Teaching Gardens Dedicated to Horticulturist Robert F. Ench ’60
April 25, 2016
Robert F. Ench ’60, a nationally recognized leader in horticulture, has been honored by FSC for his loyalty, generosity and service to the college with the dedication of the Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens in his name.
Said President Keen at the naming ceremony: “Robert Ench is a part of the fabric of this college. The gardens and our horticulture students have benefitted mightily from his generosity. Bob is a prime example of how hard work, education and ingenuity enable a person to become a successful entrepreneur.”
Visitors to the gardens will now be informed through a plaque affixed to the brick post at the main garden entrance that they are entering the Robert F. Ench Teaching Gardens.
Over the years Ench has served the College in several high-profile capacities: as president of the Alumni Association, and as a member of the College Council, the Farmingdale College Foundation, and the Horticulture Committee. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York. In 1983, he received the highest honor Farmingdale State can bestow, the Ram’s Horn Award.
Today, Ench is President and Chairman of the Board of Hopewell Nursery in Bridgeton, New Jersey, an operation encompassing more than 2,000 acres.