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Past programs from 2002 to May 2014

If you were able to attend most of these programs over the years, you'll have learned a lot!


   ****** 2014-2015 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sept.
JANET ALLEN, President of HGCNY - Creating a Bird-Friendly Landscape
Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Learn some interesting facts about some of CNY's favorite backyard birds, such as hummingbirds and chickadees, and learn how to enhance your yard so it provides habitat to even more birds. Like other creatures, birds need food, water, cover, and a place to raise young. You can meet their needs by planting native plants and providing some other essential ingredients. Finally, learn how you can help conserve birds beyond your own yard. Create a bird-friendly yard and enjoy the daily companionship of birds right at home! For more info, explore Our Habitat Garden's section on birds.
Oct.
JOE McMULLEN, Environmental Consultant and frequent HGCNY speaker
Learn how to identify common native ferns and fern allies such as clubmosses and horsetails.
Nov.
VIDEO presentation by DOUG TALLAMY: The Value of Having Native Plants in our Yards Tallamy is the author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Garden and of a new book The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Rick Darke, a horticulturist. This video presentation is the keynote address given at the 2014 Wild Ones conference and is beautifully illustrated throughout the videotaped presentation.
Jan.
DON LEOPOLD, Distinguished Teacher Professor and Chair, Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology: Native Plants for Sustainable Landscapes
Prof. Leopold will highlight native herbaceous and woody species that are no-maintenance, long-lived, adapted to extreme conditions (e.g., salinity, alkalinity, drought, shade), attractive to wildlife (especially birds and butterflies), are deerproof, or/and produce food for people. The information presented will be applicable to home gardens as well as urban projects and larger scale restoration of degraded industrial landscapes. An overview of how native species are found in natural plant communities, and how knowing about the ecology of natural communities can be used to select plant species, will also be discussed.
Feb.
JIM D'ANGELO, Executive Director of Sterling Nature Center; Marvelous Mammals - Small mammals in our landscapes
The small mammals we encounter throughout our landscape play a vital role in the larger ecosystem around us. Sometimes these mammals are maligned when they interact with our lawns & gardens. This program will help you build a better understanding and appreciation for these wonderful little creatures! We will take a look at some common small mammals like; squirrels, moles, voles, chipmunks, rabbits, mice, etc. and how they participate in the larger ecosystem. If time allows we will delve into some of the larger mammals like opossum, raccoon, skunk, and woodchuck.
Mar.
PATTY WEISSE and MEREDITH PERREAULT, Introduction to Land Trusts
What is a land trust organization? How do they protect native plant communities? Can I visit land trust preserves? Land Trusts in New York preserve land, protect watersheds and habitat, and practice forest conservation - very important for New York’s future and often not visible to everyone. As the Joni Mitchell song goes, "We don't know what we've got till it’s gone..."
Patty Weisse, board member of The Finger Lakes Land Trust, and Meredith Perreault, Executive Director of the Central New York Land Trust, will fill in Habitat Gardening on their organizations.
These two land trusts do the same thing, but they have somewhat different geographies and utilize different tools to get the job done. We’ll share information about preserves you can visit in Central New York and the Finger Lakes and highlight some of the key land trusts in New York State.
Apr.
JANET ALLEN - Make Sure Your Landscape is Well-Grounded
We often think about the importance of native canopy trees, understory trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and other herbaceous plants. But what about the ground layer and healthy soil? Learn how we can create a healthy landscape right from the ground up. Presented by Janet Allen, President of HGCNY.
May
JOE McMULLEN, the environmental engineer who led the restoration efforts, will lead a tour of Geddes Brook and Nine Mile Creek Restoration near Onondaga Lake.
This is a reprise of the enthusiatically-received field trip of 2013. How has the restoration changed and matured over the last two years? NOTE: Wild Ones members have priority for attending this field trip!

   ****** 2013-2014 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sept.
JIM ENGEL, owner of White Oak Nursery: Collecting seed of native plants for use in restoring natural and human impacted landscapes.
Learn everything you need to know about collecting seed of perennials, shrubs and trees. Then learn how to use that seed to create, restore, and enhance the biological diversity of natural plant communities. Most plants reproduce from seed. By collecting and dispersing native seed you can play a key role in helping nature recolonize degraded landscapes.
Oct.
JOE MCMULLEN, Environmental Consultant: Identifying Plants in Winter.
How to identify plants when they don’t have their leaves or flowers!
Nov.
JESSI LYONS: CCE of Onondaga County: Update on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in CNY
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has arrived in CNY and is expected to kill all of the area’s untreated ash trees. Because ash species comprise about 13% of all trees in Onondaga County, their large-scale decline poses concerns about the ecological implications of its loss and side effects of treating the trees with pesticides, human safety, cost and coordination challenges for tree management, and how to retain or replace the beauty of these trees. Jessi Lyons, a natural resource educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the current status of EAB in our region, the challenges brought by this beetle and possible solutions to reduce its damaging effects.
Jan.
ROBIN KIMMERER, SUNY-ESF Professor and author of the award-winning book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.
Her newest book is "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants."
Her topic will be "A Wealth of Plants: Edible and Medicinal Plants of Central New York." The presentation will highlight the cultural uses and values of common wild plants of fields, forest and wetlands as sources of foods, medicines and fibers.
Feb.
Video recording of a presentation by DOUGLAS TALLAMY, University of Delaware Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Dr. Tallamy explains why native plants are important to preserving biodiversity and makes a compelling, scientifically-sound case for landscaping with native plants. He is a very popular and entertaining speaker and has inspired many thousands of home gardeners to plant native plants.
Mar.
ELLEN FOLTS, Owner of Amanda's Garden, a native perennial nursery in Springwater, NY: Encouraging Nature: Propagating, Growing and Using Native Perennials
Native perennials meet the needs of native pollinators and fill a vital role in the garden. Locally grown native perennials produced by seed are adapted to the area in which they are produced. Propagating these plants is relatively easy once their germination requirements are met. She will discuss seed propagation techniques, along with garden uses of various native woodland plants that can be propagated in this manner.
Apr.
Meadowscaping by Catherine Zimmerman
We screened this two years ago on a Thanksgiving weekend. We're now showing it again for those who were unable to attend that weekend or who would like to see it again. This video, based on the book of the same name, is full of practical information and inspiration to do away with pesticides, reduce lawn and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife.

   ****** 2012-2013 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sept. 30

2:00 pm
Jean and Lenny Soprano
Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. will introduce us to a live hawk and live owl at the library and will discuss their similarities and differences. Learn about wildlife rehabilitation and meet these birds of prey.
Oct. 28, 2012

2:00 pm
Andy Saunders
One of our most popular presenters, Andy Saunders, retired and beloved professor at SUNY-ESF, will present tips on nature photography. Come learn from an expert nature observer. Suitable for any level of photographer.
Nov. 25, 2012

2:00 pm
MOVIE TIME!
Urban and Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces - This is a new movie based on the book Urban and Suburban Meadows by the author and videographer Catherine Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a big supporter of Wild Ones!
Jan. 27, 2013

2:00 pm
Kate Woodle
You may have read about the importance of native plants in our landscapes, but how do you get started? Kate Woodle, founder of the habitat garden at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo, will present a beginner-friendly introduction to native plant gardening.
Feb. 24, 2013

2:00 pm
Tim Toland
Tim Toland, Assoc. Prof. at SUNY-ESF, will discuss the exciting new projects involving native plants that are part of the ESF campus renovations. One project is an innovative green roof featuring species from two native plant communities covering a 5,000 square foot area. The projects will not only be an attractive setting for visitors but will also be learning tools for students.
Mar. 24, 2013

2:00 pm
Dan Segal
The Plantsmen Nursery in Ithaca — and a national Wild Ones Board member — will present "Cultivars of Native Plants: Thanks But No Thanks." Cultivars have overtaken mainstream horticulture because they are the currency of mass production and mass marketing. Now the cultivar epidemic threatens native plants too. Find out how and why this is happening, and how cultivars undermine the fundamental principles of ecology without which native plants are just pretty faces lacking substance.
Apr. 28

2:00 pm
Jim D'Angelo
Jim D'Angelo, director of Sterling Nature Center, returns to talk about an especially important group of creatures: Insects: the good, the bad, the interesting and the unseen. The program will start with the basics of insect identification and classification and then we will take a closer look at a few insects. We will discuss a few of the "bad" insects, like the Emerald Ash Borer, that threaten our ecosystems. There are many "good" insects that play vital roles in our environment, like the native pollinators, that need a bit of our attention. Lastly there are those insect we tend not to notice which have interesting roles in our ecosystems.

    ****** 2011-2012 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sunday
Sept. 25, '11
2:00 pm
DON LEOPOLD: Ecology of Natural Plant Communities in Upstate New York
Dr. Leopold will discuss the distribution and abundance of plant species, the basic ecology underlying many of the plant communities in Upstate New York, and plant species relative to specific environmental conditions. He'll highlight a number of projects that incorporate these ideas and suggest how home gardeners could apply these principles to their own landscapes.
Sunday
Oct. 30, '11
2:00 pm
Rhiannon Crain, Project Leader of the YardMap Network, will present an introduction to and demonstration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Citizen Science project called YardMap. YardMap is a free, social, interactive citizen science mapping project that allows gardeners & birders to learn more about enriching their habitat gardens to attract more birds and wildlife, while at the same time contributing to important scientific research on residential ecology.
Sunday
Nov. 27, '11
2:00 pm
This meeting features YOU and the rest of us at our annual roundtable. This is your chance to share what you've been doing in your own habitat garden, to ask questions of other habitat gardeners, or to just listen in on the conversation. We had a wonderful group last year, and we learned a lot from each other.
Sunday
Jan. 29, '12
2:00 pm
Krissy Faust of Cornell Plantations has been developing a native plant mix that can function as a No Mow lawn. Come hear all about it at our January meeting.
Sunday
Feb. 26, '12
2:00 pm
You most likely know that Carol Bradford writes a popular column in the Post-Standard answering readers' questions about plants. But do you know that she also is a member of a New York State task force studying the impacts of non-native invasive plants? Hear what she has to say about this important issue. A what a fitting way to observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 26 - March 3!
Sunday
Mar. 25, '12
2:00 pm
Cedars, Samphire, Sassafras: Historical Plants of Onondaga Lake. We're pleased to have Catherine Landis of SUNY-ESF at our 10th anniversary meeting to share the history of plants in one of Central New York's defining features: Onondaga Lake. What was Onondaga Lake like before becoming a sink for pollutants? What plant communities could be found growing around it? What were the cultural connections to these places and plants? In this program we will explore these questions, beginning with post-glacial settings and moving up to the 1800s. This story of place will be woven from clues in sediment cores, old maps, missionary and explorers' journals, botanical records and other sources.
Sunday
Apr. 29, '12
2:00 pm
We're pleased to have Jim D'Angelo, director of Sterling Nature Center, return to wrap up our regular season of programs. One of the first programs Jim presented to HGCNY many years ago was about bats. Since then, a mysterious fungus (White-nose Syndrome) has affected our bat population. Bats perform many valuable services, but myths abound about this fascinating mammal. Learn the facts about bats, the challenges they're facing and how you can welcome them into your habitat garden. It's especially appropriate to talk about bats this year since it's the U.N. Year of the Bat with the motto Save Bats to Save the Planet.
Saturday
Our Field Trip to Rome Sand Plains
This field trip is open to Wild Ones members. The Rome Sand Plains is an important habitat restoration effort to plant native lupines as the host plant for the Karner Blue butterfly.

   ****** 2010-2011 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sunday
Sept. 26, '10
2:00 pm
Wetland and Shoreline Restoration Efforts: Onondaga Lake Remediation Projects
Joseph M. McMullen of Terrestrial Environmental Specialists, Inc. will discuss wetland and shoreline habitat restoration efforts for various Onondaga Lake Remediation Projects. He'll discuss the planning, including the selection of native species for planting, and results of the successfully completed wetland restoration effort at the LCP site, as well as future plans for restoration along the Onondaga Lake shoreline and Geddes Brook/Ninemile Creek areas. Input from the group on these proposed plans is welcome.
Sunday
Oct. 31, '10
2:00 pm
Dan Carroll
We're pleased to welcome back Dan Carroll, one of the co-founders of HGCNY. Dan, a professional natural landscaper, will offer practical tips for getting started with a beautiful natural landscape. Don't miss!
Monday
Nov. 1 '10
10:00 am
Habitat gardening for pollinators by Janet Allen
This program is sponsored by the Syracuse Botany Club and is free and open to the public.
Sunday
Nov. 28, '10
2:00 pm
Member Roundtable
Join us for our annual member roundtable. Here's your chance to ask any question about habitat gardening, native plants, and natural landscaping. This informal group discussion always leads to unearthing all the expertise shared among our members. Come ask your questions and share your experiences. A wonderful way to finish your Thanksgiving weekend!
Sunday
Jan. 2, '11
2:00 pm
Annual holiday/planning get-together
In keeping with the holiday season, our December meeting will combine a mission/vision planning meeting with some socializing. If you're interested in getting involved in planning our activities, events, and projects, come join us (and feel free to bring some goodies to share!) This and our other planning meetings are good ways to really get to know other HGCNYers. Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
Sunday
Jan. 30, '11
2:00 pm
Ellen Folts from Amanda's Garden
Gardening with Native Perennials
Sunday
Feb. 27, '11
2:00 pm
Andy Saunders: The Art of Nature Journaling: Growing Wise and Gardening Green
Professor Saunders, an environmental educator from SUNY-ESF, will present "The Art of Nature Journaling: Growing Wise and Gardening Green," which will reveal some of the values and satisfactions of nature journaling. The program will examine some significant historical outcomes of keeping a nature journal and reveal a few of its better known practitioners. The program will include some practical suggestions for anyone unacquainted with nature journaling who would like to try their hand at the process.
Sunday
Mar. 27, '11
2:00 pm
Mark Meisner, Ass’t Professor Topic: The Significance of Media Images of Nature
This presentation will discuss and illustrate some of the key ways that the natural world is portrayed through the media. These include Nature as a problem, Nature as a resource, and Nature as a victim or patient. The implications of these and other such representations of Nature will be discussed in relation to how Nature is perceived, valued and treated in North American culture.
Dr. Meisner is Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Environmental Studies at (SUNY-ESF). He directs the Environmental Communication Network and edits Indications, the Environmental Communication and Culture blog at http://indications.wordpress.com/
Sunday
May 1, '11
2:00 pm
NOTE:NOT our usual last Sunday, which was Easter
Dragonflies by Jim D’Angelo Jim D'Angelo, Director of Sterling Nature Center returns to discuss another creature we can enjoy in our yards: dragonflies.
Sunday
June 5, '11
2:00 pm
Annual Field Trip
Following the enthusiastic response to Joe McMullen's presentation in Sept. '10, we've accepted his invitation to tour the LCP wetlands (part of Honeywell's Onondaga Lake habitat restoration project).

    ****** 2009-2010 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sunday
Sept. 27, '09
2:00 pm
Habitat Gardening for Life
Janet Allen will discuss her evolution from an ornamental gardener to a habitat gardener and toward a gardener for life! Her talk will describe the basic principles of habitat gardening and includes many new photos from her garden - including "before" pictures.
Sunday
Oct. 25, '09
2:00 pm
Seed Propagation
A hands-on presentation about how to collect, clean and prepare seeds to grow new plants by Joan Livingston, owner of Growing Wild Perennials, near Canastota, NY.
Sunday
Nov. 29, '09
2:00 pm
Annual Roundtable
Here's your chance to ask questions and share your experiences with habitat gardening!
Sunday
Dec. 27, '09
2:00 pm
Annual holiday/planning get-together
In keeping with the holiday season, our December meeting will combine our quarterly planning meeting with some socializing. If you're interested in getting involved in planning our activities, events, and projects, come join us (and feel free to bring some goodies to share!)
Please RSVP.
Sunday
Jan. 31, '10
2:00 pm
Invasive Species of the Northeast by Dr. Jason Fridley
Dr. Fridley will talk about invasive plants generally across the Eastern US and about why introduced plants from certain regions of the globe seem to be particularly invasive. He'll also describe research in his own SU lab that focuses on invasive shrubs in forests, asking specifically whether East Asian species are "pre-adapted" for life in our native forest ecosystems. CNY gardeners will recognize most of the plants he'll discuss!
Sunday
Feb. 28, '10
2:00 pm
Build It and They Will Come: Gardening with Native Plants
Presented by Kate Woodle, art director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. Kate has been the key person in creating the zoo's extensive habitat garden, which is a powerful example of providing for local wildlife.
Sunday
Mar. 28, '10
2:00 pm
Going Nuts: The natural history of the black walnut tree
Though relatively common in Central New York, the black walnut tree produces a nut with uncommonly good taste. D. Andrew Saunders, a professor at State College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, will present a program on the tree, “Going Nuts, Interpreting the Natural History of the Black Walnut.
Sunday
Apr. 25, '10
2:00 pm
Life in a Forest Puddle
Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo will explore the life of vernal pools. Vernal pools are small wetlands that temporarily fill with water providing essential habitat for a diverse group of wildlife including insects, frogs, salamanders, turtles and even a few snakes!!! We will explore these unique wetlands the wildlife that utilize them, why we should care and the threats that endanger them.
Saturday
May 29, '10
8:45 - late afternoon
ANNUAL FIELD TRIP: Sapsucker Woods and Plantsmen - Ithaca


   ****** 2008 - 2009 PROGRAMS ******

 
Saturday
Sept. 20, '08
8:30-9:45 Donate
10:00-noon Sale
Mon 9/22 6:00- Leftovers
Our Second Annual NATIVE Plant Sale
Join us to get great native plants and support HGCNY at the same time! You can also donate your extra NATIVE plants.
Please bring your plants to donate between 8:30 and 9:45 on the morning of the sale. We'll be holding a silent auction for a witch hazel donated by Larry Keassa of Maple Hill Nursery. We'll also be taking prepaid orders for White Oak Nursery shrubs and trees, to be delivered for pickup the following Saturday, Sept 27 also at 401 Parsons.
Sunday
Sept. 28, '08
2:00 pm
Permaculture Basics
This session will introduce a socially and ecologically conscious design system that seeks regenerative solutions to meet human and environmental needs. Originally popularized in Australia by farmers and gardeners, permaculture has become especially useful for small sustenance farmers around the world and increasing popular for the more affluent who seek just solutions to environmental degradation and their society's poverty. Permaculture's ethics, problem-solving attitudes, and design principles will be presented.
We're pleased to bring Michael Burns to Syracuse from the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute to talk about this topic.
Sunday
Oct. 26, '08
2:00 pm
Rain gardens and barrels
Rain gardens and rain barrels are good for your own property, but also good for our county. You can help increase our green infrastructure - an important way we can avoid the need for another costly sewage treatment plant.
Amy Samuels of Cornell Cooperative Extension is the local expert on this topic and has presented interesting programs to our group in the past.
Sunday
Nov. 30, '08
2:00 pm
Habitat Gardening Jeopardy
Join us in our fun (and educational) Jeopardy game, back by popular demand. Each of the two teams is a group effort, so anyone can play!
Sunday
Jan. 25, '09
2:00 pm
Native Graminoids
What's a graminoid? It's simply a fancy name for grasses, sedges, and rushes. Find out more about this interesting and important group of plants that can really give your garden extra pizzazz! Our speaker will be Tony Eallonardo from SUNY-ESF. Tony presented a very well-received program in the past and has been featured in the Post-Standard for his work on restoring the Solvay waste beds.
Sunday
Feb. 22, '09
2:00 pm
Unique Native Plants of Central New York
We're pleased to again bring Dr Don Leopold to speak to our group. Dr. Leopold is a HGCNY favorite and the author of highly acclaimed book Native Plants of the Northeast. FInd out about the recently discovered Seaside Goldenrod and other plants native to our place!
Sunday
Mar. 29, '09
2:00 pm
Absence of Provenance: Big Horticulture’s Alarming Impact on Native Plants by
Dan Segal of The Plantsmen
Learn how the goals and techniques of huge plant marketing firms directly oppose fundamental ecological values of native horticulture—and learn easy, uplifting ways to fight back! We’ll explore the links between propagation methods, genetic diversity, mass-production and mass-marketing, and the proliferation of the garden center at the same time as the cultivar takeover.
Saturday
April 25, '09
10:00 am
Annual Garlic Mustard Pull
For a number of years, members of HGCNY have pulled garlic mustard at Baltimore Woods. We've actually made a dent in the area we've "adopted," and we hope to expand our range. While pulling plants isn't exciting in itself, it is easy to pull and it's a great opportunity for chatting with your fellow pullers in a beautiful environment. Let's make this our biggest year yet!
Sunday
Apr. 26, '09
2:00 pm
How to Grow Your Very Own Amphibians & Reptiles
We're pleased to again bring Jim D'Angelo, Director of Sterling Nature Center, to speak to our group in our popular yearly series on providing for various creatures in our gardens. He will explore the snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders of our area from a naturalist perspective. These sometimes creepy-critters are often an overlooked but vital part of our ecosystems. A few ideas on how to make your landscape more attractive to them will also be discussed.
Saturday
May 23 '09
Our field trip this year is a guided tour of a unique natural area near Watertown, NY called Chaumont Barrens. Several of our speakers this past season referred to this alvar grassland (prairie) as an inspiring and beautiful example of a native plant community. During our tour, we should see the rare Prairie Smoke in bloom, as well as many other more familiar native plants such as blue phlox, bloodroot, yellow ladyslipper and white cedar, along with the other creatures that live in the community. Chaumont Barrens is a Nature Conservancy property. Our guide will be Chris Lajewski, Land Steward with The Nature Conservancy. To read more about Chamont Barrens Preserve....
The tour is about 2 miles of walking. Bring water and your sturdy walking shoes; the trail is uneven in spots. We also plan to have lunch nearby afterwards, in the charming town of Sackets Harbor, on the shore of Lake Ontario.
 

   ****** 2007-2008 PROGRAMS ******

 
Sunday
Sept 30, '07
2:00 pm
Caring for the soil in your Habitat Garden
Debbie Brock from Cooperative Extension will talk about the foundation our gardens - its soil
Sunday
Oct 28, '07
2:00 pm
Care of trees in our habitat garden - presented by Steve Harris of RPM Ecosystems Native Plant Nursery
Sunday
Nov 25, '07
2:00 pm
Our Annual Panel Discussion: A chance to ask about anything in your habitat garden
As always, we have an "official" panel, but as always, YOU, the audience, provides not only the questions, but also a lot of the answers!
Sunday
Jan 27, '08
2:00 pm
HGCNY Participates in the Focus the Nation national conversation about global warming. Liverpool Public Library is co-sponsoring this look at how growing and buying locally-produced food reduces "food miles" and thus global warming. We'll learn about the connection to global warming, about how we can use part of our land for growing vegetables and/or buying food locally. Our parent organization, recognizing the impact of global warming on native plants, has endorsed Focus the Nation and has formed a global warming committee.
Sunday
Feb 24, '08
2:00 pm
Alternatives to Pesticides presented by Annette Hogan of NOFA
Also, a short film Our Children at Risk.
Sunday
Mar 30, '08
2:00 pm
Pollinators in our habitat gardens - Jim D'Angelo of Sterling Nature Center returns for his popular series on creatures in our habitat gardens
Sunday
Apr 27, '08
2:00 pm
Beyond natives - Learning about cultivars, provenance, and more.
Carol Bradford, Post-Standard gardening columnist
July 27, '08
at 2:00 pm
Show Me, Help Me Tour of a local habitat garden. Beth Fry will be our expert commentator.
Wednesday
August 20
7:00 pm
(Not an HGCNY event)
The Buzz on Bees: Creating a Pollinator-friendly garden
Janet Allen of HGCNY
Sunday
Aug 24, '08
2:00 pm
Tour of the Rain Garden installed as a demonstration project a few years ago. Also, a short tour of the adjacent land along Onondaga Creekto explore the native as well as the non-native, invasive plants growing there. Our guide will be Catherine Landis, a SUNY ESF graduate student.
Tuesday
Aug 26, '08
5:00 pm
Picnic Social and Tour of the Clark Reservation Native Plant Garden
FOR DIRECTIONS TO MEETINGS FOR PREVIOUS MEETINGS 2002-present
2007 programs
When Where What Who
Saturday
September 8
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Directions to Allens NATIVE PLANT SALE fundraiser For HGCNY friends and members only
Sunday
July 22
at 2:30 pm
Directions to Michelle's Show Me, Help Me Garden tour Dan Carroll, horticulturist
Saturday
August 4
at 10:00 am
Check for more information about location and to register

Special Event! We're touring a vegetable garden in recognition of the fact that producing food thousands of miles away contributes to global warming. By producing some of our food in the most local way we can - in our own yards - or by buying from local farmers or CSAs we can reduce our carbon footprint enormously.

NOTE: There is a small fee for this tour, to be paid to Baltimore Woods

Co-sponsored with Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods
Saturday
August 18
at 10:00 am
Directions to Beth and Dave's Show Me, Help Me Garden tour Dan Carroll, horticulturist

2006 programs
When Where What Who
Thursday December 28 at the Allens Our holiday social - a chance to relax and get to know each other better!
Sunday November 26 Liverpool Library Our Annual Panel Discussion A popular program! Here's your chance to ask questions about habitat gardening - things you encountered during the past gardening season, or things you're wondering about as you plan next year's garden. Dan Carroll - Horticulturist, owner of Great Lakes Horticulture
Janet Allen - Habitat Steward for the National Wildlife Federation
Michelle Welcher - homeowner who has been converting her suburban yard to a habitat garden
Audience - our fellow habitat gardeners often have great answers based on their own habitat gardening experiences
Sunday October 22, 2006 Vermicomposting Brenda Lotito, Author of the forthcoming book "The Dirt on Worm Farming" - Anyone who has a passion for gardening or maintaining a green lawn can help the environment through waste reduction and composting. Get the dirt on worm farming and find riches in black gold with local columnist and President of Upstate Worm Farms, Brenda Lotito. Brenda's book "The Dirt on Worm Farming" will be available for sale.
Sunday Sept 24, 2006 Invasive Plants Series Part 2: On Beyond Barberry and Other Invasive Plants in the Landscape Carol Bradford, P-S garden columnist
Sunday August 27 Show Me Help Me Tour - Dewitt area Emphasis on the "Help Me"
Sunday July 23 Show Me Help Me Tour - Fulton Emphasis on the "Show Me"
Sunday June 18 at 2:00 pm Westvale We'll start our annual series of Show Me Help Me Tours of Wild Ones Gardens!
Sunday March 26 at 2:00 pm Solvay Library Attracting Butterflies to the Habitat Garden Jim D’Angelo of Sterling Nature Center
Sunday February 26, 2006 at 2:00 pm Liverpool Library Habitat Gardening Jeopardy Unlike the TV show, there will be little fame or fortune associated with winning, but we’ll have a lot of fun and learn about plants and habitat gardening as we compete as teams. Also, Fran Lawlor of Cornell Cooperative Extension will give us a brief overview of the CommuniTrees Steward program, Syracuse Urban Forest Master Plan, The Urban and Community Forest program!
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 2pm! Liverpool Library SPECIAL EVENT! Co-Sponsored by Liverpool Library Gathering Moss Robin Kimmerer, SUNY-ESF professor and award-winning author, will talk about the fascinating natural and cultural history of mosses.
Sunday January 28, 2006 LeMoyne College New location!! Back by popular demand! Habitat Gardening Jeopardy We all had a great time playing this last year, so we'll do it again this year! Unlike the TV show, there will be little fame or fortune associated with winning, but we’ll have a lot of fun and learn about plants and habitat gardening.

2005 programs
When Where What Who
Sunday November 27, 2005 at 2:00 pm Liverpool Library Your Questions Answered A panel discussion with a professional landscaper, a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward, and a homeowner converting her suburban property to a habitat garden
Sunday October 23, 2005 at 2:00 pm Liverpool Library The Plight of the Unsightly Andy Saunders, SUNY ESF professor, will discuss why we need to preserve and restore habitat in our home landscapes.
Sunday September 25, 2005 at 2:00 pm Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park Where the Wild Things Are Kate Woodle, director of the zoo’s Habitat Garden, will lead a tour of this native plant habitat garden.
Saturday September 10, 2005 at 10:00 am Cato Show Me / Help Me Garden Tou
Sunday August 28, 2005 at 2:00 pm Liverpool " Fulton Show Me / Help Me Garden Tour Michelle's and to Dan's gardens
August 13 at 10:30 am Jamesville Show Me / Help Me Garden Tour
Sunday July 24, 2005 at 2:00 pm Westvale Show Me / Help Me Garden Tour
Saturday July 23, 2005 Green Lakes State Park Our first service project! Here's a chance to create habitat outside our own backyards! We've scheduled a project with Green Lakes State Park to help them create habitat by eliminating a destructive invasive plant - black swallowwort, a plant native to Europe that kills the larvae of America's most popular butterfly - the Monarch.
Sunday June 26, 2005 at 2:00 pm Tully Show Me / Help Me Garden Tour
Saturday June 11 at 10:00 am E. Syracuse Show Me / Help Me Garden Tour
Sunday May 22 at 2:00 pm DeWitt Public Library Community Room; Shoppingtown Mall Lawns: Industrial or Freedom? Janet Allen, Member of the Freedom Lawn Project in Central New York
SATURDAY May 14 OUR FIRST ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE AT THE REGIONAL MARKET!
Sunday April 24 2:00 pm Toad Hollow Farm, 4505 Tanner Rd., Nedrow Toad Hollow Compost Tour - Does compost this sound as exciting as watching paint dry? You'll be surprised to find how interesting this innovative large-scale composting facility is!
Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 2:00 pm Liverpool Library Meet the Author! - We're honored to have Don Leopold with us. He will be introducing his brand-new book, Native Plants of the Northeast. We'll have copies of his book available and he'll be autographing them!
Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 2:00 pm Liverpool Library John Rogers – Bluebirds and bluebird birdhouse construction. Just in time for the birds’ return. RESERVATIONS NEEDED IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A BIRDHOUSE (not needed if you just want to hear the program
Sun Jan 23, 2005 at 2:00 Liverpool Library Name That Plant! - a game show format (Jeopardy and/or Concentration) featuring the recognition of native and invasive plants; associating plants with the three primary local plant communities.

2004 programs
When Where What Who
WED Dec. 29; 7:00 pm Mel's House Amid the busy-ness of the holidays, a relaxing social event at an affordable restaurant. A great chance to look back on the last gardening year, look forward to the next … and get to know each other better!
Sunday, Nov 28 Liverpool Library Taking pictures in you Habitat Garden - Also, Photo Sharing: Bring your favorite pictures of your habitat garden for sharing. Digital pictures can be displayed in a PowerPoint presentations and "regular" photos can be displayed on a picture board. Our favorites will be displayed on this website.
Sunday Oct 24, 2004 2:00 pm Baltimore Woods, Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus, NY Guided tour of NatureScape, the natural landscaping using native plants at Center for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods. The tour will be led by Dan Reeder, the landscape architect who designed NatureScape.
SATURDAY Sept 25, 2004 Ithaca FIELD TRIP to Cornell Plantations Field trip to Cornell Plantations in Ithaca and Moosewood Restaurant
SATURDAY Sept 18, 2004 10:00 am Estelle's house Garden Tour featuring a stream with a reservoir rather than a pond Estelle has offered to show us her new stream. It's especially effective for birds and other small creatures.
Sunday Aug 22, 2004 2:00 pm Michelle's Garden Tour: Two Suburban Habitat Gardens Second garden - Bob's (get directions at Michelle's)
Sunday July 25, 2004 Tour Grindstone Farm, an organic CSA; Picnic lunch and swimming!
June 27, 2004 Show Me, Help Me Day at Maria's
May 23, 2004 Liverpool Public Library Propagating Plants Joan Livingston, from Growing Wild in Canastota
Apr 25, 2004 Liverpool Public Library
Mar 28, 2004 Liverpool Public Library First Steps to a Habitat Garden Dan Carroll, Horticulturist and Owner of Great Lakes Horticulture
Feb. 22, 2004 Liverpool Public Library
Jan. 25, 2004 The Habitat Garden in Winter

2003 programs
When Where What Who
Dec. 28, 2003 HOLIDAY BREAK!
Nov. 23, 2003 Liverpool Public Library Bogs Tim Carroll, environmental biologist, and Dan Carroll, horticulturist and natural landscaper. Whether or not you were able to attend the bog tour in August, you'll find this slide show and presentation about the unique bog habitat interesting!
Oct. 26, 2003 Center for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods Invasive Plants Patty Weisse, Executive Director of The Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods Take a tour of Baltimore Woods and see firsthand the problems created by invasive plants!
Sept. 28, 2003 TWO Habitat Gardens! Michelle's home in Clay: transitioning from typical suburban landscape to backyard habitat! THEN ON TO ...Dan's home in Fulton: the pro at home!
August 24, 2003 The Bog - learn about the unique bog habitat at an Oswego bog Tim Carroll (Dan's brother), Environmental biologist with special expertise in bogs Some moderate hiking 1/2 mile through wet conditions is to be expected. We won't be wading through waist deep water but expect spots of water to cover up the ankles.
July 27, 2003 Kim Adams, Entomologist at the Allens Backyard Wildlife Habitat with a special emphasis on INSECTS!!
June 22, 2003 At Growing Wild Milestrip Rd. Canastota 13032 Perennial and native plant garden center AND a tour of the windmill farm nearby! Joan Livingston's
May 11 or May 18 PICK YOUR DATE! At Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods The Mildred E. Faust Wildflower Garden display is one of the finest, if not the best, in New York State. A wheelchair-accessible trail weaves around trees and flowers for three-tenths of a mile. Volunteer naturalist, Audrey Loewer will lead the walk. NOTE: Members of the Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods are free Non-members of Baltimore Woods - $2 donation
April 27, 2003 At Liverpool Library Spring Gardening and some Botany! Dan Carroll
March 23, 2003 Ballantyne Gardens The Ballantynes
February 23, 2003 Liverpool Library will speak on organic gardening technique Dick de Graff of Grindstone Farm

2002 programs
When Where What Who
December 22, 2002 Learning and Planning
November 24, 2002 Beaver Lake Nature Center Your Garden and Water Quality Amy Samuels, Cooperative Extension agent
October 27, 2002 Growing Wild Extra attraction: A Dramatic Reading by Michelle and Janet! Joan Livingston, owner of Growing Wild, a perennial and native plants landscaping business
October 13, 2002 At the Welchers Garden Tour! See an example of a suburban property that is being transformed into a habitat garden and natural landscape
Sept. 22, 2002 Beaver Lake Providing for migrating birds Greg Smith, Beaver Lake naturalist
August 25, 2002 Program: Attracting Amphibians to Your Yard
Saturday August 4, 2002 At Dan Carroll's home in Fulton Garden Tour! Includes a pond and various theme gardens all in an urban/suburban setting
Sunday July 28, 2002 Beaver Lake Nature Center Backyard Trees for Wildlife Paul O'Connor, forester at Cooperative Extension
Saturday June 29, 2002 At the Allens Garden Tour! See one example of a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
Sunday June 23, 2002 Beaver Lake The Backyard Wildlife Habitat Slide program Janet Allen, NWF Habitat Steward
Sunday May 26, 2002 Beaver Lake Some good habitat plants Dan Carroll, Horticulturist, Great Lakes Horticulture
Sunday April 28, 2002 Landscaping for Wildlife Lisa Cantella, Landscape Designer
Sunday March 24, 2002 "Backyard Ecology - Landscaping and Nature" Dan Carroll, Horticulturist, Great Lakes Horticulture