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July 2, 2006

Farmingdale State's 2006 Garden Festival A Growing Success


Farmingdale State's Teaching Gardens and Conservatory
Farmingdale State's Teaching Gardens and Conservatory

Farmingdale State University of New York's 2006 Garden Festival was a fun, family event that provided a blend of education and entertainment to satisfy all ages. Garden Festival 2006 was a celebration of all that is or can be beautiful in one's own garden. Visitors were inspired, refreshed and educated in the tranquil settings.

Horticulture is a billion dollar industry on Long Island, employing hundreds of people, many of whom are Farmingdale State graduates. Since the 1930s, students of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture have been developing the four-acre teaching gardens on campus. The Teaching Gardens are a series of themed gardens or "garden rooms," which offer visitors a place of quiet dignity and exquisite beauty.

At the Festival, visitors moved freely through the College's Teaching Gardens including the Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Annual and Perennial Gardens, Tropical Garden with its reflecting pool and the Conservatory Garden.

One of the best features of the Garden Festival was the plant sale. A huge selection of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and small trees and shrubs from the most respected growers in the area were on sale. There were experts on hand to make certain shoppers found the right plant for the right spot. Highly skilled artisans and vendors were selling pottery, jewelry, photographs, woodwork, fine art and more. Guests enjoyed live music as they strolled through the gardens shopped and dined al-fresco.