Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • Well visiting my sister on Long Island, we decided to go here. Although they gave us a map in the visitors center, it was confusing. When we actually tried to find her way around, we found the lack of...  read more »
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  • Planting Fields gives you an amazing horticultural experience in a classic Gold Coast Mansion Setting. You will feel like a Dodge as you walk the extensive grounds and spectacular gardens. 
  • Went with family and friends. Great for kids, and a great day trip. Picnic, open space for them to run and play. Beautiful trees, my favorite being the paper bark maple. Beautiful gardens too. Can only imagine what the Camellia house looks like in bloom.
  • Beautiful, but... On weekends, the parking lots and footpaths are overrun by people taking guerrilla wedding photos. The staff does little to dissuade this, it seems. It is also disappointing that some of the ancillary structures are not open to the public, including some of the historic buildings. The main house is absolutely fantastic, and worth the visit on it's own, even with the additional entrance fee on top of the main entrance fee.
  • Huge green plains, quiet, fresh air. Just the place if you want to go relax. Also some nice landscape to look at.
  • Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York? Want to go to a fairly secluded grounds that is probably unheard of by many. Planting Fields Arboretum is just the place. The fee is $8 per car for parking. If you have an Empire Pass, you can enter the grounds for free. On the grounds, expect to walk through a network of hiking trails, greenhouses growing flowers and various cacti, formal gardens and rolling lawns. If you're more into the history of the Coe family and it's historic landmarks, you can tour Coe Hall which is an additional $5 per person. While visiting, you may notice wedding shoots, kid's events or musical bands being held on the grounds. It's a perfect place to bring some blankets and a picnic basket. The kids can run around freely on the clean lawns which are for the most part, very quiet. It reminded me of the gardens in various European countries, making me feel like I was on vacation yet only a car's drive away from home. If there's one thing they can do, it is to spruce up and update the grounds. Everything felt a little dated. However, being that the grounds are so big and not a lot of people frequent, I can definitely understand the budget constraints and limitation of resources. But that sort of gives it the private secluded feel that I've come to appreciate when visiting the arboretum. Planting Fields Arboretum is on my list of secret (low-profile) spots to check out while on Long Island. I will definitely return with some friends to enjoy a nice peaceful afternoon with food and drink on the grand lawn. Maybe I'll see you there!! (Just don't tell too many other people about it.)
  • Planting fields Arboretum is filled with lush gardens, indoor and outdoor spaces, statues and indoor flower gardens and greenhouses. The perfect place for an afternoon stroll or photographic outing.
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