Summer at Planting Fields

Tea House at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

This year so far, I’ve managed to visit Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, NY every season. I just have to cross autumn off the list in a few weeks and the goal will be complete. It was always the place I visited in the winter when the cold weather made me desperate for some interaction with nature thanks to the two greenhouses on site, but I never saw the true beauty of all the other seasons on the grounds.

Since I love dahlias and rumor had it there was a dahlia garden on the grounds that I had never come across, I had to make a visit the other day. I did find the dahlia garden, it was in a part of the park that I had never ventured to, which was why I had not stumbled upon it yet.

Dahlia Garden at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

I’ll share more photographs of the dahlias in an upcoming post, but this may be my new favorite dahlia spot!

Dahlia Garden at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

After the dahlia garden, I walked around to other parts to see what was in bloom. The massive hydrangeas lining the pathway to the rose gardens were beautiful. They looked like pillows almost due to their size.

Path to the Rose Garden at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

On one of my previous visits, I took the same photo of the archway and door to one of the many entrances to Coe Hall, the estate that William Robertson Coe and his family called home beginning in 1911. Since taking that first picture, I love to come back and take the same picture on each visit and I notice something different in each photo.

Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

From Coe Hall, it is a quick walk to the Tea House and reflecting pool. This is one of my favorite spots at Planting Fields, you walk into the garden area and you just feel so relaxed. I could stay in that section all day.

Tea House at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Tea House reflecting pool at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Tea House at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

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