blue hydrangeas
figs, ripe and ready for harvest
yarn dyed with plants

Plant Showcase


Hydrangeas are a reliable summer beauty. They range in bloom time, shape and habit bringing shades of white, pink and deep blue into our gardens. Discover what varieties will extend your summer color from June through September. Also learn when and how to properly prune hydrangeas as some bloom on new wood while others don’t.


Home-grown tomatoes capture the flavor of summer. Hybrids or heirlooms? Determinates or indeterminates? Learn about the conditions for growing  the tastiest tomatoes, whether in the yard or in containers. Identify the reliable performers on Long Island, including classic favorites and new varieties.

Figs, Figs, Figs

Love fresh figs? Never tasted one? Fig lovers know that it wasn’t an apple that tempted Adam and Eve, but a fresh fig! Learn how to grow figs in pots to guarantee a bumper crop in your garden every year.

Azaleas & Rhododendrons

Azaleas and rhododendrons bring a welcome splash of color to the landscape. Basic care requirements for these acid-loving shrubs are thoroughly covered in this workshop. Learn how to buy the right plants and select a site for them. Soil preparation, watering, pruning, and landscape uses for these garden beauties are discussed.

Dyes from Plants

Learn about a variety of plant pigments, the plants that produce them and how to use them. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the traditional and historical plant pigments and basic dyeing. Get hands-on experience with historical and local plants. Take home instructions will get you started on your own. (Additional materials fee)


Roxanne Zimmer
Community Horticulture Specialist
631-727-7850 x 225

Last updated April 6, 2020