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June 21, 2007

2007 Garden Festival, A Huge Success

Guests Explore the Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State Garden Festival 2007
Guests Explore the Teaching Gardens
at Farmingdale State Garden Festival 2007
Farmingdale State College's 2007 Garden Festival sponsored by the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee was as big a success as the first in 2006. The beauty and serenity of ornamental trees and the colorful flowers were enjoyed as almost 6,000 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 . Visitors were inspired, refreshed and educated in the tranquil settings. Expert-led tours of the gardens were a popular feature. The Festival provided a perfect blend of education and entertainment to satisfy all ages.

The Garden Festival's plant sale was one of the most popular features, just as it was last year. On sale was a huge selection of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, small trees, shrubs and house plants donated by the most respected growers in the area. There were experts on hand to make that shoppers found the right plant for the right spot. Experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension were on hand to provide lectures and diagnose plant problems as well as perform soil pH tests. Guests enjoyed live bluegrass music, provided by Farmingdale State College's own Wayne Krush of the Department of Visual Communications and his band, as they strolled through the gardens, shopped and dined al-fresco.

Horticulture is a billion dollar industry on Long Island, and many leaders of that industry are Farmingdale State College 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.

The Garden Festival was sponsored by the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee, chaired by Maria Cinque , with corporate sponsors, Bartlett Tree Expert Company , Gutter Helmet and Dimension 2 Associates - Automatic Lawn Sprinklers .

Proceeds from the Garden Festival are used to fund student scholarships and maintain the gardens. The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee's mission is to promote 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 Horticulture Teaching Gardens as the very finest in the Northeast if not the country.

For additional information about the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee, please call 934-420-2075.