Hofstra will celebrate its Dutch roots on Sunday, May 7 with information sessions and public tours of its nationally-recognized arboretum.
In the height of the Tulip bloom, Director of Grounds and Landscaping Fred Soviero and Landscape Designer and Assistant Curator Patrice Dimino will explore and present information on Hofstra’s arboretum. Programming on May 7 is free but registration is required.
Tours and lectures include:
- 12 p.m. Arboretum & Sculpture Tour – now full, no longer taking RSVPs
- 12 p.m. Landscape Design Lecture
- 3 p.m. Arboretum & Sculpture Tour
- 3 p.m. Landscape Design Lecture
“The lectures are centered around the tulip bulb and how we have come to use them on campus,” said Soviero. “There is an interplay of the tulips with our trees and shrubs that will, hopefully, give you the full experience. I’d like to think we are making our Dutch heritage proud.”
Soviero oversees the care and maintenance of the gardens across the 240-acre campus. His dedication and contribution to the arboriculture industry earned him the 2016 President’s Award from the New York State Arborists (NYSA). Dimino’s design contributions to the university include various landscapes that range from beautification projects, memorial gardens as well as the annual campus-wide spring display of bulbs in honor of the university’s Dutch history.
Parent and Family Programs, in collaboration with the Hofstra University Museum and the Grounds Department, will also host The Tulip Tour & Tea on May 7. Parents and families of Hofstra students are invited to attend all public programming, in addition to enjoy a variety of teas and sweets while attending a photographic history of Hofstra lecture by Geri Solomon, Assistant Dean for Special Collections. This event is free for Hofstra students and $10 per family member. Registration is required.
One of only 430 arboreta in the United States, Hofstra’s was officially recognized in 1985, with the university’s membership in the American Public Gardens Association. Today, more than 12,000 evergreen and deciduous trees represent 625 species and varieties, and the number is increasing every year.