Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. L-R, student 'BADGER' and Prof. BRET BENNINGTON take quick break for photo at 'EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Student Garden at Stuyvesant Hall in Hofstra University.

Hofstra Earth Day 2022: getting down & a bit dirty

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 22, 2022

Planting a native pollinator garden  (after a few years, it doesn’t need watering!)

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, Professor BRET BENNINGTON, extreme right, poses with students during 'EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden.'(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. Professor BRET BENNINGTON, extreme right, poses with students during ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University.(© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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Though I have bird feeders and don’t use pesticides in my yard, I want to make it more hospitable and inviting to birds, squirrels, butterflies… and help Long Island’s ecology.

So I was excited to cover the hands-on event “EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden” that BRET BENNINGTON, Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, presented at the Student Garden at Stuyvesant Hall, Hofstra University.

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, students shovel mulch to add to prepare garden beds during 'EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden.' (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, students shovel mulch to add to prepare garden beds during ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden.’ (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra undergrad and grad students planted the university’s first native pollinator garden with species grown from seed by Hofstra students in a greenhouse on the rooftop of Gittleson Hall.

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging into soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging into soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: ‘Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging soil to loosen it, and then covering the soil with newspapers, and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging into soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging into soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then covering the newspapers with mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students students plant native pollinator plants in prepared garden bed. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers, and then mulch. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students plant native pollinator plants in prepared garden bed. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden' at Hofstra University, students prepare garden beds by digging into soil to loosen it, and then covering it with newspapers and then mulch.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Hofstra University, students students plant native pollinator plants in prepared garden bed. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, NY, U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, Prof. BRET BENNINGTON has EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, students and Prof. BRET BENNINGTON (in red and black vest) plant garden during EARTH DAY: ‘Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden.’ (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)  related image

Hofstra Earth Day

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. During Prof. Bret Bennington’s ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden,’ Nodding Pink Onions are among the perennials planted in Hofstra’s first native pollinator garden with species grown from seed by students in the greenhouse on rooftop of Gittleson Hall. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. During ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden,’ Nodding Pink Onions are among the perennials planted in Hofstra’s first native pollinator garden. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Rooftop Greenhouse at Gittleson Hall

Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, BRET BENNINGTON and GAIL BENNINGTON tend plants in the West Greenhouse on the rooftop of Gittleson Hall at Hofstra University.

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, L-R, Prof. BRET BENNINGTON and instructor GAIL BENNINGTON tend plants in the West Greenhouse on rooftop of Gittleson Hall. (© 2022 Ann Parry)   greenhouse image

GAIL BENNINGTON, Adjunct Instructor of Geology, Environment, & Sustainability, assisted during the garden planting.

After the event, I went to GIttleson Hall where she showed me the rooftop greenhouse…  and a timeless pair of sneakers (see end of post).

Long Island Native Plant Initiative

Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, BRET BENNINGTON and GAIL BENNINGTON tend plants in the West Greenhouse on the rooftop of Gittleson Hall at Hofstra University.

Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. At Hofstra University, L-R, Professor BRET BENNINGTON and ANTHONY MARINELLO, Secretary of Long Island Native Plant Initiative, talk during ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden.’ (© 2022 Ann Parry)

ANTHONY MARINELLO, the Secretary of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) and owner of Dropseed Native Landscapes Native Plant Nursery, was at the planting.

At an Earth Day event earlier that afternoon, Marinello explained why planting native plants in gardens is so important for protecting the ecology of Long Island.” [from Hofstra site]

If you’re interested – like I am – in learning the benefits of planting a native plant garden, and how to do it, LINPI’s site is a helpful resource:

• Long Island Native Plant Initiative:  linpi.org  plant fact sheets


Feature Photo at top of post: Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. L-R, student ‘BADGER’ and Prof. BRET BENNINGTON take quick break from planting to pose during ‘EARTH DAY: Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden’ at Student Garden at Hofstra University.


Hofstra Earth Day 2022: my PHOTO GALLERY

Hofstra University:  hofstra.edu •  Environment & Sustainability 

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Hempstead, N.Y., U.S. April 18, 2022. Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. GAIL BENNINGTON holds up sneaker, with illustration of Charles Darwin and a giant tortoise at the Galápagos archipelago, that Prof. Bret Bennington received as gift. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Hempstead, New York, U.S. April 18, 2022. Adjunct Instructor GAIL BENNINGTON holds up a sneaker – with illustration of Charles Darwin and a giant tortoise at the Galápagos archipelago – from pair Prof. Bret Bennington received as a gift. (© 2022 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Manhasset, New York, U.S. Manhasset, New York, U.S. Manhasset, New York, U.S. BOB STUHMER looks at "Silver Dawn" - an oil and metallic pigment painting by LINDA LOUIS - at The Art Guild reception and awards ceremony for its Escape: Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes Juried Exhibition & Competition.

The Art Guild’s Great Escape

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 14, 2022

EscapeThe Art Guild
Exhibit: April 10 – April 30, 2022
200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset

The Art Guild’s Escape: Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. April 10, 2022. The Art Guild’s Escape Award Ceremony.

(above photo) At center, NED PUCHNER, the Juror of Awards, poses with winners, l-r: JANA SHEINKER, “West” Honorable Mention • ANNE SIEFERT, “Meadow Clover” Honorable Mention • LYNDA SCHWARTZ, “River Runs Thru It” Second Place • DENIS PONSOT, “Kuerner Farm, PA” First Place • HOWARD ROSE, “Sagaponic Pond” Third Place • BARI FAGIN, “Evolution” Honorable Mention – at The Art Guild’s Escape reception.


The Art Guild’s Escape Awards Ceremony and Reception offered a varied, inspiring collection of art, which was no surprise. 

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Manhasset, New York, U.S. L-R, Co-Presidents SHELLEY HOLTZMAN and ILENE SILBERSTEIN, and Juror of Awards NED PUCHNER, chat at The Art Guild reception and awards ceremony for its Escape: Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes Juried Exhibition & Competition. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

EDWARD “NED” PUCHNER, the Juror of Awards, is the Executive Director of Gallery North in East Setaucket. He earned his PhD. in art history from Indiana University (where my younger brother John earned his advanced degree and worked.)

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. April 10, 2022. BOB STUHMER poses next to his Jack and the Beanstalk illustration at The Art Guild reception for its Escape exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

It was the first event I used my Nikkor Z 24-100mm f/4 S lens with the Nikon Z9 to capture photos. When I saw fellow photographer STEVE SILBERSTEIN, who also uses a Nikon Z9, we heartily agreed the mirrorless camera’s focus is amazing. 

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Manhasset, N.Y., U.S. April 10, 2022. Visitor leaves the historic Elderfields House, also known as the Hewlett-Munson-Williams House, after The Art Guild reception for its Escape exhibit. (© 2022 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Though I didn’t take many photos that afternoon, the camera and lens combo was a solid fit for the occasion, which also was no surprise.


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, N.Y, U.S. April 10, 2022. BOB STUHMER looks at “Silver Dawn” – an oil and metallic pigment painting by LINDA LOUIS – at The Art Guild reception for its Escape Juried Exhibition & Competition.


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The Art Guild: theartguild.org

• Linda Louis: lindalouisart.comfamlyofhumans.com

• Denis Ponsot: denisponsot.com 

• Howard Rose: howardroseart.com 

• Lynda Schwartz: lyndaschwartzartist.com 

• Jana Sheinker: janasheinker.com 

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