Educational Conferences: sponsored by the Sustainable Garden at Farmingdale State College
Flower Power: Growing and Designing With Flowers for All Seasons – March 25, 2015. This daylong event, the 5th annual educational field day within the Sustainable Garden, showcased our department’s commitment to Long Island’s influential floriculture and landscape industry. Presentations within this conference examined why locally grown flowers historically fell out of favor; why the growth of international flower markets dominates the industry; and what opportunities exist for the local production and marketing of flowers. The conference featured an array of regional and national speakers who are experts in their chosen fields: growers and farmers, floral and landscape designers, marketers and entrepreneurs, scientists and historians.
“Waste Not Want Not,” April 12, 2014. This 4th annual educational field day event within the Sustainable Garden incorporated an art gallery and 4 lecture presentations featuring renowned speakers discussing sustainable landscape design and horticultural topics and the restoration of historic campus buildings, and a fundraising plant sale.
“Products from the Garden,” April 13, 2013. This 3rd annual educational field day event within the Sustainable Garden included a lecture/workshop program incorporating 7 presentations featuring renowned speakers lecturing on a variety of sustainable landscape design and horticultural topics focusing on product harvesting and development, and a fundraising plant sale.
“Bamboo: Every Plant Has Its Rightful Place,” October 19, 2012, Little Theater, Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale State College. This daylong conference brought together growers, designers, legislators and property owners to discuss the ongoing controversy of bamboo plantings within Long Island communities.
“Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape,” April 20, 2012. This 2nd annual educational field day within the Sustainable Garden included a lecture/workshop program featuring renowned speakers lecturing on a variety of sustainable edible design and horticultural topics, and a fundraising plant sale.
“Sustainable Garden Opening,” April 9, 2011. This display unveiled the site design plan of the one half acre demonstration garden for public display at the Department Teaching Gardens. The construction of a rustic timber kiosk served as an art gallery with interpretative educational display boards depicting the mission, components, and implementation plan for the garden; as part of the exhibit a ‘Japanese-inspired’ garden gate entryway was unveiled. The exhibit also featured a lecture/workshop program incorporating 6 presentations by recognized industry experts on a variety of sustainable landscape design and horticultural topics, and a fundraising plant sale.