A Year in the Garden …

Celebrating 50 Years at Clark Botanic Garden, 1969 – 2019

Clark Botanic Garden Blooming Since 1969

Join Us for a Special Series of Fireside Chats

Sundays in the Garden, Distinguished Speaker Series

A year-long series of presentations by experts in the field of horticulture and design, on topics for the home gardener, presented monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1 PM in
Clark House and the Garden.

Registration required in advance; limited seating
Light, seasonal refreshments served beside the fireplace in the library
Fee for each session: $12 (members $10)
Fee for the series: $100 (members $80)
Special fee for students: $5

Please complete the registration form and mail to the address provided, or come by the Garden and register in person, or contact Maria Morgan in the Education department: 516.484.8603.

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


The Garden in Winter with a Winter Stroll

Join Vincent Simeone, Author and Director of Planting Fields Arboretum on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 1 PM for a winter stroll to appreciate the garden in winter and come back indoors for refreshments and discussion fireside. Dress for the season outdoors.

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Interesting Conifers

Join Nelson Sterner, Director of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, visiting professor. at Farmingdale State College on Sunday, February 10, 2019, as he shares his favorite conifers with views from Bayard and a walk through our own collection. Dress for the season outdoors.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019

The Garden Detective Talks Tomatoes

Jessica Damiano is Newsday’s Garden Detective, whose Sunday column is avidly read by all serious LI gardeners. Jessica will talk about her favorite plant—the tomato, just in time for starting your tomato seeds indoors.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

Floral Design Basics

Sean Becket of Falconer’s Florist, Port Washington, NY, will take you through all the basics of successful flower design, from selecting the right plant material, the proper vessel, the conditioning and preparing of the flowers, using proper tools and techniques up to the design process itself.

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SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

Let’s Think Natives

Rusty Schmidt, a landscape ecologist, and President of the Long Island Native Plants Initiative, is also a professor at Farmingdale State College. Rusty designed the rain garden near the library and will give us tips on incorporating more LI native plants for guaranteed success.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

Shrubs and Flowering Trees

Dr. Jonathan Lehrer, Chair of the Urban Horticulture and Landscape Design Department at Farmingdale State College, is an admitted plant lover whose knowledge of trees, shrubs and all types of plants is passionate and informative. He will have you making lists of plants to add to your landscape.

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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

Always Perennials

Scott Clark, plant propagator at Pinewood Perennials, Cutchogue, NY, will discuss the use of perennial flowers and grasses in the LI landscape, while highlighting some new additions for gardeners to consider. Many of the perennials offered for sale at our annual Plant Sale start their lives with Scott.

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Growing a Tropical Paradise on Long Island

Dennis Schrader, partner in Landcraft Environments in Mattituck, NY, is a renowned horticulturist and landscape designer. He will take us through the process in the evolution of the magnificent gardens surrounding his home at Landcraft, where tropicals, perennials and all types of gorgeous plans reside in meadows, pond settings, poolside, and in the hundreds of pots on the steps. This is a featured garden every year in the Garden conservancy’s Open Days. Not to be missed, if you like creativity in the garden!

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Understanding your Lawn

Dr. Nicholas Menchyk, is a professor at Farmingdale State College and a turf specialist who advises groundskeepers on many LI golf courses. He will talk about a Long Island obsession—our lawn. From the many diseases waiting to overwhelm you to the proper watering for the appropriate grass species to grow here, Dr. M. will help you understand your lawn.

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Reimagining Your Home Landscape

Michael Veracka is a landscape designer, sustainability proponent and professor at Farmingdale State College. Michael will challenge you to rethink your landscape—from the precious front lawn to the foundation plantings in front of your house, he is sure to make you want to do things differently.

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Creating a Fernery

Dr. Richard Iversen, is the esteemed retired professor at Farmingdale State College, was the designer of the spectacular teaching gardens on the campus during his time there. He is currently an art docent at Metropolitan Museum of Art, who has found a new passion in his own garden—ferns and mosses. He will awe you with his knowledge and passion for all plants. NOT TO BE MISSED.

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Gardens of Long Island: Where to Visit and What to Eat

Pat Sommerstad is the popular garden lecturer at Clark Fireside Chats, whose humor and interesting facts and anecdotes about the gardens she has visited, along with her choices for delightful side excursions and wonderful places to eat make her a favorite with our members.

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Support Our Garden

50th Anniversary 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 50th Anniversary Fund. The garden's success is directly dependent on your generosity.

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Ask the Clark Gardener

Each month one our expert gardener shares insight, motivation and inspiration about gardening. This month, Roellyn Armstrong, MG, shares her insight about “Chrysanthemum—the quintessential fall flower,” and “Getting the Garden Ready for Winter,” and “The Poinsettia.”

Please send your gardening questions, comments or stories to the Clark Gardener.