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Art Show at Lasdon Park in Somers

August 11, 2005

An outdoor art show, flower arranging and tips on great shade plants and poolside gardening are on tap during July and August at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers. Art work, crafts, jewelry, pottery and entertainment will mark the first ever Outdoor Art Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, at Lasdon Park.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students; children under 10 are admitted free of charge. A weekend pass is available for $9. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show will be held rain or shine.

Learn your plant materials from A to Z as you tour the William and Mildred Lasdon Memorial Garden on Sunday, July 10, with horticulturist Tolly Beck. This beautiful gardens features a courtyard with a lovely fountain and is surrounded by a synoptic garden, which features plantings along a pathway starting at Abelia and ending with Zenobia.

Got shade? No problem. Join Ms. Beck on Sunday, July 24, when she will present “Great Plants for Shade,” a slide show offering the many varieties of plants that thrive in little or even no sun. You’ll learn how to add color and texture to that hard-to-grow area of your home landscape.

Want to have a garden but not have to work at it 24/7? Learn the basics of “Low Maintenance Gardening” on Sunday, August 7. Ms. Beck will suggest many types of plant materials that required little watering and trimming yet still look lovely in your garden landscape.

Finally, you’ve worked hard all summer and now you just want to kick and enjoy the late summer in all its glory, take a “Late Summer Walking Tour” at the arboretum on Sunday, August 21. See what’s in bloom and get some ideas for next summer.

All programs run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fee is $10 for each program and pre-registration is required by calling (914) 864-7267.

Exercise your horticultural creativity by learning how to create your own flower arrangement during the “New Designs for Flower Shows” workshop on Monday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. offered by the New Horizons Garden Club. The free program is sponsored by the Friends of Lasdon volunteer group and pre-registration is required by calling (914) 739-3469.

A Horticultural School program for interested individuals who would like to become flower show judges and/or exhibitors will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 23, 24 & 25, at the arboretum. The program is co-sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and is open to the public. For more information, call (914) 739-3469.

The New York Botanical Garden will also offer two horticulture classes during July, beginning with “Poolside Gardening” Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee is $34 for NYBG members, $38 for non-members. Then, on Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can learn the basics of “Contemporary Garden Style.” Fee is $23 for members, $25 for non-members. For more information or to register for either program, call (800) 332-6924 or log on to

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a 234-acre park and developing arboretum featuring many species of trees, shrubs and perennials, and is home to the new Lasdon Memorial Garden. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a Westchester County Park. It can be reached via I-684, exit 6. Head west off the exit; the park is approximately four miles ahead on the left. Or, take the Taconic State Parkway to Route 202 exit, and head east on Route 202. Follow to Route 35 and turn left; the park is three miles ahead on the right.


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