Spring Has Sprung in These Long Island Gardens

Apr 20, 2024

Right now is the perfect time to get out and explore

One of our favorite things about spring on Long Island? The incredible parks and gardens. Not only will you find stunning blooms and beautiful plants, trees, and wildlife, but many of these gardens have truly unique features — think Gatsby-era mansions, sculptures, and installations, and, in many, a unique look at life decades or even centuries ago. As you’re exploring Long Island, be sure and add these gardens to your must-see list — and (pro tip!) pack a picnic lunch so you can truly take it all in.

Cedarmere (Roslyn)

Previously owned by poet and editor William Cullen Bryant, Cedarmere was carefully curated by a literary master. Wander the walking trails or take a guided tour, then take time to appreciate the gardens’ views of Hempstead Harbor. And with many other regular events in various creative genres (dance, art, and poetry, to name a few), you can be sure there will be something everyone in the family can enjoy.

Clark Botanic Gardens (Albertson)

Clark Gardens is a perfect suburban escape. Stroll through the winding pathways, explore the vibrant flowers, and relax by the ponds. Perfect for a peaceful day out, Clark Gardens offers a picturesque setting to relax, explore, and simply take it all in. The garden also hosts seasonal events that showcase the changing beauty of the landscape, ensuring a unique experience with every visit. 

Planting Fields Arboretum State Park (Oyster Bay) 

Step back in time with this garden — and Coe Hall mansion — completed in 1921. With 65 rooms, Coe Hall is a perfect example of classic Gold Coast architecture. Take a self-guided tour and you’ll no doubt feel like you stepped into the pages of The Great Gatsby, surrounded by 20th-century opulence and a peek at what life was really like in the East and West Egg. 

From here, stroll through the Italian-themed garden and be sure to check out some of the one-of-a-kind features including the Synoptic Garden and Camellia Greenhouse. The Camellia Greenhouse hosts the largest collection of camellias in the northeast.

If you’re planning a visit, check out the Planting Fields website ahead of time. Throughout the year the organization hosts everything from events to workshops to special happenings just for the kids. 

Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury) 

Old Westbury Gardens — built in 1906 — is another incredible example of turn-of-the-century opulence. Home to a Charles II-style mansion in traditional Gold Coast architecture, be sure and sign up for a guided tour of this 66-room 200-acre masterpiece. Afterward, head to the Chinese Temple Garden or the renowned Rose Garden, then check out the Walled Garden spanning 2.5 acres. Throughout the year the gardens host concerts and workshops here, so be sure and check the website ahead of your visit. 

Bailey Arboretum (Locust Valley)

Step out of the ordinary with this diverse garden. Stroll through a tranquil space featuring an array of plants from all over the world. This garden also hosts one of the largest types of Dawn Redwood trees. Coming with kids? Head to the children’s habitat and a German castle sculpture. Other activities include a Bird Garden, guided tours, and educational workshops. 

Looking for other must-see spots to explore during your town tours? Let’s talk! Schedule a free Strategy Session now. 

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