We study a specific area of horticulture, or a family of plants and other gardening related issues, usually on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 am until noon from October through March. All are welcome, whether members or not, to participate in these free discussions. They are moderated by Pamela Harwood and take place at the HAH Library and meeting room on the lower level of the Bridgehampton Community House. Enter at our parking lot on the west side of School Street and go to the door to the right of the Book Bay.
Reports on some of these meetings can be found in our newsletters and also here on the website in our Plant Info section.
For 2021 we will conduct the Roundtable via ZOOM. Please check your email for the link.
Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10am to 11:30am
Moderated by Pamela Harwood
Attracting Butterflies, Bees, and other Pollinators to your Garden
As this will be our last scheduled Roundtable before we’ll all be purchasing new plants and back outside spending time in our gardens, we thought the timing is perfect to discuss how important pollinators are to the success of our gardens and to the environment. And since not all plants, no matter how beautiful, attract pollinators, we want to focus on sharing information about the plants — be they trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals — that do the job. Many of these selections of course will be plants that are native to Eastern Long Island. But others are native to other areas of North America and even other parts of the world. But they all share characteristics that attract and nurture pollinators in various ways and at various stages of their life cycles.
Sarah Alford will speak about attracting butterflies to your garden. Brian Smith, Vice President of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, will focus on the native plants that host and nurture bees and other pollinators in our gardens. We will go beyond plant varieties and also suggest how various selections may be best placed in your garden for maximum enjoyment, and other garden elements that are important for our pollinator friends.
While in-person gatherings are restricted, our sessions will be held on Zoom. The day prior to the Roundtable date, members will receive an email with the Zoom link to enable you to log on to the program. It’s best to log on about 10 minutes early to enable the host to let each attendee enter the meeting so we can begin on time. We hope you’ll join us to learn, ask questions, and give advice to others.
As always, we’ll save time for questions from the floor about other topics. So see you on April 3rd!
Notes from our March 6th Roundtable on Landscape Lighting
Our featured presenter last month was Tyler Horn, principal of Luminism Design based in Sag Harbor. Tyler specializes in landscape lighting design and installation. It was fascinating to learn of all the technological developments that have brought this aspect of garden design to the forefront. For example, advancements in LED technology enable landscapers to offer a spectrum of colors, intensity, and levels of warmth to “white” lighting options. The choices of bulbs are important as well: some that have multiple sources of light can create a dizzying effect, rather than the crisp and naturalistic one that bulbs with a single light source provide. The good news is that these enhancements to the enjoyment of your garden during the evening and nighttime hours can all be accomplished while still adhering to Dark Skies codes and also without disturbing your neighbors. Timers can automatically shut off your system by midnight. Fixtures can aim the light directly downward. Special wiring can enable lights to be placed in shrubs and trees to illuminate the plantings without lighting the sky, and to mimic how the sun shines into a garden. One member asked if solar power can be used for landscape lighting, but Tyler explained the technology is not available yet for this sort of sophisticated system. Another questioned whether homeowners can use these techniques to make security lighting more aesthetically pleasing, perhaps through more extended use of motion sensors.
Susan Harder, an HAH member and also the New York representative of the Dark Sky Association, was also a welcome presenter, offering further suggestions such as using dimmers, that lighting doesn’t necessarily improve security, and that April 5-12 is International Dark Sky Week.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN Planting the Shrubs, Trees, and Perennials that Provide Food and Shelter
Among our attendees will be Brian Smith, Vice President of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, who will speak about which native plants are best suited to this topic; member Nancy Gilbert who, with her husband Richard Wines, owns Winds Way farm and gardens in Jamesport, who will answer questions about the plants and habitats on their property that feed and shelter birds, and Eileen Schwinn, Vice President of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and in charge of field trips, who will describe which bird species are in our area during the winter months. Additional knowledgeable community partners will be on hand as well.
January 2, 2021
PRUNING: Tasks and Methods for Winter and Early Spring
While we are at home and in our gardens more during these unusual times, there is one garden task that can and should be done while shrubs and trees are dormant, and in the coming months we will have the time to take on tasks we might otherwise put off. But you may find yourself asking such questions as, “can I prune this hydrangea or other shrub now, or is it a variety that, if pruned now, will result in the loss of the spring or summer flowers?” How do I identify where to make the pruning cuts, what is the correct method, and what are the best tools for each job?
That is why I am pleased to announce that one of our participants will be Jackson Dodds, a certified arborist and founder of Jackson Dodds & Company, who will be able to help answer such questions. We will also be treated to a live demonstration as he takes his computer outdoors to show us identifying plant markers and pruning cuts.
While in-person gatherings are restricted, our sessions will be held on Zoom. Prior to the Roundtable date, members will receive an email with the Zoom link to enable you to log on to the program. It’s best to log on about 10 minutes early to enable the host to let each attendee enter the meeting so we can begin on time. We hope you’ll join us to learn, ask questions, and give advice to others.
As always, we’ll save time for questions from the floor about other topics. So see you on January 2nd!
March 7, 2020
TOPICS: Favorite Trees and Pruning Techniques for Shrubs and Trees! Late-winter and early spring are great times to plant new trees and to do maintenance pruning of existing shrubs and trees. A favorite maxim is, “right plant in the right location.” The questions are, which trees flourish in East End conditions, and what is the right location to plant my dream trees, both standard and dwarf sized, on my property? To keep your trees and shrubs looking their best we’ll discuss pruning techniques and timing, an “evergreen” topic. Several varieties can be pruned to stay shrubs or to grow tree size, including our favorite Crape Myrtles.
February 1, 2020
TOPIC: Transplanting and dividing!
This is a great time to begin thinking about which plants in your garden you can multiply and rejuvenate by dividing and transplanting, which plants might need to be transplanted to thrive better in another location in your garden, and which plants would simply look better in another spot in your garden. The question is, when is a good time to transplant and/or divide the particular plants you have in mind? And how does dividing and transplanting help your garden flourish? It’s also the way that members can donate plants to the HAH Plant Fair’s “Member Digs” offerings.
January 4, 2020
TOPIC: It is time to start planting SEEDS already! Please join us for a discussion about seeds and seed catalogs. See Sarah’s article on seed catalogs on the next page and bring your own suggestions for others and particularly information about what ones are your favorites and why. What are your experiences with growing from seed?
December 14, 2020
TOPIC: FAVORITE NATIVE PLANTS – Following up on Doug Tallamy’s talk at the Karish Event, our Roundtable will include HAH members who grow native plants and will share information about their favorites.
November 2, 2019
TOPIC: Our topic of discussion will be GROUNDCOVERS and we will continue the exploration begun by last month’s speaker on this subject. Many of you have had the experience of dealing with invasive, weedy groundcover elimination. Come share what does work well for you. If you bring in some samples, we can have a plant swap. Or bring some photos of your successes.
October 12, 2019
- Plants that Look Great in September, October, and November (and may be on sale now at local nurseries or available from other HAH members!)
- What to Do Right Now in Your Garden for Maintenance and Improvement
- Questions and Answers from the Group
Photo © Erika Shank