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Tuesday, September 27

The Schedule is Subject to Change.

Join us Tuesday for a pre-conference tour followed by the Welcome Reception!

Pre-Conference Tour

We have tried our best to accommodate more guests, but unfortunately logistics at the host sites will not allow further additions. 

7–7:45 am: Registration

8 am–5 pm Pre-Conference Tour
Visit three outstanding public gardens: 

Untermyer Gardens and Conservancy
Wave Hill Gardens
New York Botanical Gardens

We will depart our hotel at 8:00 am to visit Untermyer Gardens and Conservancy. Samuel Untermyer built his gardens in the City of Yonkers in 1899 to bring environmentally friendly features to the industrial city. The property, now over 40 acres, is a Yonkers city park. The Walled Garden is inspired by Indo-Persian gardens of antiquity, divided into quadrants by waterways and bordered by crenellated walls anchored by octagonal towers. The Color Gardens are six terraced gardens planted in a single color. Unique is the Temple of Love which overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades.

From Untermyer, we travel down the eastern shore of the Hudson River a few miles to Wave Hill Gardens. Wave Hill was the 1843 country home of William Lewis Morris. It is now owned by the City of New York as a park. A Conservancy operates it, much like Untermyer Gardens. There are two estate houses on the property. Glyndor House is in Georgian Revival style and Wave Hill House in Greek Revival style. The design of the greenhouse, gardens and terraces unify several acquired estates. The location affords views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. Today Wave Hill gives opportunities with learning experiences to educate young people about the environment. We will have our lunch at Wave Hill.

Our final stop of the day is the world-famous New York Botanical Garden. When we arrive, we will be greeted by Marc Hachadourian, Director of Glasshouse Horticulture and Senior Curator of Orchids. The NYBG is located in the northern part of the Bronx on City parkland, Bronx Park, which also includes the adjacent Bronx Zoo. The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections including waterfalls, wetlands and a 50 acre old-growth New York forest. The highlight includes the 1890s-vintage Haupt Conservatory, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, Japanese rock garden, Herb Garden, and conifer collection. The research facilities include a propagation center, library, and herbarium with millions of botanical specimens dating back many centuries. We will return to our host hotel in time for the Welcome Reception.

The tour includes garden admissions, lunch, and coach transportation.

Wednesday, September 28

Tour to Eastern Long Island

12:00 pm – 9 pm
The local site committee has crafted this specialty tour with visits to Landcraft Environments FoundationHalf Hollow Nursery, and cap off the day with dinner and a tour at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center.

At the conclusion of the morning educational sessions, we will grab a boxed lunch to enjoy en route to eastern Long Island. Our first stop, will be at the most beautiful garden on Long Island; this is a must-see location! Landcraft Environments and the newly formed Landcraft Garden Foundation combines a unique botanical garden and a successful wholesale production business in one visit. Owners, Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith will greet us and explain how they created a Foundation and transformed their 14-acre private garden into an oasis that opened to the public just last year. The Landcraft Garden Foundation features mixed borders, ponds, a woodland area, rustic arbors, a Tiki hut containing a collection of exotic plants and a "Ruin" subterranean stone grotto. Many of the plantings throughout contain tropicals, subtropicals, tender perennials, and annuals. The garden is encircled by ten acres of meadow accessed by mowed paths. There are hundreds of container plantings that change out seasonally. We will also be able to visit the production side of things where unusual annuals, tender perennials and exotic, tropical plants are grown in 4 acres of greenhouse space and outdoor growing areas. Landcraft Environments supplies hundreds of thousands of plants to garden centers, landscape designers, botanical gardens and public parks throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This is a jewel of a garden not to be missed!

Our next stop is Half Hollow Nursery, a premier grower and distributor of quality nursery stock. This nursery features a broad selection of their own Long Island grown evergreens, deciduous trees, perennials and seasonal color. Eastern Long Island is USDA zone 7 which allows many unique plant species to be grown. Their General Manager, Karl Novak, will greet our bus when we arrive and along with David Scheer, Container Manager, will guide us through their 625-acre production site on Long Islands' North Fork. We will see their propagation facility and a wide range of container and field grown plant material. Half Hollow Nursery has a broad customer base and ships products throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Canada.

Our final stop of the day is Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC) located in Riverhead. This campus of Cornell University is celebrating 100 years of service to the Long Island agriculture community in Suffolk County, the #1 county in New York for plant agriculture. The LIHREC is located in the heart of the greenhouse, nursery, grape and vegetable production area of which approximately 15,000 acres of commercial vegetable, potato, grape, greenhouse, and nursery production within about a 60-mile radius. The 68-acre facility is dedicated to serving the research and extension needs of the horticulture industries of Long Island. The facility features agricultural fields and research plots, state-of-the-art greenhouses, a nursery and container production area, and a plant tissue culture facility in support of applied research projects. The LIHREC is a one-of-a-kind Horticulture Center in the United States; it has scientists and professionals for each of the horticulture commodities as well as cross-discipline specialists in plant pathology, entomology, and weed science. World-renowned plant pathologist, Margery Daughtrey, author of several books on plant diseases of ornamental plants, New York’s premier applied entomologist, Dan Gilrein, and Dr. Mark Bridgen, co-author of “Plants From Test Tubes - An Introduction to Micropropagation” will lead tours of the LIHREC and answer questions.

After we enjoy a tour of the Center, we will have a chance to relax and socialize with a delicious BBQ dinner under a tent on the grounds while sipping local wines and beer. 

Thursday, September 29

Afternoon Tour of West Long Island

After morning talks conclude, we will grab a boxed lunch and head to western Long Island to visit two Gold Coast estates that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Our first stop is Planting Fields Arboretum, where we will be guided by Vincent Simeone, Director. Vinnie is author to numerous horticulture books including ” Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs”, “Great Landscape Evergreens”, and “Great Flowering Landscape Trees” just to name a few. Planting Fields is a magnificent estate from the 1920s located in Oyster Bay, New York. Originally landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers, the 409 acres of Planting Fields includes an extensive collection of gardens, including: the Italian Garden, Cloister Garden and Circular Pool, Children’s Playhouse, Rose Garden and Perennial Garden, Synoptic Garden, Sensory Garden, Heather Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden, Hydrangea Collection, Day Lily Garden and Dahlia Garden. The grounds also include 2 greenhouses, the Main Greenhouse and the Camellia Greenhouse. Planting Fields is one of only a few surviving estates on Long Island with its original acreage intact, as well as its buildings, including Coe Hall, a 65-room Tudor Revival mansion designed by architects Alexander Walker and Leon Gillette.

Our final tour stop is Old Westbury Gardens. This elegant estate features a 44-room English manor house and traditional, formal gardens sprawling over 200 acres. It was built by financier John S. Phipps and his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps, in 1906. You will have the opportunity to explore both the house, furnished with priceless antiques and decorative artwork, and the grounds, which include sweeping lawns, wooded paths, and some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Today, the grounds and gardens remain largely untouched from the Phipps era, with many English-style perennials and biennials preserved. You can visit the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden with its ancient English stone sundial with twelve faces, the Lilac walk, the Thatched Cottage, East Lake, West Pond and more.

Upon our return to the hotel, we will enjoy cocktail hour with final silent auction bidding following by a delicious banquet and live auction to cap the night.