Long Island Horticultural Society
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Long Island Horticultural Society -- Celebrating over 80 years of promoting gardening on Long Island through friendships and education

May 3 - 5, 2016
9am-5pm each day, rain or shine
Farmingdale State College Greenhouses off RT. 110, Farmingdale NY


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All meetings are held at Planting Fields Arborteum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay


 February 21, 2016 in the Hay Barn

  1:30 Doors Open

  2:00 Speaker begins

  3:00 Business meeting followed by coffee and cake

Speaker:   Rusty Schmidt, Landscape Ecologist at Nelson, Pope & Voorhis
Topic:  Playing in the Rain within Rain Gardens.

An introduction to rain gardens was provided this past September. This presentation will expand more understanding about rain gardens, where a good spot would be in your yard here on Long Island and what plants are suited for this new garden.

Bio: Mr. Schmidt is a landscape ecologist specializing in managing stormwater runoff in environmentally conscious ways. He designed and constructed hundreds of alternative stormwater practices for habitat restorations, rain gardens, bio-infiltration swales, bio-retention basins and stormwater ponds. His projects range from small backyard rain gardens to large projects on commercial and municipal properties. His expertise is in integrating naturalized ecology or systems into the modern human interactions and lifestyle. Mr. Schmidt has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and a B.A. in Art from the University of Minnesota at Duluth and co-authored the Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens. Mr. Schmidt helps train homeowners and design professionals on the techniques of raingardens nationwide. He has assisted raingarden initiatives like the "10,000 Rain Garden Initiative" in Kansas City and the MetroBlooms and BlueThumb Programs in Minnesota. He has co-authored two other books on plant selections for stormwater management "Plants for Stormwater Design; volumes 1 and 2." Mr. Schmidt is also an Adjunct Professor at Farmingdale State College, primarily teaching about sustainable landscaping.



Please remember to bring non-perishable food for Long Island Cares.


Positive news for Honeybees   find out more...           Echinops


"Come and visit me sometime. My flowers would like to meet you."


Invasive or Native Plants? Learn more here....


TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF LIHS MEMBERSHIP Opportunities to learn from others, to go on wonderful trips, to volunteer your gardening knowledge and muscle to organizations, to meet new friends. Membership dues are a bargain at only $25 per year. Tell your friends about us and encourage them to join our wonderful organization. The membership form can be found on the website at www.lihort.org/membership/membership.pdf


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Bringing Nature Home

Doug Tallamy's list of what to plant


Patricia Wood spoke at a past meeting on environmental issues. See her website for more information. Click here to read her handouts


The Gardens of Shropshire 2015 video


Current Newsletter


Video of the Trip to Ireland


Not sure what needs to be done in your garden this month? Take a look at Irene Virag's garden calendar



Important announcements, last-minute changes, other news. Please send your contact information to Nanci Allen, our Membership Chair.



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