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Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens

Welcome to the Farmingdale State College, Department of Urban Horticulture & Design Teaching Gardens. In an area greater than 4 acres a series of theme gardens, or 'garden rooms', have developed since the 1930's. They have evolved under the tutelage of past and present horticulture faculty, often in combination with student designs. As part of their course requirements, students have laid out beds and borders, dug and prepared soil, planted and pruned, and removed countless undesirable weeds. Since 1995 the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee has financially supported Summer Garden Interns to help maintain the garden.

Enter the Teaching Gardens through the wrought iron gates. Stroll down the long axial walkway that stretches before you. You'll pass the Annual Beds, the Rose Garden, and enter into the Beech Hedge Garden, now a Gray or 'Ghost Garden.' Or, walk to your left into the Dwarf Conifer Collection, or to your right, behind the grove of weeping Higan cherries (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula') into the Joan Bisset Memorial Garden.   

  • The Annual Beds
  • The Grass Garden
  • The Rose Garden
  • The Beech Hedge Garden
  • The Herb Garden
  • The Tropical Garden
  • The Conservatory Garden
  • The Loretta Chiarenza Memorial
  • The Spring Garden Walk
  • The Perennial Garden
  • The Peters' Garden

View our Teaching Gardens Guide 

Visiting the Gardens In Person:

The gardens are open to the public from April 1 to November 1 daily from 9am - 6pm.

Support the Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens

Learn how you can purchase an engraved brick that will be installed at the garden entrance! 

Please respect our gardens! No pets or sporting activities (including bikes, skates and skateboards). Do not pick or remove any plant material. Keep children under control. Thank you! 
For wedding photos, which require permission and a nominal fee, please contact the Farmingdale State College Use of Facilities Coordinator at 934-420-2496 or uof@farmingdale.edu. View brochure