It's time for the Farmingdale State College Garden Festival! The free weekend event runs June 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- rain or shine -- in the campus' 4-acre ornamental horticulture teaching gardens. You'll be able to stroll themed gardens created by students in the 1930s and maintained to this day by students and faculty. There will be workshops on container gardening, rose gardening, shade gardening and houseplants, soil testing services, low-cost plants available for purchase.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to take a tour led by Dr. Richard Iversen, who alone should be worth the trip. He showed me around the gardens when I was in master gardener school, and I'm still in awe of the man's seemingly endless, detailed knowledge and enthusiasm. He's simply brilliant -- and engaging.

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Members of specialty organizations, like the Mid-Island Dahlia Soicety, Sweetbriar Nature Center and Long Island Horticultural Society, among others, will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice, too.

I can't think of a better way to spend a couple of hours.