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PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24, tests out the weighted hula hoops that were used in a contest at the East End Garden Festival last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

From plant sales to garden festivals there are plenty of events happening this summer that can help you have the yard you’ve always dreamed of. 


Thursday, May 8-Sunday, May 11

19th Annual East End Garden Festival

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday

To benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Riverhead, Westhampton and Manorville campuses.

For details,

Saturday, May 10

Composting Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon

Sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust. Find out all you need to know to create valuable compost for your home garden. This workshop, led by Frank Arnold and Sandra Menasha of Cornell Cooperative Extension, will teach you how to create your own compost the biodynamic way.

$5/person. Heavy rain cancels.

Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm

3005 Youngs Ave., Southold

For more information and to reserve, call 283-3195, ext. 19, or email [email protected]

Thursday, May 22

Arbor Day & Greenport Tree Day, 10 a.m.

Tree planting and dedication. The tradition, started in the 1980s, celebrates spring in Greenport. Celebrating the village’s 10th Tree City award, two friends of Greenport’s community’s trees, May Watson and Dave Abatelli, will be honored.

Larry Tuthill Park, Greenport.

At the visitors’ dock near the railroad and bus stations.

Saturday, May 24

6th Annual Chowderfest & Perennial Plant Sale, noon-3 p.m. 

New Suffolk Waterfront

Hosted by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund and co-sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust, this fun, family event features over 50 varieties of perennial plants for sale (many not usually seen in the retail market!) along with a variety of locally prepared chowders and BBQ lunch, activities for the kids and live music from Who Are Those Guys.

Stock up on deer-resistant plants, groundcovers, natives, herbaceous, and popular woodies and vines at great prices! The wares of several North Fork artisans will be available for purchase as well.

All proceeds go toward the restoration and revitalization of the New Suffolk Waterfront property.

For further information and to purchase tickets,


Wednesday, June 4

Dried Herb Combinations, 1 p.m.

Southold Town Garden Club

Sabrina Dobbs will demonstrate how to make dried herb combinations. Free. Refreshments.

Southold Library

53705 Main Road, Southold

Saturday, June 7

Preserving the Harvest: Edible Flowers and Flavored Sugars, 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of summer by using the first flowers of the season to make garnishes and flavored sugars, part of a series presented by A Taste of the North Fork and Hallockville Museum Farm. This hands-on workshop will instruct participants in identifying and using edible flowers in salads, baking and other dishes, as well as demonstrate the techniques needed to produce delicate flavored sugars and crystallized flowers. Participants will enjoy samples and take home two bottles of flavored sugar.

Advance registration required, $35/$25 members, plus $6 materials fee.

Hallockville Museum Farm

6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead

For details, 298-5292 or

Saturday, June 28

Day Trip to Newport, R.I., Flower Show

Sponsored by Mattituck-Laurel and Cutchogue New Suffolk libraries.

$80 fee includes transportation on the Cross Sound Sea Jet, bus transportation, admission and special guided bus tour of Newport with time to spend in town by the waterfront. Lunch on your own or bring one to picnic.

For details, 298-4134.


Wednesday, July 9 

Garden Club of Shelter Island Flower Show and House Tour, 2-5 p.m.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the theme of the Garden Club’s flower and house tour is: “80 Years: Fashion and Flowers.” There will be three spectacular houses to visit with floral displays, along with horticulture and other displays at the Havens House Barn.

Tickets can be picked up at:

The Shelter Island Historical Society, Havens House

16 South Ferry Road (Route 114), Shelter Island

Price of tickets, $40 at the door and $35 advance registration.

For details, or email [email protected]

Saturday, July 12

Cornell University Horticultural Open House, 10 a.m-3 p.m.

Display gardens will be open all day and there will be a guided tour by the hour. Special seminars on flower arranging, growing daylily plants, using structures in the garden and growing dahlias will be given. Throughout the day a children’s activity, making a “Petunia Pig,” will be available free of charge. A plant sale will also be held all day. Special presentations during the open house include Victory Garden demonstrations where guests can learn about growing vegetables, special tours of the potted flowering annual trials, wagon ride tours of the 68-acre research farm and a workshop at which participants can learn how to make concrete leaf sculptures.

Cornell University, Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center

3059 Sound Ave., Riverhead

For details, 725-3595 or


First Three Weekends

North Fork Designer Show House 

Friday, Aug. 1, Opening Night Gala

Benefits local charities: CAST, Maureen’s Haven, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Katinka House and local families in need.

A juried event, accomplished Long Island-based interior and landscape designers will decorate and make over a circa 1835 farmhouse, the manse of Cutchogue Presbyterian Church, located on the Main Road next to the Village Green. The event is sponsored and underwritten by Corcoran.

For tickets and more information, [email protected] or

Sunday, Aug. 24

Tomato Tasting, 2 p.m.

Learn about heirloom tomatoes and taste the many varieties of this amazing plant grown by Invincible Summer Farms. Limited tickets available; reserve yours early online or by phone.

Hallockville Museum Farm

6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead

For details, 298-5292 or


Wednesday, Sept. 3

Becoming Organic, 1 p.m.

Southold Town Garden Club

Amanda Putnam, floriculturist from The Glass Greenhouse and Farm Market in Jamesport, will speak on the process of becoming totally organic at the nursery’s farm market and greenhouse. Free. Refreshments.

Southold Library

53705 Main Road, Southold