Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

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Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which includes the Coe Hall Historic House Museum, is an arboretum and state park covering over located in the village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, New York.Near the end of America's Gilded Age, the estate named Planting Fields was the home of William Robertson Coe, an insurance and railroad executive, and his wife Mary "Mai" Huttleston (née Rogers) Coe, the youngest daughter of millionaire industrialist Henry H. Rogers, who had been a principal of Standard Oil. It includes the 67-room Coe Hall, greenhouses, gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. Its grounds were designed by Guy Lowell, A. R. Sargent, the Olmsted Brothers, and others. Planting Fields also features an herbarium of over 10,000 pressed specimens.The name "Planting Fields" comes from the Matinecock Indians who cultivated the rich soil in the clearings high above Long Island Sound.
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  • I visit the Planting Fields about 20 times a year , since my retirement from teaching 6 years ago , and love the place . My biggest knocks are relatively minor , at this point the improvements made to...  more »
  • I visited the Arboretum in the winter, when it was poinsettia and camellia season. What a lovely way to spend time just walking the grounds and enjoying a peaceful time. Don't miss the greenhouses, wh...  more »
  • This is a great place for all. Our friends took us here on a day they were closed but it didn't matter; we could still walk through beautiful greenhouses and the grounds including a beautiful poinsett...  more »
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  • Amazingly well put together, the flowers are beautiful. The first time I visited was like Alice in Wonderland. Very kids and elderly friendly, a good place for entire family. A typical visit is about two hours if you check out in details. The history of this Arboretum is available right next to their cafe/gift shop.
  • Great day out, even in winter. We really enjoy coming here for walks and their summer events. A great free day out on a dry day during the winter - Most recently brought my 6 month old for a couple of hours of walking. He loved the greenhouses - so much to see, smell and feel. Staff are friendly too.
  • The arboretum has two greenhouses which are always nice spots to visit. Today late January neither we're at their peak. The Camelia house needs 2-3 weeks to be in full bloom. The main greenhouse is between displays but is always relaxing. The grounds are nice to walk but still in winter mode. Always a worthwhile visit
  • Great place and views if you would like to have a nice picture back drop for your wedding pictures. Just as a heads up, you have to be ready to walk alot. The back drops aren't as close as you think but they offer great shots. Not only for weddings but other photo shoots too, you do need permits from them though but it's all worth it in the long run for the beautification of your pictures.
  • Free beautiful display display in the main greenhouse during Christmas time of poinsettias and other various plants. The grounds are beautiful all year round. I went when it was snowing, it was like a winter wonderland. Bathrooms are outside, if you're **handicap** make note that there is a semitall threshold to get to the bathroom building as well as a rocky terrain. However it is manageable to get through with assistance if you're in a wheelchair, and definitely manageable independently if using a walker or cane.
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