Long Island Botanical Garden Wins Honorable Mention in Diversity Challenge


Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson received the recognition.

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Photo: Town of North Hempstead.

A Long Island botanical garden recently received recognition from a national non-profit gardening organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties of plants.


Clark Botanic Garden, located in Albertson, received an honorable mention for designing and growing a garden based on this year’s All-America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Challenge theme of “Diversity in the Garden.” Gardeners were encouraged not only to execute on their designs but to promote them through social media and real life events.


Town Horticulturist Bonnie Klein oversaw Clark Botanic Garden’s participation in the challenge, creating a formal Victorian oval that was grown and designed by Clark staff. The planting area holds a diverse array of plant material that is traditional for a botanic garden.


Volunteer horticulture professionals working with the AAS anonymously trial gardens in the challenge for a full season. Only the top garden performers are given the AAS Winner award designation for their superior performance.


“This is a testament to our incredible Parks Department team and the wonderful staff working at Clark Botanic Garden,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “Their passion for and dedication to Clark Botanic Garden is what makes this special park a true hidden gem worth visiting here in the Town of North Hempstead."


Founded in 1969, Clark Botanic Garden is a 12-acre living museum and education facility for all ages. Collections at the garden include native spring wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs and over a dozen collections of particular plant families.


Clark Botanic Garden is located at 193 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson.