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May 15, 2010

Event is Free and Open to the Public

The Garden Festival—a widely-acclaimed campus tradition—will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and June 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Farmingdale State College's beautiful four-acre Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens. Admission is free and open to the public.

Visitors to the Garden Festival will enter through wrought iron gates, crossing the threshold into “garden rooms.” These themed gardens have been cultivated since the 1930s by students and faculty of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture, offering places of quiet dignity and exquisite beauty.

The Garden Festival 2010 will include:

  • A special variety of plants at low cost for purchase. Knowledgeable faculty and staff will help buyers select plants. Food, arts and crafts will also be available.Proceeds from sales are used to fund student scholarships and to maintain the gardens.
  • Workshops from regional experts on container gardening, basics of rose gardening, shade gardening, and house plants used in outdoor landscapes.
  • Opportunities to conduct soil testing and to ask questions of leading horticulturists, including master gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators. Farmingdale State College professors will help solve gardening landscape design concerns.
  • Tours led by experts, including Farmingdale State’s own Dr. Richard Iversen, a 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.

Download the Farmingdale State Garden Festival 2010 Flyer (pdf,1.5mb).