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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Thia Hatchet with her award-winning flower design.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Thia Hatchet with her award-winning flower design.

The Garden Club of Shelter Island celebrated over 20 years of Daffodil Shows on April 22 with a spectacular assembly of blooms at Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center. The show was adjudicated by nine American Daffodil Society judges from around the country.


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COURTESY PHOTO  |  The Slocan Ramblers will perform a living room concert at Sylvester Manor on Saturday, April 22.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Slocan Ramblers will perform a living room concert at Sylvester Manor on Saturday, April 22.


The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. The group performs two shows in Sylvester Manor’s Living Room on Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Rooted in bluegrass tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, the Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. They have built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

Tickets are $25. To reserve, visit sylvestermanor.org. (more…)

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Karen Brush, second vice president of the Garden Club of Shelter Island announced on April 8: “The Garden Club of Shelter Island has regretfully cancelled our Daffodil Show at the Ram’s Head on Saturday, April 18 due to the severity of the winter and dearth of flowers or even buds. We are exploring having a Daffodil Exhibition at a later date.

“The Garden Club welcomes new members interested in any or all aspects of gardening, conservation, horticulture and flower arranging and design. Come to a program and learn more. Our next public lecture will be on Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging  on Wednesday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. at St Mary’s Parish Hall. The program is free.”

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COURTESY ESTHER HUNT | Esther Hunt’s daffodils blooming in her waterfront garden a few Aprils ago.

The Garden Club of Shelter Island invites the community to enjoy its 12th Daffodil Show — the only Daffodil Show on Long Island — at the Ram’s Head Inn on Saturday, April 16 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Daffodil displays, created by Garden Club members and inspired by William Wordsworth’s poem, “Ode to Daffodils,” will fill all three downstairs rooms at the inn. During the show a formal tea will be served, including several varieties of tea, lavender scones, assorted tea sandwiches and truffles. Everything is included in the $20 per person admission fee.

This is a judged show, approved by the American Daffodil Society. The show’s founder was the late Alice Fiske of Sylvester Manor, who was affectionately known to club members and the community as “the Daffodil Lady.”

Among the profusion of daffodils filling the inn will be formal arrangements of three varieties — table settings, small designs and dramatic designs — all inspired by quotations from Wordsworth’s famous poem.

The Youth Division of the Garden Club will have its own exhibit, also with a poetic theme.

Amateur growers on the Island are invited to exhibit in a special
Horticultural Section. Bring your entries to the Ram’s Head the day before the show, Friday, April 15, between 2 and 6 p.m. and Garden Club members will be on hand to help you with the entry forms.

Get some hints on daffodil arrangements next Wednesday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Hall when Lissa Williamson, a National Garden Club judge, will demonstrate “tricks of the trade” in her talk, “How Your Daffodils Can Steal the Show.” Garden Club members will benefit from watching her create arrangements and those exhibiting in the Horticultural Section will learn how to groom and stage their entries.

For more information about how to enter your own daffodils, call Carole Reed (749-1656) or Dianne Bowditch (749-7849).

Islanders who want to create their own field of daffodils next spring can get a head start at the show, too. Garden Club members will help you order bulbs that will produce any of the daffodils you’ve seen during the afternoon. Place your order on the spot and it will arrive in time for fall planting.

Three Island restaurants — the Chequit in the Heights, the Dory on Bridge Street and Kyle’s on Route 114 in the Center — have gotten into the spring spirit with a special prix-fixe Daffodil Brunch from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on the day of the show, April 16.

As Garden Club member Hilary King wrote about this event, “… do come, invite a friend … it’s a lovely way to celebrate spring that’s here at last!”