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Children’s Garden in Suffolk to hold benefit party at farm

Kids harvest beans from the bean teepee at

Kids harvest beans from the bean teepee at the Children's Garden, where a party will raise funds for the creation of a junior master gardeners class. Credit: Children’s Garden at Suffolk County Farm

A party July 14 at the Children’s Garden at Suffolk County Farm will raise funds for ongoing improvements at the day camp held at the two-decade-old Yaphank environmental education center.

The hope is that ticket profits at the Midsummer Eve Garden Party will foot the bill for projects such as starting a junior master gardener program, installing weatherproof interpretive signs and creating pathways through wooded areas of the half-acre property, says Robin Simmen, community horticulture specialist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, which runs the farm.

Over the past two years, volunteer master gardeners have made improvements such as raising flower beds, planting a new hummingbird garden and refurbishing the compost system with about $20,000 in donations made in kind by local businesses, Simmen says.

The donors will be honored at the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

The day camp runs on Wednesday mornings for eight weeks and serves children ages 5 to 12. The cost is $70 per child and $30 for any additional children in a family. The farm is located at 350 Yaphank Ave.

Order tickets for the party at ccesuffolk.org or by calling Sarah Osborn at 631-727-7850, ext. 207.

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