Located in Oyster Bay, New York, the Planting Fields State Historic Park aims to educate, enrich, and entertain visitors of all ages about gardening and environmental conservation. Visitors can expect to experience a premier public park, garden, and estate that is sure to delight members of the entire family year-round.
The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is a part of the non-profit organization, the Planting Fields Foundation. The foundation was started in 1979 by a board of New York State Regents as an educational foundation to serve the public.
The Arboretum State Historic Park is a gem in the collection of parks and historical sites preserved by the hard-working staff of the Planting Fields Foundation and the generous donations from the community.
The estate belonged to insurance mogul, William Robertson Coe and his wife, heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, Mai Rogers Coe. The estate is one of the last remaining Gold Coast estates along the North Shore of Long Island.
The estate is more than 409 acres and still contains its original historic structures and landscape. The house is a Tudor revival decorated in an Elizabethan style which includes many of the original pieces of furniture, rare paintings, stained glass windows from as early as the 13th century, and unique wood and stone carvings.
Main Greenhouse:The main greenhouse is one of the original structures from the Coe Estate and was built in the 1920’s by the Coe family to grow their rare plants and flowers. Collections found in the greenhouse includes ferns, orchids, palms, cacti, begonias, and many seasonal exhibits. The greenhouse is open year-round.
Sensory Garden:The newly opened sensory garden features gazebos along brick walkways lined with colorful and scent-filled flowers. This garden features seasonal blooms and spectacular seasonal exhibitions and events. Guests can use all five senses in this garden to enjoy one-of-a-kind multisensory experiences.
Camellia Greenhouse:This greenhouse is one of the original historical structures on the property and currently contains one of the largest collections of rare and beautiful camellias featured in a greenhouse in the Northeast. The camellia house is open year-round.
The Garden Library:The library can be found in something known as the “Hay barn complex” and serves as a haven for those interested in reading about horticulture. There are hundreds of resources available to anyone curious about gardening and environmental care.
The Coe Family Estate:The 100-year-old Tudor Revival estate is decorated in an Elizabethan style and features most of the original décor and furnishings. An abundance of rare paintings, carvings, decorations, and furniture are found all over the Gold Coast estate. Tours are given year-round.
The Arboretum: The 409-acre property is filled with rare and unique trees, shrubs, and plants for visitors to explore via walking trails. Guided educational tours are given year-round and are sure to entertain horticulture lovers of any age.
Woodland Trails:The woodland trails on the property are part of the original landscape designed by the Coe family 100 years ago. Visitors can explore and enjoy beautiful landscaped trails year-round.
Concert in the Park:On July 1, 2017, the Fivestone Band will perform in the park from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and guests are invited to bring everything they need for a picnic and enjoy the best top hits of today. There are a variety of bands performing this summer in the park, check out the calendar for more information.
Nature Sundays:Every Sunday throughout the Summer, the park hosts an educational nature day for children 4 years and older. Admission is free and they will get to enjoy a full day outside while learning about a variety of environmental topics (each Sunday has a different topic theme).
Music in the Garden:Throughout the summer, the park will be hosting a summer concert series which includes a variety of world-class musicians. Upcoming performances include Matt Marshak on July 7 and the blues band, French Cookin’ on July 28. There are a variety of musicians performing this summer in the park, check out the calendar for more information.
Summer Theater in the Park:The hit musical, Hairspray, is one of the many summer theater performances taking place this summer in the park. The show goes on at 6 p.m. on July 14. Be sure to check out the calendar for more information on other summer performances in the park.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, website, Phone: 516-922-8600