Weekly garden calendar for Westchester, Rockland and Putnam – The Journal News | LoHud.com

March 15

Weekly garden calendar for Westchester, Rockland and Putnam

Bronx: The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary. Step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island’s charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones. Daily except Mondays through April 21. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.

Yorktown Heights: Starting Seedlings. Learn from our farmers how to successfully start your own seedlings, whether vegetable or flower seeds. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under 12. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

Somers: Spring Wreath Decorating for Two. Bring your child or a friend to make a seasonal wreath in the greenhouse. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Fee $15; pre-registration required at 914-886-5108 or carolinesgardens@aol.com. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Route 35, Somers.

Greenwich: The Art and Science of Pruning. Nick Mancini will teach us how to achieve a desired shape by cutting and directing branches to maintain size, improve structural strength, increase air circulation, control diseases and augment plant longevity. Part of this class will be outdoors, so dress accordingly. Registration required. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $35 plus material fee. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

Putnam: Plant Putnam 2014 Putnam County Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale. The Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District is once again offering a variety of native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and flowers to assist landowners in providing food and shelter for wildlife; groundcover for erosion control, riparian buffers and rain gardens; and general beautification. Plant material is sold bare root, hand dipped in a moisture protection gel, wrapped and bagged. Orders need to be placed by March 26. Call 845-878-7918 or go to www.putnamcountyny.com for an order form.

March 19

Chappaqua: Seed Starting, with master gardener Caroline N. Fanelli. Sponsored by the Chappaqua Garden Club, topics include light and temperature requirements, grow lights, first and last frost dates and hardening off your transplants. Bring 4-inch pots or small plastic cups with holes in the bottom (i.e., yogurt cups). Questions: chappaquagardenclub@gmail.com. 12:30 p.m. Free. First Congregational Church Of Chappaqua, 210 Orchard Ridge Road

Greenwich, Conn.: Using Edible Plants in Your Yard. Edible plants are the fastest growing segment of horticulture, but it is no longer just the usual rows of veggies and herbs. They are now part of the landscape, used as much for their ornamental attributes and visual interest, as their food value. Lloyd Traven, owner of Peacetree Farm, will look at ways to work edibles into all areas of your landscape. Come see some of the wonderful new plants, and get some tips on how you can be successful and eat well too. $45. 11 a.m. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St. www.gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242

March 20

Bronx: Designing with Native Plants. 14th annual Winter Lecture Series. Washington-based Landscape architect Thomas Rainer will critique current native plant design approaches and present his bold, ecologically expressive design aesthetic that interprets rather than imitates nature. Lecture has been approved for two credit hours by the AIA, APLD, and LA CES. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., 800-322-6924.

March 21

Katonah: Children’s Adventures in Agriculture. For ages 3–6. You and your child or grandchild can have fun exploring the world of horticulture through gardening activities, nature walks and special projects each week. $6 per child per session, includes materials; pre-registration required at 914-886-5108 or carolinesgardens@aol.com. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Also: March 28. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road. For more information, go to westchstergov.com/parks or call 914-864-7268.

Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking No. 1: 2014. Together you and your partner will learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant-quality recipes. Bring a bottle of wine and someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a home-made meal. Limited to 12 couples; registration required; $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 22

Katonah:Seed Starting Workshop. A two-session workshop in the greenhouse to learn how to grow cool weather crop seeds and transplant them to take home. $25 per person; pre-registration required at 914- 886-5108 or carolinesgardens@aol.com. 10:30 a.m. – noon. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road. For more information, go to westchstergov.com/parks or call 914-864-7268.

Stamford, Conn.: 11th Annual Fairfield County Home & Outdoor Living Expo. See upscale displays of home-related products and services from contractors, builders, designers, remodelers and repair professionals from Fairfield. Get information about everything from home furnishings, marble and granite, home theaters, designers, architects, builders, spas, kitchens, baths, windows, flooring, siding, roofing, furniture, decks, paving and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Also March 23. $10; 12 and under free. Stamford Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 2701 Summer St., 203-222-9757, Ext. 105.

Yorktown Heights: Vegetable Container Gardening. Do you have limited space and or time but still want to grow vegetables and herbs? Our farmers will show you how Learn to grow your plants and seeds in containers so that you can have fresh herbs and vegetables in just a few short weeks. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under 12. Walk-ins welcome 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 23

Somers: Great Shrubs for your Landscape. Slide program highlighting shrubs that will add interest to your landscape all year long. 2-3 p.m. Free. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Route 35.

March 24

Bethel, Conn.: Seven Deadly Sins of Gardening, with Garden Talk radio show co-host Len Giddix. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; registration required. Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., 203-794-8756 ext. 4.

Ridgefield, Conn.: Plant a Seed – Create a Lifelong Experience: Gardening workshop for those interested in gardening with children and families and horticultural therapy. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Karen at 845-279-2995, Ext. 107 or keudene@greenchimneys.org. Leir Foundation Retreat Center.

March 27

Greenwich: Fruit Tree Grafting. Bring lunch; drink and dessert provided. The GEC and the Greenwich Land Trust have partnered to bring Charles Day, a former commercial fruit-grower to explain and demonstrate the techniques involved. He will teach about the collection/storage of scion wood, rootstocks, types of grafts, and tying and waxing. Participants will hone their grafting skills on trees in one of the Land Trust’s orchard preserves. Dress for outdoors. Registration required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45. Materials f of $5 paid day of class. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

March 29

Upper Nyack: Annual Flower Show, sponsored by the Garden Club of Nyack. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s show is “The Hudson River Valley.” Upper Nyack Elementary School, 336 N. Broadway.

Somers: Seed Starting Workshop. Also April 12. A two-session class in the greenhouse to show you how to start your summer veggie seeds. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25; pre-registration required at 914-886-5108 or carolinesgardens@aol.com. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Route 35, Somers.

Patterson: How to Plan a Garden. The Putnam Cornell Cooperative Extension will teach you how to take a step back and design your flower or vegetable garden with space in mind. Registration preferred, walk-ins welcome if space allows. 1 p.m. Free. Library, 1167 Route 311, 845-878-6121 ext.10.

April 2

Englewood, N.J.: Garden in the Morning. The Flat Rock Brook Gardeners invite one and all (everyone is welcome regardless of experience) to the kick-off of the 2014 gardening season. Gardeners meet every Wednesday in April and May, and continue through the month of October. Each session begins with a 10-minute mini-lesson. Just bring willing hands and gloves! No need to register. 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., 201-567-1265.

Greenwich: Grafting Tomatoes. Grafting plants is another form of propagating herbaceous, fast growing plants such as annual vegetables. Horticulturist Alan Gorkin will discuss the relatively new process of grafting tomatoes, and why we do it. Students will practice the technique in class and take materials home to grow in their own garden. Registration required. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $35; materials fee $7.50 paid day of class. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

April 5

Greenburgh: DIY Garden Series-Part 1. How to start your vegetable garden series, including garden location and space allotment, soil testing and treatments, animal exclusion techniques, and more. Part 1 of 2. 2 to 4 p.m. $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road.

April 6

Greenburgh: DIY Garden Series-Part 2. How to start your vegetable garden series, including garden location and space allotment, soil testing and treatments, animal exclusion techniques, and more. Part 2 of 2. Open to everyone, even if you didn’t attend Part 1. 2 to 4 p.m. $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road.

April 7

Mahopac: A Garden of Colors: Planning a Colorful Landscape. Discover how to plan, plant and maintain a colorful landscape at home. During this presentation each participant will plan his/her own garden of perennial plants which maintain colorful blooms and foliage throughout spring, summer and fall. Learn about the best choices for planting, keeping flowers in bloom for as long as possible, what blooms when and how to make the most of what you plant. Registration is required. 7 p.m. Free. Library, 668 U.S. Route 6, 845-628-2009, ext 100.

April 9

Briarcliff Manor: Maintaining Healthy Trees. Brad Gurr, ISA certified arborist and branch manager at SavATree, will explain the proper ways to maintain your trees & shrubs. Learn to prune, why to prune, what to prune and how to prune. 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, 48 Macy Road, 914-432-8529.

April 12

Yorktown Heights: Berries Beyond. Join farmer Max Zanke for a workshop on how to establish and maintain healthy berry plants. Topics will include site selection, soil preparation, pruning and harvesting techniques. Registration required; $20, $5 for children under 12. 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

Yorktown Heights: Beer Brewing 101. Robert LeBoyer will show you how to brew batches of your favorite beer in your own kitchen. Registration is required; $40, limited to 20. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 16

Scarsdale: Flourishing Gardens vs. Plant Diseases. Plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey will highlight new diseases that are affecting ornamental plants, including impatiens, boxwood and roses. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 in advance, $18 walk-ins. Send checks to Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Westchester, 3 W. Main St., Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523. Info: http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/westchester/ 914-285-3590, Scarsdale Library, Olmstead Road.

April 18

Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking, with chef Maria Reina, who has a weekly “Seasonal Chef” column on The Journal News’ Small Bites blog (www.lohud.com/food). Bring a bottle of wine, someone special and savor the satisfaction of a homemade meal. Limited to 12 couples, registration required, $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 19

Yorktown Heights: Gluten Free Cooking. Mary Opfer leads a hand-on workshop where you’ll learn how to turn nutritious spring vegetables into hearty, gluten-free meals. $20 per adult, $5 for children under 12. 2 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 24

Greenwich: Kerry Mendez: Simplifying Gardens to Fit Our Lifestyles. Registration required. 10 a.m. $45. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203- 869-9242.

Rye: 2014 Daffodil Show, an annual celebration of narcissus blooms of every cultivar and species. Come with friends or family to see winning entries at the sunny yellow 1907 Carriage House of the Jay Heritage Center. Entries accepted between 8 and 10:15; viewing 1:30-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Little Garden Club of Rye. Free. Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road.

April 25

Bronx: Antique Garden Furniture Fair: Antiques for the Garden and the Garden Room. More than 30 established exhibitors display centuries of classic design inspiration gathered from across the United States and Europe. 10 a.m. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.

April 26

Greenwich, Conn.: Green Schools Walk in the Pinetum. Come find out about the many ways Greenwich students have been contributing to our natural resources. Come on a hike and tour trail projects of the past, present and future with Deanna Novak and Meg McAuley Kaicher. Learn how students can get involved, get their hands dirty, and link up to global conservation efforts. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St. www.gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242.

Yorktown Heights: Wild Edibles. Farmer and naturalist Wilson Chang leads a workshop where you get your hands dirty foraging for a variety of native species and then cook what you find. Adults only. 10 a.m. $20. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

Yorktown Heights: Don’t Bug Me: Preemptive Insect Preparation. Workshop on organic pest management techniques, interspecies planting recommendations, preventative care, and more. $20, $5 children under 12. 2 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

New City: Seed Selection and Starts at Home!. Excited about gardening this year, but not so sure about starting your veggies from seed? The workshop will cover the basics of seed selection, timing, growing mediums, germination, lighting and making the most of your soil. Farmer Shane Hardy will discuss why you might choose one seed for a 250-member CSA and another for a small home garden. Be prepared to get get soiled with soil. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road, 845-634-3167.

May 3

Greenwich: May Gardeners Market. Rain or Shine. Vendors for Home & Garden. For information, call at 203-869-9242 or visit www.gecgreenwich.org 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

Pocantico Hills: Sheep Shearing Festival 2014. Highlights: Watch farmers shear our flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Learn about wool and sheep at education booths. Observe professional weavers and spinners. Try your hand at carding, combing and felting wool. Join our farmers and educators for demonstrations and tours. Help us herd our sheep from the barnyard to the pasture. Sells out every year. Youth (2-14): $15; adults $25. Member pre-sale begins March 10; to public March 24. 10 a.m. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, 914-366-6200.

May 7

Briarcliff Manor: Spring and Summer Wildflowers, with Carol Gracie, author and lecturer who has worked for the Nature Conservatory and the New York Botanical Garden. 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, which is accepting new members, 48 Macy Road, 914-432-8529.

May 8

Greenwich: Tour of TwoHistoric Properties: Reeves-Reed Arboretum & Greenwood Gardens. Lunch at Basilico’s Italian Restaurant. The Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s formal gardens include the Keller Azalea Garden, Rock Garden & the old Wisner House. Designed by a partner of Frederick Law Olmstead in 1889 & enhanced with design trends of the 20th Century. Greenwood Gardens was restored & re-opened 2013. The gardens were commissioned in 1912 & subsequent owners added Italianate gardens with tiles & tea houses. Registration required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

May 9

Chappaqua: Chappaqua Garden Club Plant Sale. pm. Perennials and annuals and Mother’s Day gifts. Free gift wrapping. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9; 8 a.m. to noon May 10. Chappaqua Train Station, 108 Allen Place

Greenwich: Barnys Greenwich. Spring Trunk Show & Garden Boutique. Trunk show, garden & plant boutique, flower arranging, and potting demonstration. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 954 Lake Ave.

May 12

Greenwich: Dahlia Potting Workshop. 10:30 a.m. $55. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

May 14

Pocantico Hills: Organic Sustainability in Action, Lecture and Tour. Jack Algiere will talk about organic farming techniques at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 in advance, $18 walk-ins. Send checks to Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Westchester, 3 W. Main St., Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523. Info: http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/westchester/ 914-285-3590, 630 Bedford Road.

May 15

Greenwich: Organic Composting, Vermiculture, Bokashi. Master Gardener Nick Mancini will teach you how to build an inexpensive bin, make you aware of the difference between hot piles versus cold composting, and which bins are best for each process. He will discuss vermicomposting and the Japanese way of composting called Bokashi. One lucky person will win a bunch of red wigglers to start a wormery. Registration required. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $35 plus material fee. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

May 24

New City: Soil Preparation. Come and learn how to prepare the soil and create a flourishing and productive garden in our new vegetable field. Farmer Shane Hardy (or Jose Romero Bosch) will walk you through preparing a bed with the right mixture of compost, existing soil and amendments. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road. (845) 634-3167.

May. 29

Greenwich: Getting the Most out of your Vegetable Garden. Location: 668 Lake Ave Small spaces can produce an abundant harvest when following a succession planting plan. Join Alan Gorkin for a walk through the teaching vegetable garden at Lake Avenue Farm to see first- hand how to get the maximum yield from your vegetable garden. He will focus on companion and succession planting, followed by questions and answers. Registration required. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $35 plus material fee. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, (203) 869-9242.

June 4

Briarcliff Manor: Annual June Picnic. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club will be holding it’s annual June picnic inside the Pavilion at Law Memorial Park. Please bring one of the following: an appetizer, entree, salad or a dessert to this event. Also a flower or two from your garden in a vase & a placemat to enhance your dining experience. Non Members: this is a great chance for you to meet our group and we will answer any of your questions in regard to our gardening club. Come join us! We are accepting new memberships: (914) 432-8529 11:30 a.m. free. Law Memorial Park Pavilion, Pleasantville Road, (914) 432-8529.

June 18

Scarsdale: Tour of Margee Falk’s Garden. 10 and 11 a.m. (arrive half-hour early). $15 in advance, no walk-ins. Send checks to Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Westchester, 3 W. Main St., Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523. Info: http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/westchester/ 914-285-3590. Parking only at Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road.

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