Winter/Early Spring 2017 Educational Programs
at the Garden

To reserve your spot in any of these exciting programs, please complete the registration form and mail to the address provided, or come by and register in person, or contact Maria Morgan in the Education department: 516.484.8603. Please register even if there is no fee; this will help us to better serve you.

Be sure to visit the garden shop, featuring new and beautiful items, when attending the workshops.

Let’s Chat About Our Gardens

Here is where we ward off the cold winter and “dream” about upcoming Spring and its beautiful flowers. Share your garden experiences with your fellow gardeners, and learn with what plants and/or garden ideas others have had success or failure. Ideas and tips from other gardeners are invaluable. Bring in pictures of your garden, favorite plants, and any “problem” plants. Jim Newman, a resident horticulturist, will be on hand to answer your questions and tell us about Clark’s new greenhouse. This is an informal “chat session” where we swap ideas about the world of plants. Join us for a fun afternoon when we will share some coffee, tea, cake, and gardening “stories.”

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Program Information

Thursday, March 2nd
1 PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members

Refreshments served.

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

New York, New York: The World In A City!

“Fireside Chat” with Pat Sommerstad

Pat Sommerstad needs no introduction – surely you will remember Pat’s previous Fireside Chats and how much fun we have at them. At Pat’s program, you can travel the world without the expense of long flights and delays. New York’s five boroughs are a “melting pot” of many nationalities. You name the nationality, there’s a neighborhood to explore in NYC. Her program will introduce you to the amazing variety of ethnic neighborhoods for you to discover less than 40 miles away, with a particular emphasis on the best food destinations. Detailed plans to visit four “countries” within the five boroughs will be provided, along with all the information you’ll need to experience the food and culture of each and much more. Of course, there are always Pat’s unique prizes!

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Program Information

Sunday, March 5th
1 PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members

Refreshments served.

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Art: The Woman And The Garden

“Fireside Chat” with Louise Cella Caruso

Louise Cella Caruso presents a stunning program considering the analogy between the female and a blooming garden. We will view the beauty, mystery and elegance of the absolute solitude of the garden. This PowerPoint presentation will give you the opportunity to view paintings by foremost artists, Homer, Gauguin, Botticelli, Monet, and many others. You will imagine the life of the woman and what led her to the garden – a place of immortality, pleasure, solitude and sorrow. Join us and escape into a world of beauty and mystery.

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Program Information

Sunday, March 19th
1 PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members

Refreshments served.

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Pruning Basics

“Fireside Chat” with Richard Weir III

Richard Weir, a horticulturist trained at Cornell University and, until recently retired, a long-standing member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. His reputation precedes him as a highly respected horticulturist, lecturer, and author. Have you often asked: “When do I prune my Hydrangea or my overgrown shrub?” “How much can I prune and when?” Why, when, frequency, pruning deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and hedges are all discussed at this timely program. Come to his slide program and hear it from an expert.

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Program Information

Sunday, March 26th
1 PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members

Refreshments served.

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Poetry At The Garden

“Fireside Chat” with Linda Opyr, Nassau County Poet Laureate 2011 – 13

Linda Opyr is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Hudson Review, The Atlanta Review, The Patterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. Once again, Linda has reached out to the poetry community and its friends to join her in another poetry reading at Clark, and in anticipation of National Poetry Month in April. Her programs at Clark in the past three years have filled the room to capacity. Many of us who attended were amazed at the hidden talents of many of our “neighbors” that day – young and old. Perhaps, you would like to read one of your poems at this program, and of course, we welcome you. On the other hand, if you think you don’t “like poetry,” give it a chance and enjoy a surprising afternoon. You just might be surprised when your neighbor stands up and reads the poem he or she created.

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Program Information

Sunday, April 2nd
1 PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-Members

Refreshments served

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Waking Up The Garden

Jim Newman

Jim Newman, a resident horticulturist at Clark, will get us started on the new gardening season. He will show us some of the highlights of what Clark Botanic Garden has to offer, as he walks us around and demonstrates pruning techniques, division of plants, and general garden care. He will answer your many questions; e.g., plants for various growing conditions, when to prune plants and shrubs, etc. Those of you who have attended this program in the past know how much we learn in this short space of time. The lecture is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly, and bring all of your gardening questions.

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Program Information

Saturday, April 22nd
9:30 AM

Fee: $10

Pre-registration is a must,
call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

Yoga at the Garden

Susan Weston-Bonnici

Increase your flexibility, strength and balance. Release tension and stress during the cold winter and enjoy deep relaxation. Explore the gentle movements of yoga, warm your muscles and joints, increase your range of motion, and prepare for all aspects of your “work” in the garden. No prior yoga experience is necessary to reap many benefits, but those with yoga experience will enjoy a gentle, therapeutic practice.

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Program Information

8-weekly sessions starting mid-March
1 PM – 2:15 PM

Fee: $80 for Members, $95 for Non-Members

Pre-registration is required for this program, call Maria Morgan at 516.484.8603.

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Annual Fund Drive

Clark Botanic Garden needs your help.

Please help us maintain our programs and preserve the Clark legacy as a thriving botanic garden by contributing to the Clark Botanic Garden Annual Fund. The garden's success is directly dependent on your generosity.

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