Long island Public gardens

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY

The park includes an arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for William Bayard Cutting in 1887, as well as a mansion designed by Charles C. Haight. The grounds are kept meticulous. The trail along the Connetquot River is beautiful. Lots of wildlife to see.

Bailey Arboretum, Bayville Road and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown, NY

The collection of exotic trees makes Bailey Arboretum unique. Two hundred different species of trees are registered on Arbnet's international database, and another 300 trees are pending identification. Fifteen champion trees remain in the Bailey Collection including the dawn redwood planted by seed from China in 1947. There are plenty of quick trails for a dog walk, or places to set up a picnic.

Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton, NY
A unique public and demonstration garden with mysterious hedgerows, a wide variety of perennial and annual flowers and shrubs, and a unique 4-quadrant herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile/dye plants. 

Clark Botanic Garden 193 I. U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY
A 12-acre living museum and educational facility is dedicated to understanding and appreciating the world's plant life through horticulture, education and research. Collections at the garden include native spring wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs, butterfly plants, medicinal plants and over a dozen collections of particular plant families.

Hofstra Arboretum, 114 Student  Center, Hempstead, NY
Hofstra's 240 acres provide a beautiful campus setting that inspires and motivates its students. Its arboretum was officially recognized in 1985, with Hofstra's membership in the prestigious American Public Gardens Association, and is one of only 430 arboreta in the United States. Today, more than 12,000 evergreen and deciduous trees represent 625 species and varieties, and the number is increasing every year

John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, 347 Oyster Bay Road, Locust Valley, NY
The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden is a 7-acre Japanese garden in Mill Neck, New York, providing a retreat for passive recreation and contemplation. The Land Alliance purchased the Stroll Garden property on May 23, 2017, continuing to operate it as a public garden.

LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY
LongHouse Reserve is a 16 acre reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, NY, featuring pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning to name a few.  Open to members and to the public for a small fee.

Madoo Conservancy, 618 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack, NY
A magical oasis set on an enchanting 2-acre landscape in the heart of Sagaponack. He used boxwood to design an Elizabethan knot garden, turned a bridge into a Pagoda-roofed structure, played with Renaissance perspective, and enlisted the help of his English friend, garden doyenne Rosemary Verey, to create a breathtakingly beautiful kitchen garden, or “potager,” demonstrating what an artist could fashion using simple vegetables and flowers.

 

Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich, 25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, on Muttontown Lane
Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County's largest nature preserve and one of the most beautiful settings on Long Island. The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Nassau County Museum of Art - Formal Gardens, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
The formal garden at the Nassau County Museum of Art was designed in the 1920s by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America's leading landscape architects. She considered this garden, designed at the peak of her career, to be one of her finest designs. The garden today provides a sanctuary of carefully reconstructed brick paths, perennial borders, and intricate boxwood designs in four garden rooms, demarcated by yew "walls." It is an elegant space to be admired by lovers of landscape architecture, studied by historic preservationists, but most of all, a place to stroll, sit, and enjoy nature in a setting designed by a master landscape architect.

Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes.  Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence.

Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
Planting Fields, the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe and is one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island’s North Shore that retains its original 409 acres as well as its historic buildings and landscape. Rolling lawns, formal gardens, hiking trails and specimen plantings, as well as the Camellia Greenhouse and the Main Greenhouse, with its unique seasonal displays, are a treat for visitors year round.

 

Sweetbriar Nature Preserve, 62 Eckernkamp Dr, Smithtown, NY
Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here. Long Island residents of all ages can engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Home of  Long Island’s first living seasonal butterfly display. 30’x50’ screened enclosure is home to over 20 species of native North American butterflies complete with lush vegetation and flowers necessary for their survival.

Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY
Enter the Teaching Gardens through the wrought iron gates. Stroll down the long axial walkway that stretches before you. You'll pass the Annual Beds, the Rose Garden, and enter into the Beech Hedge Garden, now a Gray or 'Ghost Garden.' Or, walk to your left into the Dwarf Conifer Collection, or to your right, behind the grove of weeping higan cherries (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula') into the Joan Bisset Memorial Garden.   
Tanglewood Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre, NY
An 11-acre park and preserve, Tanglewood provides a lovely nature trail and a beautifully renovated brick walkway surrounding a pond. The pond has been restocked with fish by the New York State Bureau of Fisheries and fishing is allowed. Tanglewood also serves as home for the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a nonprofit educational organization.

Images ©Ann Wetzel