What’s coming up on the garden calendar – The Journal News / Lohud.com

April 5

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.

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.

Ossining: Walking Tour of Historic Sparta Neighborhood, Ossining. Tour will begin at the Jug Tavern (Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, behind the CVS) at 1 p.m. Participants will then walk about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in the landmarked district. Limited to 20 people. For a reservation, contact info@jugtavern.org. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. Jug Tavern, 74 Revolutionary Rd. 914-945-0674.

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.

Larchmont: The Life, Times and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand, America’s First Female Landscape Architect, sponsored by the Garden Club of Larchmont. Garden writer and speaker Colleen Plimpton entertains and enlightens with a one-hour presentation on Farrand, with a first-person program in costume. 1 p.m. Refreshments. Free. Russell Hall at Larchmont Avenue Church, corner of Forest Park and Larchmont avenues.

Greenwich: The Native Plant Garden: Living Inspiration for Bringing Nature Home, sponsored by the Greenwich Land Trust. Brian Sullivan, Vice President of Landscape Outdoor Collections and Gardens at the New York Botanical Garden will discuss the newly opened Native Plant Garden. Learn how to incorporate a palette of beautiful plants compatible with local landscapes in your home garden. Participants will be given a sampling of Northeast native plants to grow in their gardens, courtesy of Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. Registration required. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $15. Greenwich Library Meeting Room, 101 W. Putnam Ave. 203-629-2151.

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 and 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.

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.

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 21

Mahopac: The Edible Landscape. Workshop led by Putnam Master Gardeners, to learn about edible plants and how to integrate them into your landscape. Registration required. 7 p.m. Free. Library, 668 U.S. Route 6, 845-628-2009, ext 100.

April 22

Bedford: Birds & Bees: Wildlife Needs. Lecture by Chris Nagy, Mianus River Gorge’s Director of Science and Land Management about the connectedness of animals, plants and humans in our region, highlighting the role that preserves and private lands play in the protection of our quality of life and the environment. 7 p.m. Free. Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Rd., (914) 234-6992.

Ramsey, N.J.: Get Down & Dirty in Your Garden on Earth Day. Janet Schulz will share design tips, which plants go well together and plants especially suited for the shade. She has more than 40 years of experience in the garden center industry. 7 to 8 p.m. free. Library, 30 Wyckoff Ave., 201-327-1445.

April 23

Nyack: Year Round Organic Vegetable Gardening. Co-Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Learn how to maximize the space you have, and organically grow vegetables and fruits all year. Register by calling the Library at 358-3370, ext. 214 or by going to our events calendar at www.nyacklibrary.org. 7 p.m. Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway

April 24

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

Rye: 2014 Daffodil Show, an annual celebration of narcissus blooms of every cultivar and species. See winning entries at the 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.

Greenwich: Cash & Carry Flowers. Workshop with tips on choosing and arranging store-bought flowers with expert floral designer Miriam Landsman. Girls Night Out, light dinner and dessert provided; bring your own beverage. Registration required. 7-9:30 p.m. $40. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203- 869-9242.

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. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St. www.gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242.

Greenwich: Byram Park Cleanup Day, sponsored by the Junior League of Greenwich. Clean up the park and plant flowers. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. 4 Ritch Ave., 203-869-1979.

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 soiled with soil. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road, 845-634-3167.

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, preventive care and more. $20, $5 children under 12. 2 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 27

Lewisboro: Open Days Program Garden Tour. Explore the White Garden, a private garden in Lewisboro, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Features a collection of more than 300,000 daffodils throughout a woodland, several greenhouses, a labyrinth, theater court, a nymphaeum, and an Asian-inspired moss garden. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $7 per person; children 12 & under free. The White Garden, 199 Elmwood Rd., (888) 842-2442.

Nyack: Earth Day Program-Where Have All the Monarchs Gone? Maraleen Manos-Jones will take us on an illustrated journey of the metamorphosis of the monarch and share updates on the flight and plight of the butterfly and its migration routes. She will discuss the vital importance of providing habitat for butterflies and other pollinators and discuss ways for us all to become good guardians of our planet’s health, including giving tips for gardeners. Register 1 p.m. Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway

April 28

Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.: Starting a Herb Garden, sponsored by the Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club. Gert Coleman, Vice president of the Staten Island Herb Society, will present a program on how to start a herb garden from seed or transplants, in both gardens and containers, and provide tips and techniques on growing, using and storing fresh and dried herbs for recipes, remedies and household tasks. All interested gardeners are invited to attend. Refreshments. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Community Church, 400 Warren Place, (201) 445-9440.

April 29

Stony Point: Organic Vegetable and Small Fruit Growing Classes offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland. This five part series is for homeowners who are planning to start growing organic vegetables and fruit. Class dates are: 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, and June TBD. Visit website for more information: http://www.rocklandcce.org/events.htm. Register by April 25 with Ellen Chorba at Cornell , 845-429-7085 ext 117. 7-9 p.m. $50 for all five session series. Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland , 10 Patriot Hills Dr., 845-429-7085, ext. 117.

May 3

Greenwich, Conn.: 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 St.

Pocantico Hills: Sheep Shearing Festival 2014. 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. Sells out every year. Youth (2-14): $15; adults $25.10 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.

Mahwah: DIY: Edible Gardening, with author and gardener Greg Carbone from DIY Backyard Farms. 7 p.m. free. Library, 100 Ridge Road.

May 8

Greenwich, Conn.: Tour of Two Historic 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 and enhanced with design trends of the 20th century. Greenwood Gardens was restored and re-opened 2013. The gardens were commissioned in 1912 and subsequent owners added Italianate gardens with tiles and tea houses. Registration required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 203-869-9242.

May 9

Chappaqua: Chappaqua Garden Club Plant Sale. 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, Conn.: Barnys Greenwich. Spring Trunk Show & Garden Boutique. Trunk show, garden and 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, Conn.: Dahlia Potting Workshop. 10:30 a.m. $55. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 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, Conn.: 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 St., 203-869-9242.

May 16

Greenwich: Wildflowers and the Primrose. Rain date: May 22. A sight to behold are the Primrose in the wetlands of the Pinetum. Planted more than 75 years ago, these beauties are breathtaking when they are at their peak in the spring. We will also visit the 50th Anniversary Wildflower Trail and learn about the lore and adaptability our native woodland wildflowers. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Registration required. 10:30 a.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, 203-869-9242.

Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking with Krista Espinal, sous chef at the Birdsall House in Peekskill. She specializes in locally based farm to table cuisine, new American fusion that is applied with classic French techniques. Bring a bottle of wine and someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a home-made meal. Limited to 12 couples, registration is required. $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

May. 17

Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.: Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. The sale will feature home-grown perennials, specialty and native plants, annuals, garden-related treasures, herbs, houseplants and baked goods. There will also be a children’s activity table. All proceeds benefit the club’s horticultural scholarship. Rain date: May 18. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Town Green, Warren Place, (201) 652-0729.

May 20

Chappaqua: 11th Castles of New Castle House Tour. All five homes are filled with the unusual, the charming, and the striking furnishings. Buffet luncheon at Crabtree’s Kittle House for $25. Information: www.newcastlehs.org or call Betsy Towl at (914) 238-4666. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $75 nonmembers. Horace Greeley House, 100 King St.

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.

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