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Quality Gardening In New Hyde Park

Eagle Nurseries at 225 Jericho Tpke. is all about quality.  It is owned and run by brothers Rich and Mike Scordo, who are both certified horticulturists and have been operating and running their full-service garden center for 15 years.

 

The Scordos started out as young kids cutting grass with their mother’s lawnmower. As middle school and high school passed, they both went on to receive their degrees in landscape design from SUNY Farmingdale.

 

“You can go anywhere and maybe find a bag of topsoil for a dollar cheaper, but we load your car,” said Mike.

 

Not only do they provide services, but Eagle also points people in the right direction in the garden. They give customers proper gardening advice from what and where to plant and what and when to apply.

 

“We are trying to bring in higher-end materials like quality trellises and ironwork as opposed to plastic,” Mike said. “We go with better quality for our great clientele.”

 

The garden center offers various types of plants including annuals, perennials, flowering trees, and ornamental plants such as fastigiate and evergreen trees. Their biggest sellers are fruit trees and privacy screeners.

 

“Everybody in New Hyde Park wants privacy,” Mike joked. “Nobody wants to see their neighbors apparently.”

 

They work on landscape design, building and maintenance. Eagle Nurseries also has crews handling full-service weekly landscaping maintenance as well.

 

Besides a garden center and landscape services, Eagle Nurseries offers a propane refill station, which is not very common. Most businesses can only exchange tanks. “People are able to keep their own tank here,” Mike said. “If you bring your tank, we will fill your tank up right on site.” 

 

The garden center has something new for every holiday. Their biggest holiday is Mother’s Day, which Scordo described as their Super Bowl. It jump-starts the barbecue season as well as the planting season.

 

During Christmastime, they offer handmade and hand-decorated wreathes. T“Always doing business straight enabled us to get to where we are today,” Mike said. “There is absolutely education and knowledge involved. That also helps us stand out.” The garden center also does work with local schools by supplying flowers for plant sales. 

 

For the past two years, Eagle has been hosting a Fall Festival the weekend before Halloween. This event has become increasingly popular. The festival has attractions such a petting zoo, DJ, bouncy house, popcorn and cotton candy.


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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