Archive for the ‘Happenings’ category

SUNY ESF Alumni Sponsor the Return of the American Chestnut

February 18, 2012

On April 18, test trees of American chestnut produced by the Restoration Project at ESF will be planted at an event at the New York Botanical Garden, the place where chestnut blight was first discovered in 1904. The Research Project has more than 100 varieties either in field trials or waiting to be tested.  The event will include a lecture on chestnut trees at 3 p.m. followed by a planting of trees at 4:30 and a reception and dinner at 6:00 in the renovated  stone mill at the garden. Fees are $31 for the lecture and $100 for the dinner. Reservations are required and sponsorships are encouraged.  If you are interested contact the ESF alumni office at 315-470-6632 or Let’s hope this is the beginning of the return of the American chestnut tree to our eastern forests.

Botany Comes to New York City Theater

January 7, 2012

Theater artist Jim Findlay has created a new production entitled BOTANICA that examines the relationship between plants and humans. Please visit their website at for further information about the production and the artistic team.

They are  offering a $5 discount to NYFA blog readers for upcoming performances of BOTANICA from January 28 thru February 25, 2012 at 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan (

BOTANICA is a creepy futuristic black comedy that examines our complicated and interdependent relationship to plant life. Sealed in a human terrarium, two unorthodox botanists and a caretaker unleash a flood of unusual findings and overturn the constraints of science and social norms. The discount offer is valid for tickets purchased before 1/27/12.

Tickets can be purchased HERE. To get the $5 discount, tickets must be purchased before 1/27/12 with the discount code “Green.”

New York Natural History Conference Coming Next April in Syracuse

October 25, 2011

Next year’s conference, April 15-19, stands to be even better than the one in Albany last spring.  All you botanists out there should plan to participate.  See the information below. Click on it twice for a larger version.

CLICK HERE to go right to their conference website.

Don’t Forget the Native Plant Sale in Riverhead the First 2 Weekends in June

May 17, 2011

Join Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) at their 3rd Annual Native Plant Sale on June 3, 4, 10 , 11th (rain or shine) at the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Greenhouse, Riverhead, NY.  An array of attractive Long Island native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs are available in varying sizes for your nursery sales, landscaping and/or restoration needs. This plant sale serves as a fundraiser to help support this progressive effort!

LINPI is an all-volunteer cooperative effort of over thirty non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, nursery professionals, and citizens.  The mission of this organization is to protect biodiversity and the genetic heritage of Long Island’s native plant populations through the creation and application of commercial sources of genetically appropriate local (ecotypic) plant materials in landscaping, restoration, and plant propagation.

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Check the NYFA Calendar. Many Events are Posted.

March 30, 2011

Lots of events are happening this spring so check the NYFA calendar for a walk or talk near you.  CLICK HERE to see the calendar. If you have an event you would like to post send them to

Join a walk to see our beautiful spring flora. Photo Steve Young.

Botany 2011 – July 9-13, St. Louis

March 14, 2011

This is one of the best botanical conferences in the world. For a list of session topics CLICK HERE.

Save the Date: Long Island Pine Barrens Discovery Day Saturday, June 11

March 9, 2011

Learn about the ecology of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens and take part in other educational fun shops, field trips and a kids Discovery Center.  Fun for the whole family.  More information is available at their website.  CLICK HERE to access it.  Rain date June 12th.