30,000 pounds of produce by the time it wraps up its mission later this month. The company also is distributing...

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Get ready for the 2013 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst quickly takes his hands

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It’s time to prepare for the 7th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge! This year’s contest will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville.)

Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest ripe fruit to the event. I’ll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2013 Tomato King or Queen.

The...

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Correcting Sandy damage in the garden

On flooded Fire Island Avenue in Babylon, the

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Many on Long Island whose gardens were flooded by superstorm Sandy are wondering whether it’s safe to eat vegetables grown in soil contaminated by water that not only contained salt but might have transported chemicals, bacteria and other pathogens to their gardens. Others fear plants may not grow there at all.

Both concerns are valid, but the situation is not hopeless: In the months since...

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Brood II cicadas on the way; protect new trees and pets

Red-eyed cicadas appear in Annandale, Va. (May 21,

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Ever notice how most years, you only see a few cicadas, and you don't hear them chirping all that much? And then other years you find their discarded exoskeletons on everything from gas grills and swing sets to front doors and mailboxes? Ever notice how those are the years when it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock movie outside your window every night around Memorial Day?

That's because after...

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Garden Poetry Contest: It's on!

A woman writes Japanese poetry during the Kamo

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It's time for our annual Garden Poetry Contest, and this year's topic is "Lucky Seven."

Send in your original poem of exactly seven lines that conveys seven things you love about gardening. Write an ode to your seven favorite plants, set your seven seed-starting steps to prose or rhyme seven uses for your homegrown radicchio. Use your imagination!

The best submissions will...

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Long Island's first orchid festival coming this week

Orchids will be on display at the New

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The annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden gets lots of well-deserved fanfare, but this year Long Island will get its own piece of the orchid pie.

The Long Island Orchid Society's first-ever Long Island Orchid Festival hits the scene this week, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3-5 at Planting fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. The festival will host orchid...

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Benner's Farm workshops for kids, teens and adults

During an open house at Benner's Farm in

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It's time to start focusing on the outdoors, and getting better educated is always part of the fun. Benner's Farm in Setauket (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., 631-689-8172) has unveiled a roster of workshops that will get you on your way, help the little ones get involved and even give teens something to look forward to. 

Eat Dirt You Worm! (Ages 5 and up, $35) Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-noon

Learn...

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