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PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM VOTED BEST PUBLIC GARDEN

With four hundred and nine acres of natural beauty, from gardens to woodlands and everything in between, it is no wonder that Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park was recently voted a best public garden by readers of the Long Island Press.

One popular attraction at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is the Camellia Greenhouse, whose claim to fame is a display of the northeast’s greatest display of camellias. The Main Greenhouse is just as beautiful and houses seasonal displays as well as collections of hibiscus, orchids, cacti, begonias, and succulents.

Planting Fields Arboretum is also home to an annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place in Coe Hall, the former residence of the Coe family for which guided tours are offered from April to September. In addition to the traditional lighting of the holiday tree by Santa, there is also a special poinsettia display in the main greenhouse for visitors to view. This year’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is maintained by the non-profit, educational Planting Fields Foundation, with support from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The mission of the Planting Fields Foundation is “to preserve and interpret Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park as the premier public garden and Gold Coast Estate by education, enriching, and entertaining the visiting public.”

In general, park hours for Planting Fields Arboretum are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Plan for an $8 per car parking fee, as well as $5 per non-member for a tour of Coe Hall, if desired. In addition to Coe Hall and the park’s natural landscapes, historic buildings, and beautiful greenhouses, attractions include formal gardens, hiking trails, and specimen plantings, and are sure to provide hours of wholesome entertainment.

Arboretum gallery by LIParks Ray Larsen is below:

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