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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

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The Autumn and Winter Gardens with Vincent Simeone

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Tom McCoy

The Autumn Garden: Selecting Trees and Shrubs with Late Season Appeal - The autumn season is a great time to garden. While autumn usually represents a time of harvest and putting the garden to rest, many landscapes are beaming with color. Vincent will offer practical information on how to garden using woody plants that possess interesting fall foliage, fruit and bark interest. Plants ideal for the home landscape will be highlighted.

The Wonders of the Winter Landscape - Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year to appreciate the garden. Although plants lie dormant, interesting characteristics such as the growth habit, ornamental fruit, and bark interest become most evident. In addition, conifers and broadleaved evergreens can provide interesting foliage and texture. During this portion of the lecture, we will focus on the wonders of the winter landscape and how to enhance the aesthetic value and interest of the garden by using horticultural treasures such as winter fruiting plants, broadleaved evergreens, conifers and trees with interesting bark.

Vincent Simeone has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years. He has specialized expertise in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. He has spoken to many groups nationwide and has appeared on garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. For the past 23 years Vincent has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers including the Long Island based newspaper, Newsday. Since 2005 he has published six books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens, Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape. In 2010, Vincent was named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2014 Vincent was awarded the centurion award by Farmingdale State College as the top 100 alumni over the past century. In 2015, was awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

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