Garden Events

Lake Ronkonkoma Beach
Recently, there was a cleanup/ beautification happening at Lake Ronkonkoma Beach. We were so excited to be a part of another project like this through Keep Islip Clean. There was many volunteers from the Lake Ronkonkoma Beautification Group and Nature’s Bounty. All the before pictures were taken on April 1st, and all the afters were […]
2018 Nassau County Master Gardener Application
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Master Gardener Program. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program  developed by the Cooperative Extension System. Volunteer involvement is critical to the program as Master Gardeners serve an important role by interacting with and educating the community, maintaining the demonstration gardens […]
Free Admission to State Parks on Black Friday
This year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced free admission to all New York State parks this Black Friday (November 24th.) He wants to encourage New Yorkers and their families to take advantage of the 335,000 plus acres of state-owned land. During Thanksgiving weekend, State parks offer many different events and programs that are great for all […]
Space Salad!
In early 2016, NASA reported that they were sending flowers and vegetable seeds up to the space station. A few days ago, crew members installed the largest plant-growth system on the station. For the first time, three distinct plant crops are being simultaneously grown in space! By having “space gardens” aboard the space station, it […]
Mosquito Mate
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have given permission to a company that says they want to “breed the worst mosquitoes out of existence.” Known as Mosquito Mate, the company intends to release nonbiting male mosquitoes into the environment. These males are infected with a strain of bacteria that kills eggs; The goal is for these […]
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 […]
Garden Walk - "Secret Gardens of Islip"
On Saturday, July 15th (rain date July 16th) the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will have their 5th Garden Walk – “Secret Gardens of Islip” – from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.  Come enjoy a beautiful summer day as 5 friends of the society open their gates for guests to stroll through and enjoy these unique […]
2017 Spring Garden and Flower Show at Hick's Nursery
Here are some photos from the 2017 Spring Garden and Flower Show at Hick’s Nursery in Westbury, NY. There were so many bright colors and beautiful displays. My favorite display was the “Under the Sea.” The waterfall, and all the hanging jellyfish from the ceiling really captured the feeling of being underwater. All of the […]
Best U-Pick Farms on Long Island
Spring is coming- which means warm weather, sun and picking your own fruit as a family. Long Island has the best farms on the east end to pick fresh fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of some of the best. U-Pick Strawberries Lewin Farms – 812 Sound Avenue, Wading River (phone: 929-4327) Wickham Fruit […]
Sign Up For Spring Gardening School 2017!
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will be holding the 35th Annual Spring Gardening School on April 22nd, 2017! It will be held at Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This event is a popular was to kick-off the new gardening season; Providing up to date information in […]
Prune Your Oak Trees Over the Winter
Cornell Cooperative Extension has sent out another notice about Oak Wilt, which was found earlier this summer in the Town of Islip. Since the original notice over the summer, more and more accounts of Oak Wilt have been happening in other towns within Suffolk County. The DEC is urging homeowners to prune their oak trees […]
Long Island Garden Events, Winter 2016-17
Winter is here on Long Island, that means it is time to clean up your garden beds and pull out that garden catalog to plan for next year! There will be many tours and public holiday events all over, but don’t fret- there will be some outdoor events and classes going on. Here is a […]
Apply for the 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training!
You can now apply for the 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program! The deadline is October 31st, so hurry while you can! The training cost is $375 with an additional $125 deposit fee (which will be returned upon course completion.) The course will run from February 1st to June 28th. If interested click here to […]
Master Gardener Events
The Master Gardener Newsletter is a great service to be subscribed to. It let’s us know about future events and classes being held by and for Master Gardeners on Long Island! The Master Gardeners will be holding a Spring Gardening School on April 22, 2017 for Earth Day. They are in need of instructors for […]
Autumn Festivals on Long Island 2016
Here is a list of fall festivals and fairs happening this upcoming autumn this year! Go out and have some family fun! Long Island Family Festival Tanner Park in Copaigue, Admission: free September 16 (6-10pm), September 17 (11am-10pm), and September 18 (11am-6pm) Pickle Festival John Gardiner Farm in Greenlawn, Admission: $5 donation, free if younger than […]
Long Island Farmers' Markets
There is nothing like waking up early on the weekend and going down to the Farmers’ Market to buy fresh and local amenities. From produce to breads and even soaps- the choices are limitless! But what about other markets? Surely there are more then just the one in my town. What kind of choices do […]
Oak Wilt on Long Island
A disease that restricts water use in trees has been found in Central Islip. The Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic has identified the disease as ‘Oak Wilt.’ The disease has been confirmed in New York State before, it was last seen in Schenectady County in 2008 and 2013. After a test sample of the trees […]
New Elevated Park in NYC
This past week, a new elevated park opened in New York City. It is called Liberty Park, and opened at the World Trade Center. It has a twenty five foot high vertical garden and also contains a sapling from a tree that grew outside of Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam. The park is located above […]
Oldest White Oak in the Country
In the quiet town of Basking Ridge NJ, lives a town that is united by the love of one tree. White Oak to be specific. This tree has been part of U.S. history since the beginning, when George Washington decided to picnic in its shade. It also had the honor of having General Jean Baptist […]
Islip Historical Society Garden Walk 2016
This weekend on June 25th at noon, the Islip Historical Society will be hosting a garden walk. You can either purchase tickets online or at Caroline’s Flower Shoppe on Main Street (between 11AM and 1PM.) Once you have purchased your ticket(s) you must redeem your Garden Walk Booklet at Caroline’s to know where the gardens […]
Great Long Island Tomato Challenge
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Long Island Tomato Challenge! Give your tomato plants lots of TLC all season long, then bring your biggest, and heaviest fruit to the event to be judged by Garden Columnist Jessica Damiano. It will be held at Newsday Headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, at the Ruland Road entrance) […]
Cherry Blossoms and Sakura Matsuri
On Saturday April 30th, I went to see the Cherry Blossoms and Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It was such a beautiful and sunny day, it was no surprise that I was not the only one who thought to go that day. Most of the trees were at peak bloom at this time. […]
Register now for Spring Gardening School!
The Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) is hosting the annual Spring Gardening School on Saturday, April 16th,2016 from 8:30AM to 4:00 PM. This school has been organized by Master Gardener Volunteers for the last 34 years, it is a fun day of learning and fun for hundreds of gardeners! The class will […]
Plants That Are Out Of This World!
Valentines Day, 2016. Scott Kelly harvests a patch of Zinnias in the International Space Station. Space travel to Mars is getting closer then ever. NASA is currently in the middle of an experiment to grow plants and vegetables in space. The seeds were activated on November 13th, and have been growing bountiful since. “We need to learn a […]