Early Winter 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

Ward off the cold winter and “dream” about upcoming Spring and 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 what’s happening in the 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

Wednesday, February 21st
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.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

“Fireside Chat” with Nelson Sterner, Executive Director

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum is an oasis of pleasure for those who delight in outdoor beauty and appreciate and understand the value of informal planting and preserving our native landscapes. Nelson Sterner has been the Executive Director for the past seven years and has developed and overseen remarkable improvements during that time. In this program, he will outline and describe the many landscape projects he has worked on. Bayard has extensive plantings of evergreens, azaleas, hollies and oaks, wildflowers abound in many native woodland locations, and the perennial garden is magnificent. The Arboretum is bordered by the beautiful Connetquot River and walking along the river path is a delight. There will be a sign-up sheet at this program to register in advance for an upcoming bus trip to the Arboretum in May.

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Program Information

Sunday, March 4th
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.

Garden Getaways

“Fireside Chat” with Pat Sommerstad

Back by popular demand! of many of you familiar with the magnetism and fun that is Pat Sommerstad. Did you know that there are over 35 beautiful public gardens in the immediate New York area with more than 10 of them right here on Long Island? Let’s take a walk with Pat “down the garden path” to see their rich color palettes, view their prized collections and experience their varying beauty through the seasons. Comprehensive handouts will include itineraries, garden descriptions and locations, where to relax over a pleasant meal close by and other nearby attractions. And, of course, prizes will be awarded!

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Program Information

Sunday, March 11th
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.

An Afternoon At The Barnes Museum

“Fireside Chat” with Louise Cella Caruso

Louise Cella Caruso presents a stunning Power Point program which examines select works of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern works. Dr. Albert Barnes assembled one of the world’s most important holdings of fine art. The Barnes Museum holds 3000 masterpieces: 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, 7 Van Goghs, and a myriad of decorative art objects. The collection has been praised for the singularity, boldness, and independence of Dr. Barnes’ vision. Join Louise as we step across the threshold of the gallery entrance, where the art will astound, provoke, and overwhelm you.

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Program Information

Sunday, March 18th
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 many 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 five years have filled the room to capacity. Many of us who attended were amazed at the hidden talents of some of our “neighbors.” 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 wonderful 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 8th
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 spring 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. This year’s program also will include a tour of the greenhouse. The lecture is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly, and bring all of your gardening questions.

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Program Information

Saturday, April 14th
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
Tuesdays, 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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