Fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees, which is why Farmingdale State College -- which has the premier horticultural educational program in our area -- hosts an annual garden festival in September.
Visit the campus on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tour the ornamental horticultural teaching gardens with horticulture professors, who also will be on hand -- along with other experts, including master gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County -- to answer your gardening and design questions.
And if you need a plant identified, or have a question about plant disease or insects, bring a sample, and master gardeners will take a look. If you need soil tested for pH levels bring about a cup of dry soil in a bag.
Workshops and lectures will be held throughout the day, and plants will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting maintenance of the gardens.
Admission, tours, advice and workshops are free. Lectures will be held in the greenhouse. Check the itinerary below to plan your visit:
10 a.m. -- Trees. Best trees for suburban sites, with Julie Seghrouchni, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau experts.
11 a.m. -- Flowering bulbs. Bringing back bulbs in the landscape, with Peter Zangel, Bissett Nursery.
Noon -- Good bugs, bad bugs. Beneficial insects vs. pests, with Dr. Gary Brown, Farmingdale State College.
1 p.m. -- Fall lawn care. The best time to renovate, with Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau and Farmingdale State College experts.
For further information, call 631-420-2075 or 631-420-2113 or visit farmingdale.edu/horticulture.