Having been to Old Westbury Gardens only twice in my life, once when I was a child and last fall for Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns, I have wanted to revisit the historic mansion and gardens in the daylight with my camera. Located in Old Westbury, New York it is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps an heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. In 1903 work was started on the estate, known as Westbury House and it was finished in 1906. The house can be seen in the movie Cruel Intentions and has been used in other movies and television shows. Since 1959 the house and the beautiful grounds which covers more than 150 acres are open to the public.
When I set out to walk the grounds and take pictures, I didn’t realize how many different paths and gardens there were. Old Westbury Gardens is absolutely beautiful. It is hard not to take pictures with every step you take. With all of the flowers blooming it is the perfect place to spend a spring day. I went on a weekday and the place was not crowded at all and it was basically like I had the massive grounds to myself. This is my new favorite photography place on Long Island and I’m looking forward to going back in the summer when the dahlias are in bloom.
Below are a mix of some photos from Westbury House, the Garden Path, the Lilac Walk, the Walled Garden, the Ghost Walk, the Primrose Path and the Temple of Love. I’ll be sharing more photos from some of the other paths and gardens in upcoming posts.