Rye's Jay Heritage Center Plans Full Month Of Events

RYE, N.Y. -- After a record-breaking winter and $1.35 million raised to restore the historic Jay Gardens, Jay Heritage Center welcomes spring with a full schedule for the month of April.

Jay Heritage Center will be offering several events in April, including its annual daffodil show.
Jay Heritage Center will be offering several events in April, including its annual daffodil show. Photo Credit: File

The first "Breakfast and A Bite of History," with author and historian Aaron David Miller, will be on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. Miller will discuss and autograph copies of his latest book, "The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (And Doesn't Want) Another Great President." The program is free but registration is required. Come early at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, tea and other morning munchies.

Don't miss seeing the determined green tips of over 5,000 naturalized daffodils as they emerge from their beds along the Post Road entrance and perimeter wall. This mix of deer-resistant Dutch blooms should look sensational -- just in time for the Little Garden Club's Annual Daffodil Show on Thursday, April 16 (should blooms be delayed, the show will be rescheduled). The show is free and open to the public. Hundreds of competitive growers, both adults and children, will fill our sunny yellow Carriage House with prize specimens of narcissus. The show will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

On Saturday, April 18, find out "What Are Invasive Species?" with Dr. Linda Rohleder, head of the Lower Hudson PRISM. This free talk kicks off at 3 p.m. and is a two-part training program that is ideal for educators, gardeners and high-school students seeking community service. Learn how to identify, map and remove the species that pose a threat to native plant populations in all of the state, county and city parks.   Finally, on Saturday, May 2, get out your gardening gloves, rakes and spades and join the "I Love My Park Day," a statewide initiative to clean up and beautify the parks. Families are welcome. Free T-shirts and refreshments will be available. This is a great intergenerational opportunity.

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