Visiting an arboretum in winter may not seem ideal, but when it is Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, winter means nothing when the main attractions are the greenhouses in full bloom. Planting Fields, built in 1904, is the former estate of William Robertson Coe. The 409 acres was where the Coe family resided in the spring and summers until 1949 when the property was given to the state of New York.
Coe Hall, a 65 room mansion overlooks the Camellia House which is home to the largest collection of camellias under glass in the Northeast. A short distance away is the Main Greenhouse which features tropical plants as well as separate rooms for orchids, cactus, begonias and more. Aside from the many different varieties of flowers that bloom from the spring into the fall, Planting Field features woodland trails, a synoptic garden, sensory garden and beautiful architecture on the many buildings throughout the grounds. I’m already planning a return trip in the spring when the cherry trees will be blooming and a trip in the summer to see their dahlia garden.
I’ll be sharing more photos from Planting Fields Arboretum in upcoming posts. Planting Fields Arboretum is located at 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.