Bloomin’ Update 32: Lost In The Planting Fields


Gardening is a gift that keeps on giving – and this is especially true of the Planting Fields Arboretum, a jewel of a gift on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

William Robertson Coe, who made his fortune in marine insurance, built the mansion in 1921 in the style of a 16th century Elizabethan country home – but it’s the park-like 409-acre estate, designed by the Olmsted brothers, that brings gardening enthusiasts, walkers, brides, and myself back in time.

Part of the fun of wandering the grounds is the chance to get lost on the pebbled paths,
all of which are lined with tall trees and shade-loving plants . . .

. . . like hostas.

Around every corner is a bride and groom’s photo op.

A close-up of Crepe Myrtle ruffles.

The Tea House was storybook-like . . .

. . . and its view of the Italian Garden had me convinced that this is all I need to be completely happy.

Until I arrived at the Main Greenhouse. . .

. . . with its Tropical Room, overflowing with colorful blooms, like. . .

. . . Ginger . . .

. . . and unknown beauties. . .

. . . and Bird of Paradise.

Adjacent to the Tropical Room was a room dedicated to all things Begonia.

Then came a room filled with the Orchid collection.

If you visit, remember to look up.

Inside the Orchid room, I noticed the rooting of something valuable.
It was kept under lock and key.

As you wander from room to room, the climate changes. Here is the Cactus room.

Some species looked like they arrived from another climate on another planet.

Yes, gardening is a gift that keeps on giving.  Give yourselves a gift, and take time to visit your local arboretum or botanical garden.  They are truly gardens of inspiration, imagination, and  relaxation — and those are gifts we could all use.

Happy gardening! 

33 thoughts on “Bloomin’ Update 32: Lost In The Planting Fields

    • Hi Robert. I didn’t see any Dahlia beds — but there were groves of Rhododendrons and a rose garden. Unfortunately, the summer heat has taken its toll on some of the plantings. If I visit again, I would probably return in May.

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  2. What a lovely place! If we ever get back to Long Island, this will definitely be a destination spot!!
    (we were on Long Island once in the late 90’s and all I saw was the mall that had Bloomingdale’s in it!)

    • 🙂 There is a lot more to Long Island than malls — although they do seem to be taking over. If you have time, take a drive further east and visit some of our vineyards — I’ll meet you there! 🙂

    • 🙂 I was imagining a film in which the crooks do some elaborate “Mission Impossible,” like being suspended from the ceiling, to swipe the seedling.

  3. I love tours like this Kevin of places that I would never see. What a beautiful assortment of blooms. The Bird of Paradise blooms always intrigue me with their colors and shapes. Gorgeous shots.

  4. What beauty! I loved the tea house, too. There are some features of this lovely estate that remind me of the Huntington Botanical Gardens we frequent, but what always intrigues me are the differences in what grows well in each environment. I rarely see Hostas and some of the other beauties are not common in our region. Your photos are just great! Debra

    • Hi Debra. The arboreta (arboretums) truly highlight what can do well locally. It’s a great way to get some inspiration if you’re interested in starting a garden.

    • There are lots of locations on the grounds for photos. It’s actually like a well choreographed carousel, with bridal parties and photographers walking to each of the locations.

  5. This is one of my favorite places to visit on the Island. I went there for the first time last summer and have been addicted ever since-went there twice this season and wrote too posts on it!!! It is beautiful. Also try Old Westbury Gardens….also magnificent! Thank you for allowing me to re-visit again!

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