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Gardens and arboretums to visit this spring on Long Island

  • April 1, 2023

With the onset of spring comes the opportunity to bask in scenic landscapes and plenty of sunshine. Here are six spots to pay a visit to once the flora begins to bloom and the weather heats up:

Planting Fields Arboretum State Park

Cait Henning of Huntington, with her daughter Grace, inside the Main...

Cait Henning of Huntington, with her daughter Grace, inside the Main Greenhouse at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park.
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum State Park will host a number of events this spring, including two focused on Decisive Moments at Planting Fields: The Photography of Mattie Edwards Hewitt and Frances Benjamin Johnston, an exhibit dedicated to the work of two American female landscape photographers that is on display at Coe Hall, the mansion at Planting Fields. Visitors can attend Decisive Moments: Lunch & Lecture, with Borough of Manhattan Community College professor Bettina Berch, on March 25, which will focus on the life and work of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Decisive Moments: Tintype Portraits, with photographer Jolene Lupo, on April 15, where guests can have their own tintype portrait taken following a tour of the exhibit. There will also be a spring 5K on April 22, Arbor Day Festival on April 29-30 and an AAPI Festival on May 13 in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Upon visiting Planting Fields this spring, expect to see magnolias, azaleas, cherry and dogwood trees in bloom. 

HOURS 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily

ADMISSION $8 per vehicle; $40 per person for the Bettina Berch lecture; $50 per person for the Jolene Lupo lecture. 

INFO 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay; 516-922-9210, plantingfields.org

Bailey Arboretum 

Walking paths at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.

Walking paths at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Situated on 42 acres in Locust Valley, Bailey Arboretum consists of a newly renovated sensory garden, a Children’s

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