Find lush gardens, woodland paths and plenty of fresh air at Long Island’s beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums.
BAILEY ARBORETUM, 194 Bayville Rd., Lattingtown, 516-801-1458, baileyarboretum.org Hours 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily spring/summer; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily fall/winter. Season All year. Features 42 acres, self-guided nature trails, children's outdoor classroom, rescued owls, hawks and other animals housed in wildlife aviaries. Exceptional collection of conifers. Flowering trees in spring, annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Call for information about guided walks, educational programs, events and rental opportunities. Pumpkin Festival Oct. 22. Fee Free; donations accepted.
BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM
BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Route 27A), Great River, 631-581-1002, bayardcuttingarboretum.com Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-April, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April-Oct., closed Mon. Season All year. Features 690 acres along the Connetquot River. Expanded Community Supported Agriculture farm and chickens. Eight nature walks, including pinetum, wildflower, rhododendron, bird-watching, swamp cypress, and assorted trees. Private and public tours available. Hidden Oak Cafe (631-277-3895) and Manor House overlook the great lawn to the river. New and improved garden areas and walks. Manor House tours available all year (call for details). Various seasonal flower shows, concerts and art exhibitions, check website for details. Fee $8 per vehicle April-Nov. Special events may have additional entrance fees.
BRIDGE GARDENS, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, peconiclandtrust.org/bridge_gardens, 631-283-3195 Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Thur., 10 a.m.-dusk Fri. Season April 1-Oct. 29 weekends, May 26-Sept. 4 Wed.-Sun. Features Encompassing 5 acres, including a knot garden surrounded by culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs, antique and modern roses, perennial beds and borders throughout. An expanded vegetable garden, a lily-filled water garden, community garden beds and demonstration lawn areas showcase sustainable landscape methods. Fridays at Six Music Nights feature live music in the gardens July 21 and Aug. 18, visit website for performers and admission info. Fee $10, $20 group of 4, seasonal and corporate memberships offered.
CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN
CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson, clarkbotanic.org or northhempsteadny.gov, 516-869-7637 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, daylilies, rock garden, herbs, butterfly garden, conifers. Set among three brook-fed ponds and curving paths. Features an apiary; wide variety of garden-related items, honey and pollen sold in the gift shop. Educational workshops, lectures, Tai Chi and watercolor painting classes (fee). Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free Tue. night summer concert series and a number of special events throughout the year. 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 and a water element; the Sondra Rubin Mack garden, a New American Garden on the north campus, features easy-care perennials. Gothic labyrinth made from 40 feet of circular granite with parterre and knot garden; take a self-guided tour. Call to arrange tours. Fee Free; donations accepted
JAPANESE STROLL GARDEN
JAPANESE STROLL GARDEN, Dogwood Lane and Oyster Bay Road, Mill Neck, 516-676-4486. The Garden has changed ownership and is closed temporarily. It is scheduled to reopen midyear. Call for more information.
LIU POST COMMUNITY ARBORETUM
LIU POST COMMUNITY ARBORETUM, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, liu.edu/post/arboretum, 516-299-2900 Hours Dawn-dusk, daily. Season All year. Features Formal gardens with more than 125 trees (71 species), labeled with horticultural facts and origin, self-guided walking trail (maps available online, at Hillwood Commons information desk or by calling 516-299-2900), Tudor mansion (once the home of cereal heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post). Fee Free.
LONGHOUSE RESERVE, 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton, 631-329-3568, longhouse.org Hours 2-5 p.m. Wed. and Sat.; 2-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. July-Sept. 4; noon-3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 14-Nov. 25. Season April 29-Oct. 7, Oct. 14-Nov. 25. Features 16 acres of gardens highlighted with contemporary sculpture. Landscape features include a pond, allees and walks, dune garden and 1,000-foot hemlock hedge that follows boundaries of farm fields that occupied the site until it was abandoned for agricultural use in the 19th century. Collections of bamboo and grasses, irises, conifers and broadleaf evergreens along with 200 varieties of daffodils are also featured. Check website for directions, special events and workshops. Fee $10, $8 seniors, free to children through 12th grade; reservations required for special events and programs.
MADOO CONSERVANCY, 618 Sagg-Main St., Sagaponack, 631-537-8200, madoo.org Hours Noon-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat. for self-guided tours. Season May 12-Sept. 16. Features The 2-acre organic garden incorporate the houses and studios of the late artist writer and gardener Robert Dash. Within the property, an encyclopedia of garden design, one can see a formal vegetable garden, a laburnum arbor, a 120-foot rose rill and a Chinese bridge crossing newly renovated ponds and many other gardens. Two historic houses, one from 1740 has just been restored and the other from 1850, are found within the landscape. Mauves, chartreuses, reds and yellows color the railings, the English stile and a double-roofed gazebo, with arches of steam-bent wood and plumber's piping. Group tours by appointment. Fee $10 for self-guided tours, no strollers, no dogs. Not wheelchair accessible.
OLD WESTBURY GARDENS
OLD WESTBURY GARDENS, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; house open 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Season May-Oct. Call or check website for special admission dates and hours in Nov. and Dec. Features The masterfully preserved 20th-century mansion filled with priceless antiques and furnishings is surrounded by 200 acres, including a walled perennial garden, rose garden, cottage garden, demonstration gardens, wooded trails, lakes and sweeping lawns. Activities include garden and house tours, indoor and outdoor concerts, festivals, dog weekends, high tea, horticulture programs and children's events and classes. Also includes a plant shop, gift shop, cafe in the woods and picnic area. June 4 Antique Auto Show. June 17-Sept. 4 Seward Johnson at Old Westbury Gardens: Art in the Gardens. July 9- Aug. 6 Beech Tree Concerts, 3 p.m. Sundays. July 21-23 Art and Dogs in the Gardens. Sept. 17 Kidsfest. July-Aug. Indoor and outdoor concerts, check website for dates and times. Fee $12, $10 older than 62, $7 ages 7-17; free 6 and younger. Special rates for group tours.
PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM STATE HISTORIC PARK
PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM STATE HISTORIC PARK, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-922-9200, plantingfields.org For more, see State Parks.