Past Lectures

An LGF Spring Preview, Inside and Out

With Vincent Simeone and Dennis Schrader

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

There’s newness in the air this spring – the Garden is going into its fourth season as one of the must-see attractions of the North Fork, and its new conservatory is under construction. We a re pleased to welcome back perennial favorite Vincent A. Simeone, who will lead an eye-opening outdoor tour of a garden on the threshold of spring; then move indoors with Landcraft Environment’s co-owner, LGF’s co- founder, and plant explorer Dennis Schrader to preview the Landcraft private plant collection – a display of tropical plants from around the world – created and curated for decades by Dennis and Bill Smith. Simeone will highlight the wonders of landscape emerging from rest, while Schrader will inspire the plant collector in all of us.

*Participants will receive a signed copy of Simeone’s book, “Sustainable Gardening: Grow a Greener, Low Maintenance Landscape with Less Resources” OR “Wonders of the Winter Landscape.”

**Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available! 3 credits each for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Professionals; Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals; and NYS Registered Landscape Architects through Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County. Sign-up sheets are available from each provider day of event.

VINCENT SIMEONE has worked in public horticulture for 37 years at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is currently the Director. He received an AAS degree in ornamental horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale, a BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in public administration from CW Post. Vincent studied under well-known professors Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. Over the last 15 years, Vincent has assisted Armitage with garden tours through Southern England, Northern France, Southern Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden. Vincent specializes in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties and is an experienced lecturer, instructor, and horticultural consultant. He has spoken to many groups nationwide and has appeared on several garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV.

Dennis Schrader is co-owner of Landcraft Environments, a leading wholesale greenhouse growing operation, located in Mattituck, NY and Ridgley, Maryland. The business currently has over 6 acres of greenhouse growing space, and additional acreage of outdoor growing structures, producing hundreds of thousands of plants each year. Landcraft ships their plants to garden centers, public gardens and garden designers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. In addition to Landcraft Environments, Dennis’ garden design accomplishments range from penthouse gardens in Manhattan to large-scale commercial and estate landscapes on Long Island and throughout the Northeast to tropical gardens in Florida, Hawaii, California and Costa Rica.
Dennis has participated in lecture tours across the country appearing at botanical gardens and horticultural societies. He graduated from SUNY Cobleskill NY where his majors were Environmental Design and Horticulture. He is an advisor to the NYBG School of Horticulture and a member of various garden committees. Dennis has written numerous articles on gardening for national and international magazines and two books: Hot Plants for Cool Climates and Extraordinary Leaves with the photographer Stephen Green-Armitage. In 2020, Dennis and husband Bill Smith founded the Landcraft Garden Foundation.

Stepping Up the Display: How to Assemble and Showcase Plant Collections

When: Saturday, July 22, 10 am – 12 noon
Where: Landcraft Garden Foundation

The collections at Landcraft include a large number of rare and unusual containerized specimen plants pleasingly assembled around the garden but most prominently up the steps of the house’s back terrace. Join LGF co-founder Dennis Schrader as he reviews this extraordinary collection of plants. He will discuss their nativity, how they came to Landcraft, how to care for them and how best to display them for maximum effect. This review is for the professional designer, landscaper, retailer and grower but open to all.

Bold in the Northeast: Designing with Tropical and Tropical-like Plants on the North Fork

When: Saturday, July 8, 10 am – 11 am
Where: Landcraft Garden Foundation

Tour the Gardens at Landcraft Garden Foundation with designer Dennis Schrader- an expert on designing with and growing tropical plants in temperate zones. The co-author of Hot Plants for Cool Climates and Extraordinary Leaves will highlight exceptional plants in the garden that lend themselves to transporting the viewer to much warmer climates but thrive in the humid summers of our region. As he writes, “the aim is to create a riotous exuberance of growth and brilliant color in the context of restrained abandon. Here more is better because it’s an exotic, wild look that is the hallmark of tropical-style gardens.” Be whisked away to paradise where you’d least expect it – and without booking a flight. Learn how the inclusion of just a few choice plants could transform your garden to something extraordinary and exotic. Dennis will offer tips and tricks for the care of rare plants and overwintering tender tropical plants outdoors and indoors.

Winter Walk & Warm-Up: Garden & Greenhouse Tour

When:  Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Landcraft Garden Foundation

Join us for this rare opportunity to appreciate the Landcraft Garden and greenhouses in winter. We are pleased to welcome back Vincent A. Simeone (Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, horticulturist, lecturer, and author), who will lead guests on a delightful outdoor exploration of the garden’s 4-cultivated acres. Although most plants lie dormant, interesting characteristics such as habit, ornamental fruit, and interesting bark become most evident in the bare winter landscape. Conifers and broadleaf evergreens offer striking contrasts to deciduous trees and shrubs with their unique needle forms or leaves and prolong a garden’s appeal into the off-season. Simeone will inspire gardeners to utilize unusual horticultural treasures such as winter fruiting plants; uncommon broadleaved evergreens and conifers; deciduous trees baring vibrant barks and branching structures; and flowering shrubs that bloom on the fringes of the winter season. He will offer important information on sound garden maintenance practices and a plant palette that will provide food and shelter for animals in winter. Then warm-up with Dennis Schrader, President of Landcraft Garden Foundation and Founder & Owner of Landcraft Environments – as he pulls guests inside for a tour of Landcraft’s exceptionally diverse plant collections within the warm & lively greenhouses of Landcraft Environments.

The Parrish Art Museum: Landscape Pleasures 2021

When: *Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: *Landcraft Garden Foundation
Format: Self-Guided Garden Tours, Cocktail Reception & Symposium
Hosted by: The Parrish Art Museum
Tickets: Starting at $200/person

*Note: This wass a multi-day, multi-location event; tours of the Landcraft Garden only on Saturday.

Garden Tours | Saturday, September 11, 10 am–3 pm

Self-guided tours with exclusive access to four gardens on Long Island’s North Fork including the Landcraft Garden Foundation, Winds Way Farm, the Garden of Conni Cross, and the Garden of Ugo Rondinone.

Walk & Learn: Contemplating Composition in the Garden

When: Saturday, August 28, 2021 – 4:00 – 7:30 PM (EST) Where: Landcraft Garden Foundation

Format: Walking lecture & guided tour Hosted by: The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons Cost: $250/person.  This event is a joint fundraiser and proceeds will benefit HAH and Landcraft Garden Foundation equally.

For our 2021 Karish Program we will be doing something a little different. Planning began when it didn’t seem likely that we would be able to meet in large groups or hold indoor lectures. We still wanted the opportunity to gather together safely and learn something new; our solution was an intimate outdoor learning experience!

Our program will take place at Landcraft Garden Foundation and benefit both HAH and the Foundation. It will feature garden founders Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith, horticulturalist David Culp and photographer Rob Cardillo.

We will explore the idea of composition as it relates to plantings (textures, color, seasonality) and photographs. After brief framework remarks, we will break into four small groups led by Dennis, Bill, David and Rob to walk through the garden and examine real-life examples of these concepts. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from these experts — and ask lots of questions — while enjoying the grounds… and support two great organizations in the process.  Following the tour we will gather for wine and cheese on the West Terrace to mingle and take in the spectacular views of the garden in the evening light. We hope you can join us for this very special program!

2021 Virtual Spring Gardening School

When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM (EST) Format: Webinar Hosted by: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Cost: $45.00 – $75.00 Join Dennis for his lecture: “Hot Plants for Cool Climates”, along with a host of other talented and knowledgeable speakers for a day of virtual gardening immersion.    Visit Cornell Cooperative Extension’s event page for registration and general information.

Lush Life: Tropical Plants in Temperate Climates

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 5:00 – 6:00 PM (EST) Format: Webinar Hosted by: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Cost: $31.50 for PHS members, $35.00 for nonmembers Ready to add some sizzle to your garden this year? Learn how to use tropicals, subtropicals, and tender perennials to expand your gardening palette – both in the garden and in container plantings. Visit the PHS website for registration and general information.