Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel Tyro: Planting Fields Arboretum

In search of some lush greenery and summer sunshine for America’s peak Fourth of July weekend, my friend, Megan, and I escaped the concrete jungle to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The state park spans over 400 acres that include greenhouses, flower gardens, woodland paths, and the Coe Hall Gold Coast estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe. The grounds were designed by the Olmstead Brothers (they were based right out of Brookline very close to BU’s campus in Boston) to recreate an English park setting to compliment Mr. Coe's 16th century Elizabethan style country "house". 

For a quick ride on the LIRR, the arboretum makes you feel as if you’re miles perhaps even transcontinental miles—away from New York City. I absolutely adored the tiny pink gardener’s cottage that looked straight out of a children’s story book, but simply walking through the lavender paths and exotic greenhouses was a much needed change of scenery.  

Who: Everyone— especially horticulturalist enthusiasts
What: Planting Fields Arboretum. A haven of gardens, sprawling lawns, and a grand estate
Where: Oyster Bay, a small town along the "Gold Coast" of Long Island best known as the home of Theodore Roosevelt (You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to get here)
Wear: OOTD: Top: Madewell | Skirt: American Apparel | Sandals: Madewell | Hat: Nordstrom | Tote Bag: TJ Maxx
When: Spring/Summer Only open April-October
Why: If you're looking to take a quick escape from the concrete jungle to stop and smell the roses, this is a beautiful place to disconnect. It would also make a wonderful spot for a picnic or engagement photos.
Tyro Tip: The arboretum is free, but it's $5 to enter the Coe estate and is cash only. Unfortunately, my friend and I didn't bring cash with us so we could only peak inside! 

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