Beauty Blooms at C.W. Post During Commencement
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. - Graduation ceremonies typically highlight “the best and the brightest.” At the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, those words apply not only to the students but their stunning surroundings on this special day.
In what has become a Commencement tradition, the Campus will look like a bursting bouquet on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11 when many of the 50,000 tulip bulbs planted last fall bloom in conjunction with the special event. Their presence brings a lavish palate to the backdrop and has come to symbolize the optimism and opportunity that awaits the graduating class.
Much like the students who spend years preparing for the day, so too does the Facilities Services department. Although the second Sunday in May – when graduation is held – is typically late for most spring bulbs to bloom, it is too early to use annuals as decorations and accents. But the Campus has had grand results and solid timing with lily-flowering tulips from the Cottage Tulip family, according to Case Joosse, the grounds manager at C.W. Post.
“Their large flowers resemble lilies with their pointed, flaring petals which make the flowers look very elegant,” he said. “Often we plant these tulips in two contrasting or complimentary colors to provide extra effect.”
Other tulip varieties that will be in bloom on Campus include the giant Lefeber Hybrid tulips, “Blushing Beauty” (a flamed rose flower with yellow border), “Deep River” (elegant bright yellow flowers), “Hocus Pocus” (yellow flowers with a pink streak), “Perestroyka” (rose pink flowers with salmon color on pointed petals) and “El Nino” (a beautiful blend of golden yellow and salmon rose).
Recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, C.W. Post is famous for its magnificent formal gardens, rolling green lawns and 4,000 trees -- some among the largest on Long Island. A 40-acre portion of the campus is designated as an arboretum which features more than 125 trees, some of them very rare, and stands as a tribute to the natural beauty of Long Island 's famed Gold Coast. The arboretum is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk, free of charge. The trees are located along a self-guided walking trail that encircles the Campus' main academic buildings as well as the iconic Tudor mansion. Once the home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the stately mansion sits atop one of the Campus' highest points, watching over the picturesque grounds in breathtaking grandeur.
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