Looking to get outside this weekend? Farmingdale State College's Ornamental Horticulture Department has your back, as it's holding its third Educational Field Day and Open House Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The teaching gardens on the campus, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., will be open all day. There will be plant sales (and a raffle), plus lectures, workshops, garden tours (which I personally recommend) and local, sustainable food for sale. Spencer and the Elders will provide lunch-hour music at 12:30 p.m.
Scheduled speakers include Travis Beck, of The New York Botanical Garden; Alice Wise, of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County; and Ken Greene, of the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Accord, N.Y.
Learn how to grow grapes, make your own compost-tea brewer, select and save local seeds, and create a landscape.
Your $10 admission fee will be used to benefit the gardens, which are planted and maintained by staff and students of the school's horticulture program.