The Department of Urban Horticulture & Design has deep roots in the Farmingdale State College history as it dates back over 100 years ago when the institution opened its doors as an agriculture school.

The department has a unique way of blending core traditional techniques with the latest cutting-edge technology. There are three degree options for people who are passionate about soil and seed, blooming flowers, and creative landscapes. Growing strong roots in the green industry on Long Island begins here.

Get Your Hands Dirty

All horticulture students have the privilege to not only walk through the wrought iron gates to our hidden gem — the Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens, but they develop their skills and maintain our spectacular 4+ acres of theme gardens. As part of their course requirements, students have laid out beds and borders, dug and prepared soil, planted and pruned, transferred plants, and removed countless undesirable weeds.

Another great opportunity for students to expand their experience outside of the classroom is by joining the Horticulture Club.

Real Life Connections

Over the years, the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design has developed FSC as the go-to place for the local horticulture industry for interns and employees. The department encourage students to visit the main office to view the listings of these opportunities.

Dramatic gates to the horticulture gardens with tall green plants and colorful flowers in the distance.

Photos in the Gardens

Wedding Photos at FSC

Imaging your wedding photos set against a backdrop of beauty! You MUST secure permission and an appointment before taking pictures. A nominal fee is charged. To reserve your date, contact our Facilities Office.

Urban horticulture & design Department

Thompson Hall, Room 202
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm


Jonathan Lehrer


Filomena Viti
Office Assistant 1 (Keyboarding)