Urban Horticulture & Design at FSC

Welcome to the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design!

The history of the horticulture program at Farmingdale State College dates to the founding of the institution as an agriculture school over 100 years ago. Long Island’s agricultural roots have been masked by suburban sprawl and our local area is now best viewed as an extension of New York City complete with the challenges and opportunities endemic to urban landscapes. The department no longer views horticulture as a movement based solely on aesthetic improvement. The true challenge is to marry the discipline with contemporary trials faced by urban areas such as limited resources, environmental degradation, paucity of locally grown food and the difficulty of beautifying a complex environment while improving the lives of its residents.

Academic Programs:

Students may elect to specialize in the Bachelor of Technology programs, the A.A.S programs or a Horticulture Certificate.

The Horticulture Technology Management program leading to the Bachelor of Technology degree prepares well-trained graduates qualified for a wide range of managerial positions in the extensive green industry on Long Island and beyond. Laboratory sessions offer hands-on opportunities in our greenhouses and our beautiful and extensive teaching gardens.

The Associate in Applied Science degrees in Ornamental Horticulture offered at Farmingdale State prepare men and women to enter the lucrative, exciting, and rewarding field of horticulture.

Courses are available for those who may already be engaged in or those who are seeking to obtain employment in the field of horticulture. Opportunities for a successful career in the various aspects of horticulture are numerous. Each year, industry requests for highly educated horticultural technicians exceed the number of available graduates.

The Gardens at Farmingdale State College

The Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State College are a hidden gem that serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design. The grounds are also open in season for enjoyment by the greater Long Island community.

The Farmingdale State Urban Horticulture & Design teaching gardens consist of over four acres. These gardens were developed beginning in the 1930’s by the horticulture students and faculty. Today they continue to be renovated and changed by the students and horticulture faculty under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Iversen.

Seasonal Garden Hours

Everyday 8AM to 8PM during the growing season (generally April to November).
Please DO NOT bring pets into the garden and DO NOT hold picnics or sporting activities.
Please be respectful of the plantings and do not pick flowers, take pieces of plants or otherwise disturb the gardens.

Wedding Photos in the Gardens

You MUST secure permission and an appointment before taking pictures. A nominal fee is charged. For information about wedding photos, please contact the Farmingdale State College Use of Facilities Coordinator at 631-420-2496 or uof@farmingdale.edu. View the brochure – PDF.

Sponsored by The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee

For more information, contact Michael Veracka, MLA, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, Farmingdale State College, (631) 420-2113.  For further information about the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, go to www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.