Spring Fever on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. - The flashes of knowledge over the heads of college students won’t be the only bulbs popping this spring at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville. This Spring C.W. Post will once again showcase a stunning annual array of flowers, buds and blossoms across the Campus’ vast 307 acres.
More than 10,000 bulbs planted in late fall begin to bloom around the first week of April, bringing the total number of tulips, daffodils and various other spring bulbs such as hyacinth, fritillaria and scilla to 60,000. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, C.W. Post also is famous for its magnificent formal gardens, rolling green lawns and 4,000 trees -- some among the largest on Long Island.
First to pop up their heads will be the cheerful daffodils that grow in bright masses along the main roads.
“Motorists entering our campus roads from Northern Boulevard are pleasantly surprised by the ribbon of color,” said Case Joosse, the grounds manager at C.W. Post. “Just when we think we cannot bear another snowstorm, we are surprised by a tuft of foliage poking out of the seemingly dead and frozen ground and we realize that the end of winter is near.” Each fall, the buildings and grounds department plants thousands of bulbs in over 20 beds.
Tulip varieties that will be in bloom on Campus this spring 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).
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, Winnick House. 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.
The collection of trees found on Campus includes some of the largest and most unusual on Long Island: a 105-foot tulip tree, a Japanese Pagoda Dogwood tree, and a 92-year-old American Elm, to name a few. Each tree is labeled with interesting horticultural facts and origin information. Unique plantings bear the mark of the arboretum's regal beginnings. In the 1920s, for example, gardeners from the Post family estate created a Tabletop Scotch Elm by grafting two elm varieties together resulting in a grainy bark at the base of the tree, and a smooth bark at the top. Gardeners also planted a formal flower garden next to the Winnick House administration building where brick walls, walkways and benches still stand today as a testament to a gentler time.
For more information about the Campus grounds, visit www.liu.edu/arboretum.
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