Long Island Garden Events, September 2017

September is here on Long Island, that means it is time to clean up your garden beds and get out and enjoy the start of the crisp fall air! There will be many tours and public events happening all over Long Island to celebrate the upcoming autumnal season. Here is a list of some of the events going on. 

Ongoing Events

  • Tai Chi & Yoga at Old Westbury Gardens – throughout Autumn at Old Westbury Gardens, Click here to learn more.
  • Free Guided Tours of Bayard Cutting Arboretum – Saturdays at 11AM at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Click here to learn more.
  • Madoo Garden – Every Friday and Saturday from 12PM-4PM at Madoo Garden, May 15th until September 15th. Click here to learn more.
  • Free Lawn Care Advice (in person or via email) at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton – Tuesdays through the end of October 2:30PM-5PM, Click here to learn more.
  • Pallets in the Park – Wednesdays and Saturdays through October at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Click here to learn more.
  • What in the World is a Herbarium? – Through October 29th in Ross Gallery, Click here to learn more.
  • CHIHULY Nights – Thursdays to Saturdays through October 6:30PM-10:30PM at New York Botanical Gardens, Click here to learn more.
  • LI Dahlia Society Volunteers Meet – Saturday Mornings through November 9AM at the William Wolkoff Garden at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Click here to learn more.

Dated Events 

  • Then and Now Tour: Garden Styles at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – September 9th, 11AM-12:30PM. Click here to learn more.
  • Late Summer Seasonal Stroll (Adult Program) – September 9th, 11AM-1PM at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. Registration Required. Click here to learn more.
  • Talk & Tour: Tranquility in the Garden – September 11th, 2PM at Old Westbury Gardens. Click here to learn more.
  • Fall in Love with Composting – September 13th, 6PM-8PM at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. PreRegistration Required. Click here to learn more.
  • Greenwich Village Walking Tour of Urban Gardens & Parks – September 16th, 8AM-4PM. Click here to learn more.
  • Bird Walks with New York City Audubon – September 16th, 9:30AM-10:30AM. Registration Required. Click here to learn more.
  • Afternoon Tea & Tour – September 20th & 21st, 1PM at Orchard Hill in Old Westbury Gardens. Advance Tickets Required. Click here to learn more.
  • Stargazers Skywatching Session at Old Westbury Garden – September 28th, 8:30PM. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to Mjlgarden for the original information. Click here to view more events!

September Annuals

We grew many annuals and perennials in our yard this year. Here is photos of the annuals that we grew. Some of the plants include Tomatoes, Dusty Miller, Coleus, Gerber Daisies and Marigolds. All of the colors are so vibrant and beautiful! The Marigolds are so bright and the yellow color is so nice! 

What to do in September

It’s September, school is starting back up again and fall weather is coming quickly. Here are some helpful tips to keep you on schedule for the month of September in your garden.

1. Now is the time to reseed and/or renovate the lawn. Also now is the time to celebrate Labor Day! Sow your lettuce, cabbage, arugula, collards, kale, radishes, spinach, kohlrabi, Asian greens, mustard greens, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussel sprouts for the fall harvest. You can also plant ferns in shady garden beds and borders.

2.Test your soil and add lime if needed to correct the pH, it will work on the soil all winter long. If your tomato plants are still producing blossoms, remove them. We want the plant to focus solely on ripening the existing fruit. Do not prune your spring-flowering shrubs now or they will not bloom next year.

3. Time to harvest grapes! You can also stop deadheading roses, so the hips will form. You can either make tea with them (only if they are chemical free) or leave them on as an accent to the plant. You can also plant witch hazel, red-twig dogwood, deciduous holly and beauty berry for winter interest. Bring in those tender pond plants and keep them moist by a sunny window.

4. It is the official beginning of fall! You can use last summers crops that are left to make soup (go crazy!) Pot up those rosemary, chive and parsley plants from the garden and bring ’em indoors near a sunny window.

5. Rake your soil well and get rid of fallen leaves and plant debris. We don’t want disease to overwinter in the soil, where it will attack again next year. Wait until your pumpkins are a rich orange color before harvesting. Leave several inches of stem attached to prevent premature rotting.

Thank you Jessica Damiano for the original information. You can read more here.

Helpful Hint:

  • Crickets coming into the house? Just vacuum them up and discard the bag.