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From stem to vase at Old Westbury Gardens

Scott Lucas creates floral arrangements using flowers he

Scott Lucas creates floral arrangements using flowers he cuts from gardens at Old Westbury Gardens. Credit: Vince Kish

Old Westbury Gardens is a gorgeous place. It's been the location for countless magazine shoots, movies and TV shows (most recently, USA's "Royal Pains").  It was even named one of the top 10 gardens in the world by Four Seasons Magazine. So you'd be surprised at how many Long Islanders haven't visited this local gem.

And the gardens aren't merely for strolling. There are concerts held there on summer evenings, and classes, demonstrations, even tai chi classes during the day. Last summer, I taped this video while touring the gardens, and met head gardener Scott Lucas, who was giving a floral arrangement class at the Palm House near the greenhouse there. Lucas, who is repsonsible for all the breathtaking flower arrangements you'll see when touring the main house at the Gardens, is preparing to hold the class again on August 11 and 13.

Lucas'  job also involves growing and maintaining the cutting garden, which was planted specifically to supply flowers for decorating the house. Let's take a look at their journey:

First, Lucas selects and cuts flowers from the cutting garden to use in his floral arrangements at the main house.

Next, Lucas gets busy creating and arrangement to suit the style and feel of the room where it will be used.


And, finally, he strategically places the arrangement where it will have the most impact.


Sign up to learn from the master himself at Old Westbury Gardens on August 11 and 13 by calling 516-333-0048 (advanced registration is required.) The class costs $15 and includes admission to Old Westbury Gardens (ordinarily $10 on its own). 

See the entire events scedule at Old Westbury Gardens.

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