Bob Ench '60
Dr. Robert Ench is a 1960 graduate of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture, who has become a nationally recognized leader in the horticulture industry.
Shortly after graduating from Farmingdale's horticulture program, he grew a local garden center, Flower Time, to encompass a chain of 38 retail centers. Dr. Ench then became chairman of an operation that incorporated 250 stores across the nation, including Frank's Nursery.
Dr. Ench has been exceptionally loyal to his alma mater, through fundraising efforts; service on the College Council, Foundation, and Alumni Association; and as an adviser to several College presidents. He has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for the Urban Horticulture Department, co-founding the Horticulture Committee and donating plant material annually from his company’s nursery. He was also instrumental in saving the department in the early 1990s.
A leader in the field of sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes, he was selected to work in Washington D.C. with Lady Bird Johnson on a number of beautification projects. Furthermore, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
As the president and owner of Hopewell Nursery, he continues his success, even in retirement, supplying nursery stock from Maine to Virginia.
The Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens at FSC have been named in his honor.