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Botanical gardens, arboretums on Long Island

Exterior view of Camellia House in Planting Fields

Exterior view of Camellia House in Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Find lush gardens, woodland paths and plenty of fresh air at Long Island’s beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums.

Due to COVID-19, some locations have made changes to entering the facility, hours of operation, and some buildings are closed to the public. In addition, social distancing guidelines are in effect and face masks are required at all locations.

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BAILEY ARBORETUM, 194 Bayville Rd., Lattingtown, 516-801-1458, baileyarboretum.org. Hours Vary, check website for more details. Season All year. Features An accredited, 42 acre arboretum with self-guided nature trails, a children’s outdoor classroom and habitat. Exceptional collection of conifers. Home to the world's largest Dawn Redwood tree. Flowering trees in spring, annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Call about membership, educational/scouting programs, community events and event rental opportunities. All buildings, including restrooms, are closed until further notice. Fee $5 a car, $10 a van, $2 for walk-ins.

CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson, 516-869-7637, clarkbotanic.org or northhempsteadny.gov. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily April-Oct., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Nov.-March. Season All year. Features 12 acres of specialty gardens, roses, day lilies, rock garden, herbs, butterfly garden, conifers. Set among three brook-fed ponds and curving paths with an apiary; wide variety of garden-related items, honey and pollen sold in the gift shop. Available for small events, wedding photos and ceremonies. Community garden beds and tours available. Fee Free.

HOFSTRA ARBORETUM, 129 Hofstra University, Hempstead, hofstra.edu/community/arbor, 516-463-6623. Hours Dawn-dusk, daily. Season All year. Features Spread across the 238-acre campus, with a pinetum and a greenway. A sensory garden features tactile and aromatic plants at wheelchair level; the Sondra Rubin Mack garden, a New American Garden on the north campus, features easy-care perennials and a bird sanctuary. Gothic labyrinth made from 40 feet of circular granite with parterre and knot garden; take a self-guided tour or call for guided tours. Fee Donations accepted.

JOHN P. HUMES JAPANESE STROLL GARDEN, Dogwood Lane and Oyster Bay Road, Mill Neck, 516-922-1028, northshorelandalliance.org. Hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Season Through Nov. 8. Features 7 acres with elements that follow Japanese aesthetic principles, encouraging a contemplative experience. The Garden suggests a mountain setting by the sea, where gravel paths represent streams forming pools and cascading over waterfalls, eventually flowing into the ocean, represented by a pond. Check website for programs. Fee Free, donations accepted; visitor access to the garden has been reduced due to COVID restrictions and can limit capacity.

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. Season April 1-Oct 31; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. weekends only. Features The 20th century mansion (currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), surrounded by over 200 acres, including formal gardens like the world-famous Walled Garden, rose garden, cottage garden, wooded trails, lakes and sweeping lawns. Also includes a plant shop, gift shop (currently closed), Café in the Woods is open but the outdoor picnic tables have been removed at this time. Fee General admission visitors must purchase tickets in advance at this time so they do not exceed capacities; $12, $10 older than 62 and full-time students, $7 ages 7-17; free 6 and younger; group rates. Additional fees for special events.

PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM STATE HISTORIC PARK, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-922-9200, plantingfields.org.

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BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Route 27A), Great River, 631-581-1002, bayardcuttingarboretum.com. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-March, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April-Oct., closed Mon. Season All year. Features 691 acres along the Connetquot River. Expanded Community Supported Agriculture farm adjacent to historic barn. Enjoy bird-watching, nature walks, woodlands and rhododendron gardens. Pets, bicycle riding, picnics, sports, bathing and games are not permitted. Arboretum grounds and Manor House tours available all year (call for details). Hidden Oak Cafe (631-277-3895) and Manor House overlook the great lawn. Fee $8 per vehicle April-Nov. Special events may have additional entrance fees.

BRIDGE GARDENS, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, peconiclandtrust.org, 631-283-3195. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Season All year. Features 5-acre garden with a large herb garden showcasing culinary, medicinal, textile dye and ornamental herbs, perennial beds and borders with native and exotic plants, ornamental shrubs and trees. Check website for virtual activities currently being offered. Fee Free admission to the gardens. Seasonal and corporate memberships provide additional savings on workshops and more.

LONGHOUSE RESERVE, 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton, 631-329-3568, longhouse.org. Hours 1-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. by timed ticket reservations. Limited days/hours later in the season. Masks and social distancing strictly enforced. Season April 25-Nov. 28. Features 16 acres of gardens highlighted with contemporary sculptures. Landscape features include established lawns, collections of bamboo and grasses, irises, conifers and broad-leaved evergreens, ornamental borders, a pond, reflecting pool, allées and walks. Fee $15, $10 seniors, free to children through 12th grade and college students with ID.

MADOO CONSERVANCY, 618 Sagg-Main St., Sagaponack, 631-537-8200, madoo.org. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., by appointment only, for self-guided tours. Season May 15-Oct. 17; reopens weekends only from Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 9. Features The 2-acre organic garden incorporates the houses and studios of artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash. Exhibit "Robert Dash: Printmaker," an exploration of techniques and themes in Dash’s printmaking. Within the property, one can see a formal vegetable garden, a laburnum arbor and a Chinese bridge crossing newly renovated ponds and many other gardens. Two historic houses, one from 1740 that has been restored and the other from 1850, are found within the landscape. Fee Free, no strollers, no dogs.

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