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!

Ugly Pumpkins Need Some Love Too

Every October, families rush to their favorite pumpkin patch or super market to find the “perfect pumpkin.” With more than 30 varieties of pumpkin to choose from, its no surprise that there are “less then perfect pumpkins” in the lot. Ugly pumpkins (also known as fancy pumpkins) are gaining popularity over the recent years. These pumpkins are perfect for your porch on Halloween. They can be bumpy, splotchy, or even look like a toad. It adds atmosphere. Ugly pumpkins are great for Jack-O-Lantern’s that want to be unusual and out of the box. Here are some photos of ugly pumpkins. Go pick one up!

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Thank you to Jim Merritt for the original information. You can read more here.

Fall Perennials

Here are the perennials growing for fall right now. We managed to capture a photo of a bumble bee perched on one of the flowers along the shed. He must have been in the process of pollinating! I love when plants bloom during the fall, its a beautiful mix of summer plants with the new winter plants. 

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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 12
September 17 (10am-4pm)

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival
6 Bagatelle Rd. in Dixhills, Admission: free, fees apply for games and rides
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 including Columbus Day (10am-6pm)

Dockside Family Festival
Captree State Park in Babylon, Admission: free, $8 parking fee
September 17 and 18 (11am-5pm)

Garlic Festival 
Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead, Admission: $5, free if 6 and younger
September 17 and 18 (10am-6pm)

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival
100 Jericho Tpke in Westbury, Admission: free, accepting non-perishable food donations
September 17 through October 30 (8am-6pm)

Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival
6242 Middle Country Rd in Wading River, Admission: $15, free if 2 or younger
September 17 through October 30 (9:30am-5:30pm)

Cow Harbor Day
Northport Village Park in Northport, Admission: free, $30 pay-one-price rides
September 18 (11am-5pm)

Fall Festival at Dees’ Nursery
69 Atlantic Ave in Oceanside, Admission: free, small fee for crafts and activities
Every weekend in October including Oct. 10, and excluding halloween weekend (11am-5pm)

East End Marine Festival
Village of Greenport, Admission: free
September 23 (6:30pm-9pm), 24 (10am-5pm), and 25 (9am-5pm)

Fish Hatchery Fall Fair
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor, Admission: $6, $4 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older
September 24 (10am-4:30pm)

Harvest Fair
Rogers Mansion in Southhampton, Admission: free
September 24 (starts at 11am)

Valley Stream Community Fest
Rockaway Ave in Valley Stream, Admission: free
September 24 (10am-5pm)

Family Festival by the Sea
630 Lido Blvd in Lido Beach, Admission: free
September 24 and 25 (11am-6:30pm)

Queens County Fair
Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, Admission: $10, #5 for ages 12 and younger
September 24 and 25 (11am-6pm)

Long Island Fair
Old Bethpage Restoration in Old Bethpage, Admission: $12, $8 for ages 5 to 12
September 30 to October 2 (10am-5pm)

Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms
White Post Farms in Melville, Admission: $19
Weekends starting September 24 through October 30 (10am-4pm)

Long Island Apple Festival
Sherwood-Jayne House in Setauket, Admission: $7, $5 for children and seniors
September 25 (11am-4:30pm)

Long Island Potato Festival
Elks Lodge in Southhampton, Admission: $20, free for ages 12 and younger
September 25 (11am-4pm)

Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, Admission: $12, Free for ages 3 and younger
October 1 and 2 (11am-5pm)

San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons
Hampton Bays Rail Road Station in Hampton Bays, Admission: free
October 1 (10am-10pm), October 2 (10am-8pm)

Fall Harvest Festival 
Brightwaters Farm in Bayshore, Admission: $10, free for ages 1 and younger
October 1 through October 30 (9am-5pm)

Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park in Huntington, Admission: free
October 7 (5pm-10pm), October 8 and 9 (11am-9pm), October 10 (11am-5pm)

Fall Harvest Festival 
Mill Neck Manor House in Mill Neck, Admission: $15 a vehicle
October 8 and 9 (9am-5pm)

Montauk Fall Festival
Village Green, Admission: free
October 8 and 9 (11am-5pm)

Barnyard Adventure and Fall Festival at Harbes Family Farm
Harbes Farm in Mattituck, Admission: $7.95 on weekdays, $12.95 weekends
Late September to the end of October (9am-6pm)

Harvest Festival
Bennett’s Farm in East Setauket, Admission: $8, $6 for ages 12 and younger
October 9 (12pm-4pm)

Crestwood’s Fall Fair and Open House
313 Round Swamp Road in Melville, Admission: free
October 15 (11am-3pm)

Rolling River Fall Festival
477 Ocean Ave in East Rockaway, Admission: free
October 15 (12pm-4pm)

Oyster Festival
West End Ave in Oyster Bay, Admission: free
October 15 and 16 (11am-6pm)

Great Jack-O-Latern Spectacular Sail
Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Admission: free
October 29 (3pm-6:30pm)

Spooky Fest
Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, Admission: your choice of $10 or $15
October 15 through October 30 weekends (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Center Moriches Fall Festival
Center Moriches, Admission: free
October 15 (9am-6pm)

Huntington Historical Society Apple Festival
434 Park Ave in Huntington, Admission: free
October 16 (12pm-4pm)

Village Day Fall Festival
Sandy Point Preserve in Sands Point, Admission: $20 per vehicle, or $10 with season pass
October 16 (1pm-4pm)

West Hills Fall Festival
21 Sweet Hollow Road in Huntington, Admission: free
October 22 (11am-3pm)

Thank you to Newsday for the original information, you can read more here. 

Plant now, enjoy later!

Picture this- the weather is crisp, the fireplace is lit, you are surrounded by friends and family in a perfectly decorated house. Everyone is sitting down for dinner when-oh no, there are no fresh vegetables. How do you solve this conundrum now? By planting your seeds early. It’s true, planting winter vegetables are probably the last thing on your mind right now. You’re most likely too preoccupied getting that perfect tan while sipping a cold refreshing drink. But, if you want a tasty and bountiful fall harvest, start planting now! Root vegetables and Leafy greens grow best in cooler weather. Cole crops such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale and kohlrabi actually benefit from a touch of frost. Lettuces wither under the hot summer sun, but by starting them now means you will be having garden fresh salad well into October. Plant arugula, mustard greens, radishes and spinach now and they will be ready by September. Chinese greens germinate and grow much more quickly than other greens in the garden. Scallions and parsley can survive most of the winter outdoors. Beets, Swiss chard, parsnips, and peas are also great to have in your fall garden. A way to further extend the season of root vegetables is to mulch heavily when frost threatens.

Plants that can withstand a hard frost (below 28 degrees) include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnip
  • Leeks
  • Sorrel

Plants that can withstand a light frost (28-32 degrees) include:

  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Endive
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Swiss Chard
  • Escarole
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Mache
  • Radicchio

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

How to make your carved pumpkins last longer!

October is here, which means its time to gather those pumpkins and carve them! One downfall of carving pumpkins, is timing. It’s the constant worry that ‘Maybe I’m carving them too early.’ or ‘I really hope these last to halloween.’ You can carve a sprightly Jack-O-Latern but in a week or two you can have a decrepit ghoul sitting on your porch. There are a few factors to why pumpkins age like they do after being carved. Oxygen in the air can easily enter and break down the pumpkin through oxidation, Once you carve the pumpkin it is susceptible to fungi, bacteria and mold which can shorten the life and simple dehydration sets in as soon as you make the first carving. Here are some steps you can do that will extend your carved pumpkins life.

  1. Remove all dirt on the pumpkin using a damp cloth.
  2. Make a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach per quart of water and pour into an easy spray bottle.
  3. Spray inside and out of all the cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution (this will kill most of the surface bacteria that cause rotting.)
  4. Let it sit and dry for 20 minutes.
  5. Rub all of the carved surfaces with petroleum jelly (this keeps out new bacteria and also reduces dehydration rate dramatically!)
  6. Wipe all the excess petroleum away.
  7. Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it cool without freezing, and you should be able to extend your pumpkins life by about a week!

Happy Carving!

Thank you to Pumpkin Patches and More for the original information. You can read more here.

Flowers Growing at Project Bloom!

Come take a look at the flowers that are currently growing in the Project Bloom Garden in September 2015! The flowers growing include White Cosmos, Marigolds, Pink Zinnias, Spirea Hedge, Alyssum, Red Sunflowers, Lupine, Basket of Gold, Painted Daisy Seedlings, Purple Asters, Rose, Chinese Dunce Cap, Gallardia and California Poppy. Everything is so colorful! 

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What to plant in the Summer for the Fall!

While summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean your gardening has to. There are many plants that should be planted now to insure they grow for the winter and fall season. Also many of the plants thrive better when exposed to the cold fall weather and frost. Some that benefit from the frost include Brussel Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Kale and even Turnips. But what do I mean by frost you ask? Frost is generally a light coating of ice that occurs overnight and is split into three categories of intensity. Light freeze is anywhere between temperatures 28 and 31 degrees, Moderate freeze happens between 24 and 28 degrees, and Severe freeze which occurs below 24 degrees. All of the previous plants noted should be harvested before the first frost. On Long Island, our first frost typically happens around October 15th. Here is a list of plants that can be seeded now, for a harvest in the upcoming seasons.

  • Beets (sow one-half to 1-inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12-18 inches apart)
  • Cabbage (sow one-half to 3/4-inch deep and 3-inches apart. Harvest when heads first feel solid)
  • Kale (sow one-quarter to one-half inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 24 inches apart. Harvest when leaves reach full size)
  • Lettuce (sow directly into the garden one-eighth inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Head lettuces should be harvested when head feels firm but before it bolts)
  • Radishes (sow directly into the garden one-half inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Harvest before the ground freezes)
  • Spinach (sow one-half to 1-inch deep and 3-inches apart. Harvest when full sized or a few leaves as necessary)
  • Swiss Chard (sow 1-inch deep and 4-inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart. Harvest by removing the outer leaves as needed)