Travel: Gardens, Gardens Everywhere
While the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack’s Madoo Conservancy, and Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse Reserve on Hands Creek Road in East Hampton all offer local access to some of the most inspired horticulture in New York State, Long Island boasts a number of botanical gardens and arboretums showcasing local plants and trees, and exotic varieties from around the world. Here are some of our favorites.
194 Bayville Road, Lattingtown
Encompassing 40 acres in Lattingtown, with seven acres of landscaped gardens, the Bailey Arboretum is most well known for its Dawn Redwoods, which are scattered throughout the property. Thought to be extinct for millions of years, in 1941 living Dawn Redwoods were discovered in Szechuan, China, with Harvard University collecting specimens in 1947 to distribute to botanical gardens stateside. One of the Dawn Redwoods at the Bailey Arboretum was declared the largest in the world by the International Metasequoia Society in 2007.
Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Westbury Gardens is the former home of John S. Phipps and his family. Built in 1906 by English designer George Crawley, the Charles II-inspired mansion on the grounds is surrounded by 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, ponds and lakes. Adult and children programming is available throughout this spring and summer, including music programming, painting classes, and mid-summer stargazing.
Clark Botanical Gardens
193 IU Willets Road, Albertson
Founded in 1969, the Clark Botanical Gardens offers 12 acres dedicated to the education, and enjoyment, of the world’s plant life including collections dedicated to native spring wildflowers, wetland plants, rock garden plants, day lilies, roses, medicinal plants, herbs and perennials.