Greetings… As a final invitation and reminder, the Patchogue Garden Club is hosting a bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden on Sunday, 05/17/15.
Greetings fellow members…
Jo Miller has put together a fun day trip for anyone interesting in joining.
Spring Bus Trip : Brooklyn Botanical Garden www.bbg.org
Sunday, May 17, 2015
and mailed to Jo at 276 West Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772.
This trip is not limited to just our club.
Think Spring Luncheon – Join us and help celebrate the Fabulous ’50s
March 26, 2015
Doors open 10:15 am
Mediterranean Manor Caterers
303 East Main Street, East Patchogue, NY 11772, United States
Checks and names of guests should be received no later than March 16
Send checks to:
Patchogue Garden Club
c/o Karen Ferb
270 West Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
More info please call: Georgia 631-289-0867
14th Annual Garden Tour 2014, July 5, 2015
1. The Patchogue Garden Club’s Village Community Garden at the corner of Terry Street and South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue Village.
2. Eva & Bryan Greguski – 64 Amity Street, Patchogue Village
Almost eight years ago we found this old home, built by the famous local shipbuilder Gil Smith, with a burned-out barn in the backyard and a dying oak tree in the front. Our family thought we were crazy, but we named our home “The Brambles” because it was covered in invasive plants, thorny shrubs and weedy maple trees. Sometimes it takes crazy people to take on a challenge.
We started in the rear and tackled the barn first. Down it came and up went a new one, although it was dead-center on the property. A flat yard with a large red building in the middle isn’t very attractive, so we divided the space into rooms. We have a “kitchen,” a large organic vegetable and herb garden that feeds us, extended family and friends. Our “dining room” features a patio we laid with repurposed antique brick (including many dug up from the property). Our “den” is a round firepit and patio, placed in an area underneath a black walnut tree that provides beautiful shade but doesn’t allow many plants to grow beneath it. Providing vistas in spaces that are seemingly small but make up a comprehensive whole is probably our greatest challenge in this garden.
Three years ago that old oak tree fell on our front porch, and once again we turned a tragedy into an opportunity. Once the dust settled and the branches were carried off, we were finally able to realize our dream of a front cottage garden. This is a work in progress, and each year we add new varieties to the garden. Since this is a 19th century home, we try to feature plants and varieties contemporary to the home. We also mix flowers, herbs and vegetables together, so you might just see some eatables among the ornamentals!
Every year has had a challenge and this one was no different. The salty winds from Superstorm Sandy 18 months ago acted as a desiccant; this frightfully cold winter finished off some of the weakened shrubs and plants. The late spring and summer means we’re behind this season, but who isn’t? “The Brambles” is a work in progress, as it has been for the last 130 years and will hopefully continue to be for the next century or more.
3. McAvoy Garden – 59 Mulford Street, Patchogue Village
Our gardens began when I was in high school and worked at the Bloomin’ Haus nursery in Holtsville. I always gardened with my mother and grandparents and while working there I sucked up every bit of knowledge I could about growing, propagating, rescuing, and garden planning. I would bring home the sad rejected plants that people returned (almost always because they failed to water them… and they thought I couldn’t tell!) and nursed them back to health. When my parents sold their house, I lovingly moved the plants to my grandparent’s home.
When we moved into our home in 2003 the front yard consisted of two old yews, and an evergreen, and the backyard was a continuation of the driveway; all rocks. I envisioned the front yard being one large butterfly garden. Over the years I propagated and split from the many plants at my grandparent’s home, and kept expanding one square foot at a time. My sister was a garden specialist at a retailer and would send me text messages like “u want weigela – $1 come now” and I continued to fill my garden with sad rejects in need of love. As my grandmother began to age, she became possessive and would not let me split or take a thing! When it was time to sell their home in 2012, my sister and I would sneak over while she was at the doctors and would snatch whatever we could! Unfortunately, salty wind driven air of Sandy did a number on most of the fresh transplants and we lost a variety of daylilies, irises, and oriental lilies that we moved from her home that year. As we prepare to say goodbye to Mulford St., I have passed on splittings to friends and family knowing they will continue to be nurtured and loved.
4. Franco Garden – Bailey Avenue, Patchogue Village
When I purchased my house in 1974, there were no gardens, just lawn, some foundation plantings, a few maple trees and two towering fir trees in the back yard. The garden has gone through many changes through the decades. The one thing you can count on in gardening is change! The ones you instigate, and the ones Mother Nature has in store for you! The one common thread in my garden throughout the years is less lawn – more gardens!
I like to have four-season interest – even in the dead of winter I have flowers blooming, evergreens and plants with interesting bark or buds. As you meander through the paths in my front yard take notice of:
• Picea pungens – (Foxtail spruce) greets you near the front of the driveway, you’ll know it by the blue-green needles and interesting twisted branches.
• Magnolia stellata – Wonderful leathery leaves in summer, turning bronze in the fall. During the winter the flower buds give the appearance of pussy willows. The fragrant flowers, which cover the tree from top to bottom, open early; before the leaves.
• Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese umbrella pine) – Light green evergreen with red-brown bark that peels in ribbons. The needles are arranged in whorls resembling the spines of an umbrella.
• Osmanthus heterophyllus (False holly) – evergreen shrub with holly-like leaves and tiny fragrant tubular flowers
• Philadelphus coronaries (Sweet mock orange) – Deciduous shrub that bears very fragrant white flowers.
As you walk down the path to my back yard take notice of the shade garden next to the walkway by the house. For many years I have planted a flat of impatiens along that walk. The only decision every year was what color to plant. When they all prematurely died two summers ago, due to the outbreak of downy mildew, I wondered; what will I do now? Well, as you can see, there are many wonderful shade loving plants to take their place; hostas of many varieties and colors, astilbe, aquilegia (columbine), hellebores, and tricyrtis (toad lily) to name a few!
When I originally had my garden on display for the 2007 tour, the attributes I looked for in purchasing new plants were; fragrance, visual appeal, unusual characteristics, wildlife appeal and more than one season interest. I have moved now towards also including more edible plants in my landscape, (More food for the wildlife most likely!) You’ll notice I’ve taken over some of the back lawn with a raised block veggie garden. I plan on growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, Swiss chard and herbs, including basil, oregano, sage and others. As I write this, I have seeds starting to sprout on my windowsill holding the promise of tasty veggies to come. I also grow perennial veggies; asparagus, rhubarb and Egyptian walking onions. These require little care but provide me with an abundance of seasonal veggies. The first asparagus of spring never even make it into the house as I can’t resist tasting them as soon as I pick them! I have also planted plum, cherry and hazelnut trees. These are ornamental as well as practical as they are quite charming in flower and later in the season, I can have organic produce growing right in my own yard! The fenced-in area is my raspberry garden. I have two cultivars; red and black. I also have blackberries that ripen after the raspberries are finished. I love to work in the garden and forage for snacks as I go!
In my backyard, you’ll notice a river birch. I love the peeling beige/brown bark! In the fire pit garden is a climbing vine that flowers with fragrant yellow trumpet blossoms – a Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens). There are also many crape-myrtles; I grow these for their flowers as well as interesting bark coloration. Notice also the hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa tetragona aurea) a recent acquisition that I purchased for the interesting yellow/green evergreen coloration.
I have several vines climbing on the pergola over the patio, the one that is most notable is the akebia; a vigorous fast-growing vine with tiny fragrant flowers in early spring. Interesting seed pods are borne in the fall.
Thank you for visiting my gardens today. I hope you have seen something that you have found interesting or has inspired you.
For those of you who were on the Christmas House Tour you will remember the Art Moderne design of our homebuilt in 1947. Streamline Moderne or Art Moderne emphasizes curving forms, long horizontal lines and some nautical elements. Our home features corner windows, glass block walls, a porthole window, exterior white stucco walls, and black horizontal lines of the capping on the flat roofs. As you walk around the outside of the house notice how the vertical and horizontal lines meet up.
10 years ago we purchased our home from a member of the family who built it, and it was in original condition, for the first 8 year we updated the inside, and then we turned our focus to the outside. In the front, notice the original walkway way that leads up to the front door. When we purchased it you could barely see the front of the home, we cleared all but the Burning Bush and the beautiful Japanese Maple. We then replaced the fence around the yard, moving it to just behind the corner windows to increase the size of the backyard, and finally we poured a new curved front step, driveway, and walk way to the back patio.
Last year in order to break up the large white walls on the front of the house, we commissioned the black trellises to be made so our plantings could rise high above the beds. Our garden beds are free form to soften the angles of the house. The plantings you see now are just a year old and we planted Boxwood that will hopefully grow to follow the curve of the step. Rhododendron to anchor both sides, a Pom Pom Juniper and Sky Pencil Holly for shape interest, grasses for texture and golden bushes for more color and some annuals to complete the front.
As you walk down the driveway, you will see another big white wall; we are thinking of having more trellises or possibly planting Espalier Fruit trees. Having the tree follow wires vertical along the wall will add such interest to the space. Your suggestions are welcome. The original landscape plans for the home had many rose bushes, all from an upstate growers and sadly none survived, but we hope to research and add a few fragrant varieties by the windows.
The backyard was so overgrown that we could not see our neighbors and the sun did not see our yard. We slowly removed a row of old scruffy cedars along the north and east side, and then sadly a 90’ Maple had to come down that was located in the center of the yard. Our neighbors called and told us the whole neighborhood seemed brighter. Please take a moment to look at the photos on the patio of how the yard looked when we moved in, and you will see that although we are just beginning in our efforts, we have come a long way.
The center garden has been there since we moved in, the small fish pond, and garden angel were from the previous owners. We just keep adding to it and experimenting with plants in this area. During the house renovations this was our favorite place to sit. Last year we had the final tree trimming session to elevate our more established trees, then we planted some Evergreens and Laurels. Our raised vegetable beds with the fig tree in the center is this year’s addition. Next year we are thinking of adding of grape arbors, fire pit and screened gazebo.
Since our gardens are in their infancy, we thought we would invite some artist friends to share their talents. We so enjoy gardening, not only is it something we can enjoy together, we believe it is nature’s art. Enjoy the tour, thanks to all the hardworking club volunteers, so glad to be a member and grateful to be able to learn from all of you.
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas” – Elizabeth Murray
– Kelleen and Karl
6. R. Waldman Residence – 16 Glenwood Street, East Patchogue
I was reminded recently that is has been twenty years (!?!) since I moved from a studio co-op apartment in Forest Hills, Queens where I grew African violets on a window sill to the wilds of East Patchogue. At that time, so long ago (before the one story addition that was put on about ten years ago), the landscaping consisted of a sandy patch of a driveway, a concrete center walk from the front door to the street and slight tufts of grass throughout. With time, money and energy I have been in the process of transforming this suburban garden, a continuous work in progress.
The standard suburban front lawn is of no use to me as I refuse to throw down chemicals in an attempt to maintain green grass in a shady sandy location (just last month the town removed a large street tree that will now change the sun / shade environment). Installed after a storm that added 4 ft of water to my basement, a heavy duty triple sump pump system now seems to drain the Great South Bay into the trough I dug heading to the street (future plans will include water loving plantings along this ‘river bed’). Flowering shrubs and perennials exist along with a mix of annuals in concrete and ironstone pottery.
My back yard consists of a patio and perimeter plantings. A focal point installed in late 2011 is my NYC marathon banner. I ran this race for the Alzheimer’s Association but was felled at mile 20.25 due to a heart attack. The Bronx banner holds much significance for me as this was the only borough I did not get to and also was where I was born. (I am currently in training once again for the Alz. Assn. for this year’s race).
Throughout my garden there is a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers. Heritage River Birch, viburnums, azaleas, spireas, boxwood, euonymus, hydrangeas make up the ‘bones’ of the garden. The growing list of perennials include hostas, geraniums, coreopsis, heuchera, ferns, lily of the valley, penstemon, hackonechloa, epimedium, astilbe, liriope, nepeta, peony, sedum, salvia and tiarella (and anything else that looks interesting on my stops at local nurseries).
Thank you for coming by. Enjoy.
Two years ago when we moved into 330 Private Road the yard was full of ivy, cypress trees, and onion weeds and hews. We began with clearing the very first weekend and had 17 trees removed right away. During the cleanup, we found Monks Head flowers, Anemone, Day Lilies, and Peony and lifted them to use later throughout the new garden. In addition, I had split many of my plants from my previous residence to bring to the new house which included Hydrangeas, Pink Loosestrife, Astilbe, and several perennials. Also, my brother was selling his house and I went over to hijack more plants which include but not limited to white Astilbe, White Peony, Yellow Tick Weed.
This spring, I have split a lot of the plants and have tried to move them to create a more uniformed flow of color. Adding this spring are Phlox that I have started from bare roots. Also, I did clear an area by the patio to plant a more natural garden.
Please enjoy the view. I will be here all day if you have any questions.
1. The Club Garden – Located at the corner of Terry Street and South Ocean Avenue
“Garden: An equal opportunity employer of the earth’s most eccentric people
who together produce enough flowers and vegetables to feed all the world’s
insects, groundhogs, raccoons, and deer. – Anonymous
2. The Sweeney Garden – 47 Washington Avenue
The area of Patchogue from Main Street south along Washington Avenue was farmland until the 1920’s when it began to be subdivided. This house at 47 Washington was built in the mid- 1920’s by a young man for his bride. They lived here for a very long time.
We bought the property in 1968 as a young couple looking for a first home with a toddler and a baby on the way. It would have been easier if the house and grounds were in really good shape since it was September and I already had my hands full. In October Margaret was born between unpacking and removing multiple layers of wall paper. Probably the last thing on my list was starting a garden.
All that really got done that fall was raking leaves from a huge Norway maple behind the house. It is no longer there but provided beautiful shade until 2008. Over the years foundation shrubs were removed and replaced. The dogwoods in the front were some of the first plantings. My father gave me one from his garden in a coffee can in the 70’s.
This property is long and narrow (50 x217) and divided by the house and the garage into three areas. My gardening efforts do not have a master plan. I respond to color, shape, rescuing plants and trying unknowns. The front is mostly shade with grass, shrubs, flowering trees, crocuses and other bulbs under the dogwood for spring, and an ever growing and changing “mailbox” garden. Clematis, hydrangea, irises, and a hybrid rose are the center.
The middle section contains the deck with potted shrubs and container plantings, as well as the oldest specimens…violets and lilies of the valley from the original owners. It also contains the newest additions: a Cleveland pear (2009), a “Forest Pansy” Eastern redbud (2010) and a dappled willow (2011). This area also has many varieties of flowering perennials for each season such as pink hellebore (Lenten Rose) for winter.
The back yard was the home of my large vegetable garden in the 70’s and 80’s with a fence for the kids’ pool and the dog. Now it has a small starter greenhouse (2003) and a garden storage shed with a water barrel. The rest of the back garden has about a dozen or so planting areas that are mostly flowering shrubs and trees, lots of perennials and even a few vegetables and herbs. I call the NE corner the lilac garden and the SE the forsythia corner. Among the flowers are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. For winter there are pussywillows and yellow winter jasmine.
Most of my plants, flowering shrubs and trees are labeled. Some of my summer favorites are aster, purple coneflower, gaura, hot pink phlox, knock-out roses, lavender, crepe myrtle, and Japanese anemone. The golden rudbeckia usually continue to make a great color splash even after the first frost.
Ten years ago my family and I moved to our current address in Patchogue and were excited for the space to explore gardening. Since then I have been passionate to creating a tranquil setting which my wife loves, especially when sitting on the open porch to enjoy the view. My passion for gardening came into existence since I was a kid growing up in the Caribbean. I was always fascinated by plants and beautiful flowers.
One of the funny stories in my home is that, during the planting season I have always promised my wife that I have finished purchasing plants for the year. But like any addiction whenever there is that beautiful shower of rain, I tell myself I’m going to the nursery just to look, and being so weak I cannot resist the temptation of that unique plant that would fit that specific spot. I would purchase plants, hide them whenever bringing them home for fear that my wife would see them and complain about the expense.
When we acquired this property, there were miscellaneous plants and flowers randomly planted at a few locations throughout the property. The rear of the property was more limited to the survival of most of the current plants that exist there today. The rear had lots of large maple trees which did not allow the sun light, and also hindered the hydration of the soil. As a result of some hurricane force wind over a few years, most of those trees were destroyed and therefore open up the opportunity to extend the garden even more. A lot of the shrubs on the property were rejected by landscapers whom I knew and I gave them a second chance.
I’ve tried my best to utilize every potential prolific space, keep the place from clutter, and at the same time create a beautiful curb appeal with a combination of perennials, annuals, shrubs and lawn.
There is a variety of flowers throughout the property, which I must confess I don’t remember the names of most without looking into the nursery guide book. What I have been doing recently is installing a label by each plant to make tours more educating.
Some of the main highlights that keep the garden buzzing, to name a few, are the lantana, (this a tropical plant that blooms all summer through the end of fall, these are mixed in with other early bloomers to provide constant colors), butterfly bush, crape myrtle, dahlia, lots of knockout rose, floribunda, grandiflora, weigela, gladiolas, peony and phlox.
Another main feature of my garden is the vegetable and herb section. We grow a tropical vegetable called callaloo, spicy scotch bonnet peppers, onions, tomatoes, thyme and basil.
I hope you will enjoy the tour of our garden.
For those of you who have attended this tour before, you may remember visiting our former garden on Old Medford Avenue. We moved here in April of 2006, bringing with us as many plants, trees, and shrubs that weren’t cemented into the ground. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies on moving day…
Our landscaping goal: Rooms With A View! The work to transform this look began even before moving boxes were unpacked.
The first room is the foyer, with the woodland area to the right and the perennial garden in the center. We returned grass to this area last year as Mark loves the smell of freshly moved lawn. Notice the border garden across the street as many of our perennials from the front yard re-do along with other wayward plants were placed there as we maintain this area throughout the year. The National Wildlife Federation designated our yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, for which we are very proud. The sign sits in the front right corner. For more information visit their website at www.nwf.org.
Approaching the former driveway brings you to our hallway including assorted textures and colors of evergreens on the right along with Leyland Cypress and Arborvitae on the left. Continuing on finds you at the entrance to our greatroom, flanked by a Japanese Red Maple tree and herb garden, the later of which is taken advantage of well into the Fall.
The pond and surrounding gardens are a continuation of the greatroom. Digging both the pond and waterfall by hand, we have planted, replanted, and replanted again most of everything you see surrounding it, including the area to the far right where the outdoor shower is. Did you find it?
From the pond area proceed back to the living room, a circular fire pit with assorted evergreens throughout. The placement of evergreens provides year-round color and Winter protection for our visiting wildlife, both goals that Guy had in mind from the very beginning. All of the red bricks were found through friends, yard sales, and Craig’s List. The Azalea garden was moved here last year, adding spectacular color in the Spring. Fires in the pit are very relaxing!
And finally, the back end of the yard is where we placed our pantry, which includes the greenhouse, vegetable beds, fruit trees, assorted berries and of course our chickens. In fact, the coop once stood where the pond is today and was moved by rolling it on large PVC pipes, similar to how the Egyptians might have built the Great Pyramids.
Eggs may be for sale on the day of the tour depending on the girls’ mood!
Most gardeners are forever moving and adjusting the look and layout of their beds and are never fully satisfied or finished. We are no exception. Our biggest challenge… getting the pond water clear. All efforts have failed. Admittedly our own tweaking has taken place over the past few months so that we too can confidently welcome you here today. And now for the most part, each “room” is maintenance free and exactly how we’d always envisioned they’d become.
Thank you for allowing us to show you our efforts.
Mark and Guy
It was over six years ago when 2 village trustees stood behind the Winona Hotel on Bay Ave. (soon to become the home of the Village Parks and Recreation Department) and said “wouldn’t this be a great spot for a community vegetable garden?”. Well, it did seem that the stars had aligned and the long hoped for garden would become a reality.
In August of 2011, I approached the village and inquired as to whether they had ever considered a community vegetable garden? When they replied yes in fact they had, I enthusiastically offered to head up the project.
I contacted Susan Wilk at Cornell Co-operative Extension staff and learned that they had a program called “Creating Healthy Places in Suffolk County” and they would be willing to partner with me to start and maintain the garden. They even have a Elizabeth Takakjian, garden educator, on staff. The Co-operative Extension has partnered on a number of gardens; including the beautiful River and Roots garden in downtown Riverhead. Our garden would be the first for them in the Town of Brookhaven. The village trustees who have been instrumental in making the garden project a reality made sure there was water and electric for the planting kickoff. Local business owners have generously pitched in.
After months of organizing, fund raising and working with village officials to set the ball in motion, we broke ground on the second Saturday in May 29, 2012 with the help of over two-dozen neighbors participating and helping us plan, build, plant and maintain an abundant garden.
We started with an initial 42 raised beds. There are even a couple of handicapped accessible beds for seniors to share with their children and grandchildren. As we work together to build a healthy Patchogue there is a day every month designated to a group harvest and donation at our local food pantries and soup kitchens. It is an acknowledgment of our garden’s vision, and specifically the vision of”…sharing with our neighbors.”
The garden project has been backed by community clubs. For instance, members of the local Madras Latinas Club and the Green Thumb Club at Bay Avenue Elementary School have become actively involved in the effort as well. The children from Medford Elementary school grew many tomatoes and peppers from seed this year for our gardeners.
A neighbor commented that a hope for the community garden is that it is going to evolve into
a wonderful thing that’s here to stay for generations,”
Patchogue Planting Patch Community Garden
~A Place of Beauty and Bounty, Learning and Reflection~
Our gardeners, young and old, come to this garden from all walks of life.
Here we cultivate community, sharing the pleasures of gardening.
We nourish our bodies and minds, sharing with our neighbors,
as we work together to build a healthy Patchogue.
Born and brought up in New York City with only cement and no dirt,I was arrested at the mud pie stage of development therefore the reason I now play in dirt.
Many years ago I started the garden I have now. It is (for some reason) always a work in progress and have never quite finished. My garden has given me joy, is a source of frustration, and is a battle ground with bad bugs and diseases.
However someone once said “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” A thought that sustains me in the dank of winter.