Monday, September 22, 2008
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. I've seen photographers using the grounds for special occasion picture taking. the rose garden in particular provides a beautiful backdrop for their pictures. 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. it's not always easy to find a venue for one's needs, especially for weddings or other large party type events.