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May 9, 2008

Garden Festival 2008 Ready to Blossom

Alumni Invited to Exclusive Reception in the College Gardens

Garden Festival 2007
Farmingdale State's Garden Festival 2007

The Garden Festival-a unique and widely-acclaimed campus tradition-returns again this year, with plans for a special event exclusive to alumni and their friends.

The Garden Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the college's beautiful four-acre Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens. Admission is free.

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.

Visitors are invited to enter Garden Festival 2008 through the wrought-iron garden gates to buy plants and crafts, grab a snack, enjoy an expert-led tour of the magnificent garden, attend workshops and take home new ideas for your own gardens. The plant sale is one of the most popular features. On sale are huge selections of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, small trees and shrubs donated by the most respected growers in the area. Experts will be on hand to help find the right plant for the right spot. In addition, they will diagnose plant problems as well as perform soil pH tests.

At 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 31, alumni are invited to a private Garden Tour guided by Dr. Richard Iversen, followed by an evening "Under the Stars" reception. Tickets for the private Alumni and Friends Garden Tour and "Under the Stars" reception are $25 per person and can be purchased from the Office of Alumni Affairs. Contact Eileen Hasson at 631-420-2369 to obtain tickets and for more information.

The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee's mission is to benefit excellence in the Farmingdale State horticulture curriculum, to provide scholarships for the best and brightest students, to advertise the program and to further the development of the Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens as the very finest in the Northeast, if not the country.