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The 58th annual Long Island Chrysanthemum Society Show is coming to Hicks Nurseries in Old Westbury.
Society members will be competing for blue ribbon prizes, and an array of chrysanthemums -- including bonsai chrysanthemums and others with flowers measuring 11 inches across -- will be on display for visitors to see.
The mums will be on view on Saturday, Oct. 20 from...Read more »
If you love butterflies, chances are you've planted Monarda (bee balm), Buddleia (butterfly bush), Asclepias (butterfly weed) and other perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs known to lure Lepidoptera. But this is 2012, so you probably won't want stop there in the real world; you'll likely want to max things out in the virtual world.
A new app, Journey North, from Annenberg Learner, will let...Read more »
If you're like me -- despite concerns about the environment, insects, deer and plant diseases -- you secretly were thrilled that last winter wasn't much of a winter at all.
Winter's simply not my thing. The snow is beautiful when it's flurrying from the sky. And maybe for a day afterward. And then -- wham! -- dirty, gray, exhaust-fume-stained, slushy slop. And that's what we're left with for...Read more »
We have a winner!
The 6th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge was held with much fanfare Friday evening, with gardeners from all over Long Island gathering in Newsday's Melville auditorium to spend a couple of hours with me, share their growing secrets, their jokes and compete for the title of Long Island Tomato King or Queen.
Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst took top honors for his...Read more »
I'm dusting off my trusty scale and getting prizes together -- it's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge day! No need to register, just show up with your biggest, baddest tomato at 235 Pinelawn Rd. in Melville at 7 p.m. Follow the red balloons to the entrance. I'm looking forward to a fun evening of tips and tomato camaraderie with readers before weighing tomatoes and naming a winner. See you tonight!...Read more »
Looking for something to do tonight? Farmingdale State University's Professor Richard Iversen will give a twilight tour of the campus' nationally recognized Tropical Garden at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation on the Amazon Tropical Forest by Professor Eric Morgan.
This year's heat hasn't been kind to my annuals, but it's just what those tropicals crave, so they're in top form for the...Read more »
Saturday, Aug. 11
11 a.m.: Cherry Grove Garden Club meeting
All are welcome, and actually having your own garden is not a requirement. On the agenda: a discussion of the proposed garden maintenance plan for the Community House, planning for an early fall garden cleanup day and a fall walking tour. (202 Surf Walk, Cherry Grove)
7 p.m.: Picnic Pops at Old Westbury...Read more »
This week's column looks at the growing deer population and what it means for gardeners (destroyed plants) and residents in general (lots of ticks, Lyme and other disease risks).
I'm very well aware of the issues and challenges created by deer in not-too-distant lands, but (and I would never gloat -- just stating a fact), my neighbors and I are completely unaffected, as I live in western Nassau....Read more »
Impatiens are usually among the easiest bedding and container plants to grow in the Northeast. Give them some shade, some water, and they look like the photo above, rewarding you with colorful flowers all summer long. But, according to my mailbag, these workhorses aren't doing so well this year.
After publishing a column recently that addressed a reader's difficulty getting her impatiens...Read more »
Invasive, nonnative plant species have long been a problem in New York and elsewhere, with environmentally conscious organizations such as the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, agricultural extensions across the country, and yours truly advising against their use for years. Yesterday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took things a step further and actually signed a bill into law that will make it illegal...Read more »