New York Institute of Technology Sustainable Landscape Design Blossoms Into New Nationally Registered Arboretum
Old Westbury, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2007: With its new nationally registered arboretum, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is now a member of the American Public Gardens Association, a professional organization that supports the public horticulture community and is committed to the display, education, research, and plant conservation of public gardens throughout North America.
The arboretum, part of the NYIT Old Westbury, N.Y., campus, displays a collection of trees and a variety of annual and perennial plants that are native to Long Island. Last spring, nearly 30 new species of trees, shrubs, flowering plants, groundcovers, and ferns were added to enhance existing vegetation on either side of a pathway that connects the academic quad and Gerry Hall, which houses NYIT’s Office of Admissions. Infrastructure upgrades included the installation of benches, horticultural signage, and walkway improvements. The start of NYIT’s Path of Achievement, a pathway of personalized engraved bricks commemorating loved ones and accomplishments, runs along the east side of the arboretum.New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino was instrumental in sponsoring and securing a $150,000 grant that was administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to NYIT to help fund the landscaping project.
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