By Joseph Caccavale and Joseph Wolkin
Hicks Nurseries is extending the largest plant show on Long Island past its original closure date of March 26.
“Last year, we had a lot of landscaping design, like a lot of what you can do in your own yard,” Karen Musgrave, Marketing and Education Specialist at Hicks Nurseries, said. “The customer feedback was they wanted to see more flowers more out-of-this-world kind of crazy. This year, we went out-of-this-world crazy.”
Now open until April 2, the Westbury business is hosting its 27th annual Spring Flower and Garden Show, hoping to spread their ideology throughout Long Island. Throughout the organization’s lengthy history, being founded in 1853, it goes by the mission statement of “helping gardeners of all abilities grow the plants they love to make their homes and lives more beautiful.”
But the program did not come together overnight.
“It takes a long time and a lot of planning,” Matt Goodstein, a gardener, said. “In fact, they’re planning out what to do for next year. It took us maybe four or five months to get this whole thing together.”
This year’s plant show is no exception to the company’s mission statement as Hicks Nurseries attempts to teach its consumers about global climate change, one of the multiple functions of the exhibit.
“I think people in the last couple of years — and in the last decade — have become more aware of the importance of using more organic controls around their home, maybe growing their own food,” Musgrave said. “They’re taking a more natural look at their life. We are thrilled and happy to help customers with that transition. We love to help them make their home, their food, their pets and their children feel safe.”
With an audience of approximately 75,000 people for this event, Hicks Nurseries is on its way to impacting local families on the island. The plants and flowers the company is selling during the show will hopefully go towards making a better planet, Musgrave said.
The nursery is attempting to raise awareness for global warming as one part of its many functions. Douglas Hammond, a professor at USC and an expert on global warming, says it is unclear how climate change will affect the garden industry on Long Island.
“The one prediction I can make is that a sea level rise from melting continental glaciers may make life on Long Island different and reduce the space for gardens,” Hammond said.
This event is just the start of a greater project by the Long Island plant community to have a positive impact on the plant industry. As the nursery’s plant show concludes, the staff says they will continue to spread awareness of global warming throughout the island.