Digging and Drinking Long Island, NY

Oct 01, 2018 08:30am -
Oct 01, 2018 05:00pm
Long Island, NY

Event Description

Region I Regional Meeting | Long Island, New York
Digging and Drinking Long Island, New York
Monday, October 1, 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Join your GWA friends in learning different aspects of commercial horticulture on Long Island, New York. Come learn about raising ornamental and tropical plants for summer color, rowing plants for a green roof, urban installations and growing grapes and making wine! The day will include tours, speakers, lunch, wine tasting and more!


8:30 - 10:30AM | Landcraft/ Dennis Shrader + Bill Smith’s Garden
Garden Tour of growing facilities/ nursery and private garden

Set in the heart of the North Fork’s wine region, this three-plus-acre garden surrounds a restored 1840s farmhouse. In 2008, the house went through a major renovation, and the gardens and terraces around it have since been redesigned. The deck, porches, and stone terraces are filled with hundreds of container plantings. There are many perennial and mixed-shrub borders throughout the garden that can be accessed by numerous winding paths. Garden rooms hedged in by hornbeam and boxwood enclose the themed gardens within. Wander through a vegetable/herb garden, a formal knot garden, several bog plantings, meadow gardens, and a woodland shade area. See rustic arbors, trellises, stone walls, and a Tiki hut that contains a collection of exotic plants. The newest meadow garden surrounds the “Ruin”—a subterranean stone grotto partially covered with a sedumplanted green roof, Enjoy the plantings throughout various areas that contain tropicals, subtropicals, tender perennials, and annuals. The house and gardens are encircled by ten acres of fields with mowed paths for viewing native plants and wildlife. Dennis is coauthor of the book Hot Plants for Cool Climates, Gardening with Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones, and Extraordinary Leaves with photographer Steven Green-Armytage.

11:00AM – 12: 30PM | Connie Cross Garden, Garden Tour
See A Private Garden Featured on Garden Design Magazine

This garden is 37 years old. Jim and Conni Cross owned an adjacent property with a world renown nursery called Environmentals, formed in 1966 by Jim and closed in 2012. Jim passed in 1995 and Conni still lives and maintains this ever evolving garden. It is about 5 acres 85% shady, light sandy soil. It surrounds a geothermal residence that is set into a south facing slope so that the north , east ,west are partially buried and the southwest is solar south with lots of windows to maximize the sun.

The berms around the home are planted accordingly to suit the cultural requirements of Rhododendrons and other acid loving plants on three sides and a tufa garden to the south. The property also includes a natural pool, pool house , 5 ponds , waterfall, aviary, koi pond and more. The garden was featured on cover of Garden Design in 2017.

1:00- 3:00PM | Plant Connection & Jamesport Farm Brewery
Box Lunch & lecture/presentation | Lunch and Learn at Jamesport Farm

Partners Anthony Caggiano and Melissa Daniels started Jamesport Farm Brewery as a way to provide local craft beer made with ingredients grown on site at the farm. They combined 50+ years of nursery growing experience with their passion for artisan beer to create a unique "Farm to Pint Experience."

Melissa and Anthony are extremely dedicated to a greener, sustainable future. As Certified Nursery Landscape Professionals in the state of New York, they are deeply woven into Long Island’s horticultural industry. They know the horticultural science behind what it takes for plants to successfully thrive in all growing environments – from hop vines and barley fields, to greenhouse nursery production.

The 43-acre farm is home to LI Hops, which grows and sells hops, and Plant Connection, a wholesale nursery which specializes in growing green walls, green roofs, and other forms of living architecture.

Anthony and Melissa are also very active in numerous local, state, and national organizations including the New York State Brewers Association, the New York Farm Bureau, the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and Living Architecture New York. In 2017, the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association honored Anthony Caggiano and Melissa Daniels as the 53rd Annual Man & Woman of the Year!

3:30-5:00PM | Martha Clara Vineyards

The Rivero-González family, one of the most renowned Mexican wine producers in Parras, Coahuila, has agreed to purchase Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, N.Y., one of Long Island’s finest vineyards.

The Rivero-González family has 15 years experience in the Mexican wine industry and is excited about this acquisition, which will help the members of this family expand their interests beyond Mexico. Likewise, the Riveros are willing to work with the local community in order to encourage and enhance the legacy of the former owners of Martha Clara Winery in a successful way.

The North Fork of Long Island American Viticultural Area region is located in Suffolk County and is governed under the State of New York. Martha Clara Vineyards, found within this region, is one of Long Island's finest vineyards, where the science of winemaking itself is of utmost importance.

Long Island is home to some of the best grape growing conditions in the world. It's sandy loam soil  creates an atmosphere that helps cultivate the grapes that make up Martha Clara Vineyards finest wines. Check back soon for more information regarding soil conditions in the area. The North Fork has the perfect climate terroir for growing grapes. The temperatures in the area are controlled by sea breezes that aerate the vineyards.

6:00 - 8:00PM | Optional GWA Connect Meeting & Dinner
Not included in registration price.
RSVP if you’re coming by September 29 to Carmen DeVito cdevito66@gmail.com

Tweed’s Restaurant & Buffalo Bar
17 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901


Event Type:Social
Category:Regional Meeting
Early registration ends on Aug 21, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Aug 22, 2018 and ends on Sep 16, 2018.
Late registration starts on Sep 17, 2018.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $65.00$75.00$75.00
Non-Member Fee: $85.00$95.00$95.00