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Urban Horticulture & Design

Contact Information

Jonathan Lehrer, Chairperson
Thompson 202

 The Sustainable Garden

Urban Horticulture & Design

Welcome to the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design

The Horticulture Technology Management program leading to the Bachelor of Technology degree prepares well-trained graduates qualified for a wide range of managerial positions in the extensive green industry on Long Island and beyond. Laboratory sessions offer hands-on opportunities in our greenhouses and our beautiful and extensive teaching gardens.

The Associate in Applied Science degrees in Ornamental Horticulture offered at Farmingdale State prepare men and women to enter the lucrative, exciting, and rewarding field of horticulture.

Courses are available for those who may already be engaged in or those who are seeking to obtain employment in the field of horticulture. Opportunities for a successful career in the various aspects of horticulture are numerous. Each year, industry requests for highly educated horticultural technicians exceed the number of available graduates.

Students may elect to specialize in the Bachelor of Technology programs, the A.A.S programs or a Horticulture Certificate.

The Gardens at Farmingdale State College

Drawing of Farmingdale Teaching Gardens.


The Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State College are a hidden gem that serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the Department of Ornamental Horticulture. The grounds are also open in season for enjoyment by the greater Long Island community.  The Farmingdale State Ornamental Horticulture teaching gardens consist of over four acres. These gardens were developed beginning in the 1930's by the horticulture students and faculty. Today they continue to be renovated and changed by the students and horticulture faculty under the tutelage of Dr. Garrett Beier.

Please consider purchasing a personalized brick to support the Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens.
Your brick will be installed in the newly designed Garden Gate entryway visible to all who enter. Three tax deductible options are available.  Learn more and to order your permanent tribute.

The Sustainable Garden

Access the Farmingdale State College's Department of Urban Horticulture and Design's Sustainable Garden blog. This website is best viewed utilizing Firefox or Google as your web browser. At this site you can find information about the Sustainable Garden: it's mission, upcoming activities and events, how to become a member and a detailed brochure of the garden.

The Sustainable Garden is now on Instagram. Please stop by often to see the latest and ever-changing images of the garden and to find out about upcoming activities!

Seasonal Garden Hours

The gardens are open to the public from April 1 to November 1 daily from 9am - 6pm.
Please DO NOT bring pets into the garden and DO NOT hold picnics or sporting activities.
Please be respectful of the plantings and do not pick flowers, take pieces of plants or otherwise disturb the gardens.

Wedding Photos in the Gardens

You MUST secure permission and an appointment before taking pictures. A nominal fee is charged. For information about wedding photos, please contact the Farmingdale State College Use of Facilities Coordinator at 631-420-2496 or uof@farmingdale.edu. View brochure.

Sponsored by The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee.