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Clark Botanic Garden Announces Late Winter/Early Spring Lineup

Immediate Release | Contact: David Chauvin (516) 869-7794| January 31, 2005 

Albertson, NY- Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Thomas Dwyer announced this week the schedule of upcoming events to be held at North Hempstead’s Clark Botanical Garden.  The Winter/Spring schedule, which will begin in mid-September, includes 14 events to take place over an 8 week period.

            “I am excited by the varied and fascinating series of events that Clark Botanical Garden will be holding,” said Supervisor Jon Kaiman.  “With Spring just around the corner, it is going to be a very exciting year for the garden.”

Clark Botanic Garden is a 12-acre living museum and educational facility. The garden is dedicated to understanding and appreciating the world's plant life through horticulture, education and research.  Collections include native wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs, butterfly plants, medicinal plants and over a dozen collections of particular plant families.  Open 10:00am to 4:30pm daily. 

The events at Clark Botanic Garden will include:

Raptors on Long Island “Fireside Chat,” Sunday, February 6th, 2 pm – Meet a cousin of Pale Male when Karl Brummert, Director of Education at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, brings us live birds and a lecture about them.  Join us for a look at some of the creatures who live around us but whom we rarely see.  Fee:  $4 for members, $6 for non-members.

Watercolor Presentation “Fireside Chat,” Sunday, February 13th,

2 pm – Watch and learn as local award-winning artist, Ellen Nilsen, creates an original piece, sharing her techniques for making the paper and paints a pleasure to behold.  Fee:  $4 for members, $6 for non-members.

Watercolor Technique, Thursday, February 17, 24, March 3rd, 10th,

10 am to 1 pm – Workshop to inspire your creativity:  handling washes, mixing colors, designing effective compositions.  Local award winning watercolorist Ellen Nilsen will provide hands-on instruction and guidance to all levels.  Space limited.  Basic materials list provided upon registration.  Fee:  $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

The Gardens of China, “Fireside Chat,” Sunday, February 27th, 2 pm. – From the Zen retreats of poets to the lavish estates of the Emperor, China’s great gardens have been tended, revered and perfected for centuries.  World traveler Roger Kozol presents slides of his recent trip to China and it’s exotic architecture and flora.  Take an armchair trip to this distant locale and hear about the splendid ancient landscapes in Beijing, Xian, Souzhou and Shanghai.

Life Between the Tides:  Who’s Who at the Beach, Sunday, March 13th, 2 pm - Our “Fireside Chat” series welcomes Mickey Maxwell Cohen, award-winning naturalist and marine educator, as he takes us on a slide-illustrated virtual walk along the beaches of Long Island.  Learn what secrets lurk on our shores, what defenses the sea creatures have developed, about our evolutionary ancestors swimming out of sight, and what possibilities these inhabitants of the deep hold for the future.  Bring your favorite seashore treasure for an after-lecture identification session.

Spring Floral Design, Wednesday, March 23rd, 11 am – 1 pm – Jerilyn Dreitlein of Greenleaf & Bloom once again brings us her unique skills, teaching the fundamentals of designing a fresh floral arrangement using choice seasonal blooms to create a spring centerpiece for your home.  Materials supplied.  Please bring your own pruning shears or clippers and gloves.  Fee:  $45 for members, $55 non-members.

Learn to Crochet, Sunday, April 3rd, 2 pm – A lost art to some, timeless heritage to others.  We supply the hook and yarn to get you started on this very personal journey that will give you hours of pleasure.  Taught by Laura Eckerle of All About Ewe in Locust Valley. Reservations are a must.  Fee:  $7 for members, $10 for non-members.

Rose Pruning Workshop, Tuesday, April 5th, 1-3 pm – Timid about pruning your roses?  Don’t know how low to go?  The Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners/Rosarians will guide you through a hands-on workshop in our rose garden – with the opportunity to prune hybrid teas, shrub roses and climbers.  Dress warmly.  Bring pruners and gardening gloves.  RSVP soon.  Each group of 4 will be led by a Master Rosarian.  Reservations required.  Space limited.  Fee:  $4 for members, $8 for non-members.

All programs sponsored by the Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc.  If you would like information on upcoming programming or are interested in membership please call Judy White at 484-8603.

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