Monday, September 22, 2008

rose garden



























farmingdale state college's department of ornamental horticulture prides itself on being the top school for study in the northeast. while riding my bike around campus, I found this teaching garden quite accidentally. it actually seemed like a genuine secret garden. I knew a garden existed on the campus but I hadn't been there in years and never knew there was another entrance. also, I remembered the roses, but I didn't remember seeing the abundance of other separate distinct gardens. as I continued to follow the different paths, I found little rooms with a wide variety of beautiful lush plantings. ever since my discovery, I make sure to include a visit back to the gardens whenever I am out and about riding my bicycle with my son, who especially loves the reflecting pool garden. a separate 'room' by itself, the pool includes two benches on either end of it where people can relax in the shade or pose for pictures. 

13 comments:

Ming the Merciless said...

I prefer the non-hybridized roses that actually smells great instead of the big red ones at the grocery stores.

Pietro said...

Beautiful composition. What a nice stroll I'd take there!

Lily Hydrangea said...

You are so right Ming. As you walk by them, the air is filled with their fragrance. I was all like, let's walk by the roses again.

Thanks Pietro.
; )

bobbie said...

Very beautiful. And I love the Herb Garden.

Morty said...

You should try to make it a point to visit the campus of Hofstra in April. May and check out the tulips. They hold an official dutch festival at that time of year as well.

Alida Thorpe said...

Rose gardens are beautiful!

The few times I've grown roses, I've been met with disappointment. They need so much care. In addition to fertilizer and pruning, they need the correct amount of water and attention must be paid to insect damage and fungi!
I gave up!
Alida (Long Island Woman)

luvmyboys said...

They're beautiful!

The gardens are open to the public? I'd love to go there and take a stroll.

tr3nta said...

Really nice in Madrid there are 2 beautiful Rose gardens... I love to go there on spring when blooms start to blow...

This one is in the Retiro Park.

http://madridailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/la-rosaleda-del-retiro.html

ken mac said...

i wonder what else is hidden around there? :)

Paz said...

Beautiful garden.

Paz

• Eliane • said...

I'm with Ming - I hate the hybrid roses, too strict/formal. I like the old ones, the English Roses and the floribundas, much more interesting to me. However, many modern hybrid roses are fragrant. The cheap ones you buy at the deli usually are not, but there are many varieties which are.
This sounds like a great place to visit. Have you ever been the the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx? They too, claim they are the nation's best horticultural faculty. But most of all, you can spend a really great day in the different gardens and the oldest forest in NY.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Hi everyone! thanks for all the neat comments. I'll have to find out if this garden is open to the public. I may have snuck in... accidentally.
& I think I better check out the NY Botanical Garden. I had no idea there was such an old forest there--Thanks Eliane.
& thanks for the tip Morty.

Anonymous said...

c'mon, I've lived in Fdale for 48 years, ridden my bike through the college, driven through... my mom took us as kids to see the cows and other farm animals when it was the "Aggie School"... who knew they had a secret garden.

did you know they had a cabin way up the hill ... I don't even recall how we got up there, went to a party up there back in 1975. wonder if that is still there.

anyway, thanks for this post, I am definitely going to check this out in the next couple of weeks.

fellow Fdaler