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March 30, 2009

Alumni & Friends Invited to Exclusive Pre-Garden Festival Reception

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Farmingdale State Garden Festival
The Garden Festival—a 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 30 and May 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at the college's beautiful four-acre Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens. Admission is free.

Visitors to the Garden Festival are invited to enter through the wrought iron gates to enter the "garden rooms" or themed gardens that have been cultivated since the 1930s by the students and faculty of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture to offer places of quiet dignity and exquisite beauty.
The Garden Festival 2009 will include:

  • A special selection of plants at low cost will be available for purchase.  And knowledgeable faculty and staff will help each buyer select the right plants for your use Music, crafts, food will also be available. Proceeds from plant sales are used to fund student scholarships and to maintain the gardens.
  • Experts from throughout the region will offer workshops both days on topics such as container gardening, basics of rose gardening, shade gardening, and how to use house plants in the outdoor landscape.
  • Leading horticulturists including master gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators will answer questions as well as conduct soil pH testing. Farmingdale State College professors will help to solve gardening landscape design concerns.
  • Expert-led tours will be offering on both days, including Farmingdale State's own Dr. Richard Iversen, well-known horticulturist and author.

Many non-profit organizations will be available to answer questions and offer advice, including: Mid-Island Dahlia Society, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Friends of Hempstead Plains and the Long Island Horticultural Society.

At 5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 29, visitors are invited to the Alumni Garden Tour & Reception. The event will be hosted by the Alumni Association and will feature tours given by horticulture Professor Dr. Iversen, and department Chair Dr. Gary Brown. A plant pre-sale will include selections of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, small trees, and shrubs. The reception will include music, food, and wine. Tickets for the private Alumni and Friends Garden Tour and reception are $30 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.