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Horticulturally Speaking

November 4, 2005

As the colors of autumn fade and the outdoor garden is officially tucked in for the winter, a gardener’s thoughts begin to move indoors. You can join Lasdon horticulturist Tolly Beck for three workshops that will help ease the transition during November and December at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial.

Even though they have been in use for decades, many people are unfamiliar with the value of both “Cold Frames and Hot Beds.” Join Ms. Beck on Sunday, November 6, for a how-to discussion of the benefits of each and how they can best be utilized by home gardeners. She’ll also offer tips for building your own.

Nothing brings back the fragrance and taste of summer more than fresh herbs, but with lower light levels and lack of humidity, they present a challenge to grow successfully indoors during the winter months. During “Growing Herbs Indoors” on Sunday, November 20, Ms. Beck will offer tips on how to propagate them from both seeds and cuttings, and suggest varieties that are well-suited for an indoor environment.

Then, get out in the crisp late fall air and take a “Walking Tour of the Lasdon Conifer Garden” on Sunday, December 4, as you enjoy what’s still “green” in the barren landscape and learn to identify trees for possible use in your own home landscape.

All these programs run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fee is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling (914) 864-7267.

Finally, craft your own distinctive, holiday door decoration during a “Wreath-Making Workshop” on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Main House with the experts from the Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum. Member will be on hand to demonstrate the basic techniques as you fashion a decorative wreath using fresh greens and other natural materials. All you need to bring are gloves and clippers.

Fee for the workshop is $20 which includes materials. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of Lasdon Park and. For more information or to register for the workshop, call (914) 864-7268.

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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