Vincent Simeone, the horticultural brains behind just about everything you see when you stroll through Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay has been named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association.

Simeone will officially get the title at a soiree dinner dance that begins at 7:30 p.m. on October 15 at Villa Lombardi's in Holtsville.

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This is a pretty big deal, and you actually can attend the festivities yourself and rub elbows with Long Island's horticutural elite. Tickets are $125 per person, which benefits the LINLA Grants and Scholarship Fund. Call 516-249-0545 for details.

>> VIDEO: Vincent Simeone gives us a guided tour of Planting Fields Arboretum