Spotlight On: Planting Fields Arboretum

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.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Coe Hall, the 65 room Tudor Revival mansion.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

The Tea House which features a pool and gardens.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

This adorable pink house was the Coe children’s play house.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Inside the Main Greenhouse, decorated with poinsettias for the winter season.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

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.

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