Adirondack History Center
, NY 12932 (518)873-6466.
Alice T. Miner Colonial Museum
- This museum with a variety of
exhibits on 19th century Adirondack life, includes a formal Colonial garden
featuring modern varieties of old-fashioned plants and a nature trail.
State Route 9 (Main Street), Chazy
, NY 12921 (518)846-7336.
Astor (Chinese Garden) Court
- In the process of
creating a Garden Club to re-create the gardens.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
, 1000 5th Avenue, New York
, NY 10028
(212)535-7710 or (212)879-5500.
- This courtyard is modeled on a Ming Dynasty
scholar's retreat and was assembled by traditional craftsman from Soochow,
Lattington, Bayville Road and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown
, NY 11560 (516) 571-8020.
Battery Park City Park
- This 42 acre estate (appropriately named Munnysunk) showcases a mid-1800's house
and a collection of 600 different kinds of native and exotic plants and trees,
many rare. Gardens include an iris garden, a
rose garden, unusual plantings, a chrysanthemums, a perennial garden
(150 to 500 labeled varieties), a rock garden (with a 4 foot high
castle), an interpretive nature trail (along a stream, through a bog and
dense, wild shrubs), and a Sensory Garden with Braille signs.
: 2 S. End Avenue,
, NY 10280 (212)267-9700.
variety of gardens, esplanades and statuary grace this busy city park at the tip
: Route 27A, P.O. Box 466, Oakdale
, NY 11769 (516)581-1002.
Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum
state park includes collections fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock and other
conifers as well as dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks,
wildflowers and daffodils.
: 59 West Pulteney Street,
, NY 14830
- A collection of historic buildings including an inn, a barn, a
school, and a cabin.
R2, Box 24, Route 9D, Garrison
, NY 10524 (914) 265-3638.
- Boscobel is a restored
Federal period house overlooking the river with period furniture and decorative
arts and formal gardens and grounds.
: 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
, NY 11225 (718)622-4433.
The Bronx Zoo
- This splendid facility displays a host of wonderful gardens, including the
Magnolia Plaza, Daffodil Hill, the Fragrance Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the
Celebrity Path (stepping stones inscribed with the names of famous persons from
Brooklyn), the Japanese Garden, the Herb Garden (16th century English knot), the
Cherry Esplanade (40 varieties), the Lilac Collection (150 species and
cultivars), the Overlook, the Osborne Garden (3 acre Italian style), the Native
Flora Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden (5000 bushes of 1200 varieties), the
Crape-Myrtle Walk, the Bluebell Wood (45,000 bluebells), the Annual Border, the
Plant Family Collection (ordered by time of evolution), the Rock Garden, the
Mixed Perennial Border, the Steinhardt Conservatory, the Lily Pool Terrace, the
Children's Garden and the Discovery Garden.
: Fordham Road and Bronx River Parkway, Bronx
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical
- This famous zoo offers 265 wooded acres of naturalistic habitats
that are home to more than 4,000 animals. Exhibits include Jungle World, the
Gorilla Forest, Himilayan Highlands, forests and meadows of Asia, a Baboon
Reserve, the World of Darkness, the World of Birds, the World of Reptiles,
Skyfari, Wild Asia, African Plains, and a MouseHouse.
: 2655 S. Park Avenue (Route 62), Buffalo
, NY 14218
- This 11.3 acre Frederick Law Olmsted park was renovated in the
mid-1980s and includes a 12 room Victorian conservatory with orchids,
bromeliads, begonias, cacti, ferns, palms, citrus, an herb marketplace, and a
rainforest tower above a pond and water garden. Outside visitors can enjoy
perennial and shrub gardens.
: 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
, NY 14214 (716)837-3900.
Burnet Park (Rosamond Gifford) Zoo
- This 23.5 acre urban zoo provides nature-like enclosures for over 1,000 animals
from tigers to tortoises plus 113 invertebrates.
1 Conservation Place off Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse
, NY 13204 (315)435-8511.
Caramoor House Museum and Caramoor Gardens
- Animals from snow leopards to poison dart frogs live in diverse habitats ranging
from exotic tropical rain forests to the familiar northeast woodlands.
149 Girdle Ridge Drive, Katonah
, NY 10536 (914)232-5035.
- This museum, housed in
a Mediterranean-style villa, offers extensive gardens, including the Woodland
Garden, the Sense Circle (a sensory garden built around a fountain and
dovecote), the Butterfly Garden (a fountain surrounded by plants important to
butterfly development), the Sunken Garden (perennial borders surrounding 4
annual beds and statuary), the Tapestry Hedge (a variety of evergreens with
statuary), the Spanish Courtyard (4 triangular gardens around a marble
fountain), and the Cutting Garden.
(Mary Flagler) Cary Arboretum
and Perennial Gardens
: Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Route 44A,
NY 12545-0178 (845)677-5343.
Cathedral Church of
St. John the Divine
- The Gifford House perennial gardens display more
than 850 species of plants arranged by theme or design concept, including a
sunken garden, a small pool, a butterfly garden, a hummingbird garden,
collections of spring bulbs, peonies, lilacs, daylilies, iris, ornamental
grasses, and clematis, the Leonard I. Shankman Rose Garden, a Xeriscape Garden,
a Water Garden, and even a Deer Browse Demonstration Garden. The adjoining 118
acre arboretum, named after its creator, includes specimen trees, sugar maples
and a fern glen.
: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street,
10025 (212)932-7347(tours) or (212)316-7540(general information).
Central Park Rose Garden
- You probably
weren't expecting peacocks, but peacocks wander the Biblical Garden displaying
herbs, flowering plants, trees and shrubs mentioned in the Bible.
Parkway and Wright Avenue, Schenectady
, NY 12309 (518)382-5152.
- This municipal
All America Rose Selections accredited rose garden exhibits over 3,000 bushes.
Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 E. 34th Street, New York
, NY 10016
Clark Botanic Garden
- Not open to the public, this garden was designed by, among
others, horticultural therapists, to create a therapeutic environment for
children with disabilities. Such a nice idea, we thought it worth mentioning.
: 193 IU Willets Road, Albertson
, NY 11507
- This 12 acre park-like garden offers specialty gardens featuring
roses, wildflowers, herbs, daylilies, rock garden plants, dwarf evergreens,
shade plantings, winter gardens, small flowering trees, early and late-flowering
shrubs, massed rhododendrons and azaleas and spring bulbs.
: Friends of
Clermont web site
One Clermont Avenue, Germantown
, NY 12526 (518)537-4240.
Clinton Community Garden
- Home to 7 generations of Livingstons, the 430 acre manor house grounds feature
extensive landscaping, including a lilac walk, ancient oaks and black locusts,
formal gardens, nature trails and scenic vistas.
West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York
, New York 10108
- The Front Garden is a formal garden divided into flower beds,
including one devoted to Native American plants. The Rear Garden is divided into
110 plots for neighborhood residents to plant.
: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fort Tryon Park, North Avenue and
Cabrini Cricle, New York
, NY 10040 (212)923-3700.
- This 4 acre site is devoted to
the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Three gardens provides historically
accurate representation of medieval horticulture.
: Broadway, Saratoga Springs
, NY 12866 (518)587-3550.
The Conservatory Garden
landscaping, gardens, ponds and fountains, ornament this city park containing
several of the famous mineral springs.
: Central Park, East Side from 104th-106th Streets,
, NY 10021 (212)360-8236.
- The Conservatory Garden features six acres of
formal plantings, including Italian and English-style gardens with hundreds of
roses, a wisteria pergola, crabapple allees, bulbs, perennial borders and three
water installations. Built on the former site of a series of conservatories, the
Garden was recently restored by the Central Park Conservancy.
: John Street and
Summit Avenue, Constableville
, NY 13325 (800)724-0242 or (315)397-2323.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County Memorial Garden
historic 17 acre estate with a 14 room limestone mansion, home to 5 generations
of Constables, offers grounds with formal gardens in the pattern of the Cross of
St. Andrew and plants believed to be seedlings from original 1810 plantings.
Clement Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas ("'Twas the night before Christmas")
was written here.
: 24 Martin
, NY 12186 (518)765-3500.
- This educational display garden is
comprised of 23 sections connected with 16 grassy paths. The garden features
Zone 4 and 5 perennials, some annuals and trees and shrubs. Special areas
include a shade Picnic Garden, a Master Gardener Gazebo, an International
Garden, a Blue and White Circle Garden, a Knot Garden, a Cactus and Succulent
Garden, an Ornamental Grass Garden, and an All White Memorial Tribute Garden.
Headquarters Building, One Plantations Road, Ithaca
, NY 14850 (607)255-3020.
Cutler Botanic Garden:
- This is the Arboretum, Botanical Garden and Natural Areas of Cornell University.
The F. R. Newman Arboretum collections includes the Beech Loop, Field Flower
Meadow, the Flowering Shrub Collection (Zucker Shrub Sampler and Harris Lilac
Collection), the Mitchell Woods, the Native Maple Slope, the Nut Tree
Collection, the Oak-Hickory Slope, the Oak-Yew Grove and Magnolia Grove, the Pin
Oak Grove, the Sculpture Garden, the Shrub Dogwood Collection, the Small
Flowering Tree Collection, the Sugar Bush, the Urban Tree Collection and the
Woodland Walk. The Botanical Garden exhibits include the Conifer-Maple Slope,
the Flowers and Decorative Arts Garden, the Groundcover Collection (the
Hillside Garden, North Walk and Shade Garden), the Herb Garden, the Heritage
Vegetable Garden, the International Crop & Weed Garden (Corn Breeding Display
and Iroquois Three Sisters Garden), the Peony and Perennial Garden, the
Rhododendron Collection, the Rock Garden and the Wildflower Garden. In addition
560 acres of on-campus area offers trails, creeks, gorges, a wildflower garden
and a fern walk.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 840 Upper
Front Street, Binghamton
, NY 13905-1500 (607)772-8953.
Delaware Park Japanese
- The Cornell Cooperative
Extension for Broome County operates this lovely garden which offers a gazebo
encircled with shrubs, roses and annuals, collections of perennials and annuals,
the Heritage Garden (vegetables), a Hardy Rose Border, an Herb Garden, a Rock
Garden, a Heath and Heather garden, an Ornamental Grasses Garden.
: Location: Elmwood Avenue and Amherst, Mailing: 2318 Main Street,
, NY 14214 (716)838-1249.
- Delaware Park, a Frederick Law Olmsted designed
public park, offers a 6 acre Japanese Garden, a friendship garden with Buffalo's
sister city of Kanazawa, Japan. Situated on Mirror Lake, the garden features
over 1,000 plantings, nearly 20 globe-type lights, and three small islands
connected to the mainland by bridges. The garden is undergoing a restoration
that will include a new rock garden.
: PepsiCo World Headquarters, Anderson Hill Road,
Dr. Henry V Borst
- This corporate headquarters site is also home to a 68 acre
sculpture garden renovated by Russell Page and displaying renowned sculpture,
gardens and a lily pool.
: North Main Street and East Lewis Avenue,
Ellwanger Garden of the Landmark Society
- This Rockland County Park features an arboretum with formal
gardens and maintained orchards.
: 625 Mt. Hope Avenue,
NY 14608 (585)546-7029.
Fort Klock Historic Restoration
- These gardens of the 19th century horticulturist George
Ellwanger include collections of perennials, roses and trees. Open to the public
during the Lilac Festival, mid-May, and Peony Weekend and at other times by
Route 5 (2 miles east of St. Johnsville), St. Johnsville
, New York 13452
The Frick Collection
- The 30 acre complex has original an 1750 limestone house and
colonial farm structures with a 19th century schoolhouse and Blacksmith's Shop.
: 1 East 70th Street,
, NY 10021-4907 (212)288-0700.
Garden of Fragrance
- This art museum, formerly the impressive
residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, includes an elevated garden with 3
large magnolia trees and a Garden Court.
Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester
, NY 14607-2101
(585)271-4320 or (585)271-1880 (Recording).
Genesee Country Village & Museum
- This garden has Braille signs for
the visually impaired. A fern garden is also located on the grounds.
: 1410 Flint
Hill Road, Mumford
, NY 14511-0310 (585)538-6822.
Geneva on the Lake
- This 19th century country
village offers 12 historic gardens, including the Heirloom Garden (a kitchen
garden), herb gardens, the Livingston-Backus Formal Garden, the Foster-Tufts
Garden (berries and fruits), the Mackay Homestead Garden (cottage garden), the
Amherst- Humphrey Dye Garden, the MacArthur House Garden (flower and vegetable),
the Shaker Garden, and the Octagon House Picturesque Garden.
: 1001 Lochland
Road, Route 14 South, Geneva
, NY 14456-3217 (315)789-7190 or (800)373-6382.
George Eastman House
elegant resort, built in 1910 as a replica of the Lancellotti Villa in Frascati
outside Rome, is situated on manicured grounds featuring symmetrical hedged
gardens and marble statues.
: 900 East Avenue, Rochester
, NY 14607 (585)271-3361.
George Landis Arboretum
- The 12.5
acre estate of George Eastman (of Eastman-Kodak renown) exhibit the influences
of Italian, French and English landscape design. The gardens include the East
Garden and Terrace Garden (an Italian formal design), the Library Garden
(originally a cutting garden), the West Garden (an English walled garden), a
Grape Arbor (250 foot horseshoe shaped) and a restored Rock Garden.
Lape Road (1.5 miles from Route 20), Esperance
, NY 12066 (518)875-6935.
- This 96
acre site displays 2,000 kinds of woody and herbaceous plants, including a rose
garden, a rock garden, a wildflower area, conifers, lilacs, rhododendrons and
1064 Angus Drive, Penn Yan
, NY 14527 (315)536-2556.
Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
- This retail nursery, with views of Lake Seneca,
specializes in hybrid daylilies and grows 1,600 registered varieties.
Walkways, arbors and a rose garden add interest to the display gardens.
: 28 Deveau Road, North Salem
, NY 10560
Home State Historic Site
- The Museum and Garden's mission is to provide links between the
East and the West. The 3 acre Stroll Garden displays a Zen Garden, a Waterfall
Garden, a pond with water lilies, a reflecting pool with stepping stones, a Red
Maple Terrace, Katsura Trees, Cherry Trees, a Mountain Walk, a Fruit Garden, an
Azalea Garden, a Dry Landscape Garden, a Bamboo Garden, and the Island of
: 200 State Route 169, Little Falls
, NY 13365
- This grand Georgian-style mansion of a Revolutionary War hero
includes period gardens.
: 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester
, NY 14620 (585)256-7275.
- Designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted and home to Rochester's Lilac Festival, this splendid park
displays a cornucopia of wonderful plants, including 1200 lilacs, a Japanese
Maple collection, 35 varieties of magnolias, a barberry collection, a rock
garden with dwarf evergreens, 700 varieties of rhododendron, azaleas, mountain
laurel and andromeda, horse chestnuts, spring bulbs and wildflowers and a large
number of trees. The park also features a pansy bed of 10,000 plants designed
into an oval floral "carpet" with a new pattern each year. Lamberton
Conservatory, a 1911 conservatory within the park, offers a Tropical Forest
Display as well as collections of exotic plants, desert plants, economic plants
(such as banana and coffee trees), and house plants. Also within the park,
Warner Castle (a Gothic style residence) features display gardens including a
Sunken Garden, a Shady Border, a Rock Garden, a Courtyard Garden, an Iris and
Daylily Bed, an Old-Fashioned Rose Bed, a Miniature Rose Bed, a Fern Bed and a
13th Century Herb Garden.
129 Hofstra University, Hempstead
, NY 11549-1090 (516)463-6623.
Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary
- The Universitys 240 acre campus is an arboretum displaying over 8,000 evergreen
and deciduous trees representing 425 species and varieties.
: 46 Rarick Road, Selkirk
, NY 12158
Sweet Home Museum
- Headquarters of the Audubon Society of New York, this 138-acre
nature preserve offers a pond, meadows, woodlands, gardens for wildlife and 10
miles of trails.
: 14 James Lane, East Hampton
, NY (516)324-0713.
- A 1680
saltbox was the childhood home of the composer of "Home Sweet Home". An 1840
Windmill is situated in the kitchen and herb gardens surrounding the house.
: Tyrrel Road,
, NY 12545 (845)677-8000.
- This 150 acre basin surrounding a 40 acre
lake is landscaped in a naturalistic Oriental style Chinese style with water
features and statuary.
: Union College Campus, Nott Street, Schenectady
, NY 12308
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan
- Named after a mathematics professor, this garden offers eight
acres of formal gardens and woodlands, including the Robison Herb Garden. Nearby
is the Levine Wildflower Garden.
: 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island
, NY (718) 987-3478.
Jefferson County Historical
- Patterned as a
small Tibetan temple, the grounds showcase terraced sculpture gardens, a lily
and fish pond, and a distant view of the lower Hudson Bay.
: 228 Washington Street, Watertown
, NY 13601-3301 (315)782-3491.
Homestead State Historic Site
19th century mansion and barn are complemented by reconstructed Victorian
gardens. Joan Fuzak Memorial Rose Garden: Erie Basin Marina, 1 Erie Street,
Buffalo, NY 14202 This waterfront hub features an All America Rose Selections
accredited garden with all the latest AARS winners.
: Route 22 (between Route 35 and Bedford
, NY 10536 (914)232-5651.
John P. Humes Japanese Stroll
- Five generations of the Jay family
occupied this house with its herb garden.
: Dogwood Lane, Locust Valley, Mill Neck
, NY 11560 (516) 676-4486.
State Historic Site
4 acre site of deeply wooded land adjacent to a wild life sanctuary uses sloping
terrain, a pond and waterfall, moss terraces, and stepping stones to represent
mountain streams flowing to the ocean. A
Garden Conservancy Garden.
: Hall Avenue, Johnstown
, NY 12095 (518)762-8712.
Headquarters State Historic Site
1760 Colonial house includes landscaped grounds and gardens.
: Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate
, NY 12584
Rockefeller House and Gardens
- This 1754 Georgian style house, used as a Revolutionary War
headquarters, is the site of the Jane Colden Native Plant Sanctuary.
: Pocantico Hills, Sleepy Hollow
, NY 10591
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans' Memorial
- Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit is
enhanced by taking extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, fountains, vistas
of the Hudson River, and a collection of 20th century sculpture.
: Route 35 (3 miles west from
exit 6 on I-684), Somers
, NY (914)864-7268.
Living Wall Garden
- This 208 acre park features
woodlands, trails, an arboretum and the Trail of the Vietnam and Korean
: 5 Toby Street, Naples
, NY 14512 (585)374-2907.
Locust Grove, Samuel F. B. Morse Historic Site
- An outdoor modular
growing system with 65,000 plants.
: 2683 South Road (Route 9),
, NY 12601 (845)454-4500.
- The 150 acre romantically landscaped
grounds at the home of the 19th century artist who invented the telegraph and
Morse Code display his artistic talents. The main house is surrounded by
extensive gardens designed by Morse containing shrubbery, trees and flowers
Scenic vistas, planned by Morse, reveal the spectacular terraced setting, as the
Hudson River glints through the trees on lower tiers. The influence of the
picturesque, Romantic 19th century landscape design is evident.
: 133 Hands Creek
Road, East Hampton
, NY 11937 (633)329-3568.
State Historic Site
- With a dual focus on art and
gardening, the mission of the Longhouse Reserve Garden is to create landscapes
as an art form and to demonstrate planting potentials in this climate with a
variety of plant material.
: 17 Rippleton Road, Box 13, Cazenovia
, NY 13035
Lyndhurst National Historic Site
- An 1807 brick mansion situated on a knoll overlooking Cazenovia
Lake is ornamented by a formal garden and arboretum.
635 South Broadway, Tarrytown
, NY 10591 (914)631-4481.
- The romanticism of the
Gothic Revival style home are incorporated into the grounds designed by
Ferdinand Mangold in the 19th century. Extensive lawns, specimen trees and
planned vistas enhance the naturalistic setting. A greenhouse is undergoing
National Trust for Historic Preservation site.
: 618 Sagaponack Main
, NY (631)537-8200.
- The two acres of gardens include a fountained
laburnum arbor with ivy, a 120-foot rose walk, a Chinese bridge, a privet allee
and a formal vegetable garden.
436A Iravail Road, Leeds
, NY 12451 (518)622-3619.
Park Rose Garden
- This Chinese Buddhist Temple
Complex contains several houses of worship, a seven story pagoda, a Pond of
Life, Dragon Lane and many gardens.
28 Driving Park Avenue, Rochester
, NY. (716)428-6131.
Gardens and Discovery Center
city-owned All America Rose Selections accredited rose garden displays 300
varieties and more than 5000 blooms. Site of the annual three day Maplewood Rose
: Collins Landing Road, Alexandria Bay
, NY 13607
- Mazeland Gardens is an entertainment center of mazes with 2
mazes constructed with arborvitae hedges, one a 1/2 acre in size and the other a
full acre, and 2 mazes with stakes and colored tape to mark the walls.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121, Cross River
, NY (914) 864-7317.
[E. M.] Mills
Memorial Rose Garden and Thornden Park Pinetum
- See also the Luquer-Marble Memorial Wildflower Garden.
A 1/2 acre garden near
the Trailside Museum contains over 100 kinds of wildflowers.
: Thornden Park, Ostrom Avenue
and Univerwsity Place, Syracuse
, NY 13207 (315)473-4330.
Mohonk Mountain House Gardens
- This lovely city rose
garden is an All-America Rose Selections accredited garden. The
Thornden Park Association
advocates for the Park.
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz
, NY 12561-2814 (914)255-1000 or
- Mohonk Mountain House, a remarkable 276 room Victorian castle
resort, offers its guests grounds with extensive formal gardens. 128 gazebos,
: River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson
, NY 12504 (914)758-5461
or (Historic Hudson Valley) (914)631-8200.
Morris Jumel Mansion
- The 434 acre Livingston family estate
with its restored 23 room mansion offers outdoor pleasures of gardens and a
greenhouse, a waterfall, walking trails, and views of the Hudson River and
: Roger Morris Park, 65 Morris Jumel Terrace at 160th
Street (east of St. Nicholas Avenue), Manhattan
, NY 10032 (212)923-8008.
Mount Gulian Historic Site
- Manhattan’s oldest surviving house has a garden. George Washington did sleep
here, but it's Napoleon's bed you will see.
Sterling Street, Beacon
, NY 12508 (845)831-8172.
Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
- This former home of a wealthy
Dutch merchant is ornamented by circa 1804 formal English gardens maintained by
an escaped slave who recorded information about his life and work in a diary.
The garden is undergoing restoration.
: 421 E. 61st Street (between 1st and York),
, NY 10021 (212)838-6878.
Mountain Top Arboretum
- An 1799 carriage house, now a museum, includes a
late-18th-century garden with stone benches.
: Route 23C, Tannersville
, NY 12485 (518)589-3903.
- The 6 acre Mountain Top Arboretum, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains,
displays a labeled collection of both exotic and native trees and shrubs.
Cooperative Extension Office, 28 Parkside Drive, RR2 Box 16A, Ellicottville
New York Botanical Garden
- This wonderful 8 acre site features over 260 species of
trees, plus the Lowe Herb Garden (200 varieties of herbs) as well as an Early
American Garden, an American Indian Garden, a Japanese meditation garden and a
pond with fish, a Culinary Garden, an Industrial Garden, a Fragrance Garden, an
Oriental Garden, a Children's Zoo Garden and a Biblical Garden.
: 200 Street &
Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx
, NY 10458 (718)817-8700.
Oceanside School Six Memorial Botanical Garden and
- This premier 250 acre
botanical gardens (18,000 species, varieties and cultivars) offers gardens
galore, including the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden (with 2,700 bushes), the
Rock Garden (2.5 acres), the Native Plant Garden (9 different northeastern
habitats), the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden, the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb
Garden (a boxwood double knot with 160 American and European herbs), the
Demonstration Gardens (a fragrance garden, a vegetable garden, a cutting garden,
a wildlife garden, a country garden, a shade garden, and autumn garden), and the
Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Special collections include daffodils (100,000
bulbs), daylilies, chrysanthemums, orchids (5000 plants), peonies (42
varieties), ferns and ornamental conifers (7 acres). The Enid A. Haupt
Conservatory is a recently renovated immense Victorian glass conservatory and
offers an ecotour of tropical, subtropical, and desert environments in 11
: 3160 Skillman Avenue, Oceanside
, NY 11572 (516)678-8568.
: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson
, NY 12534 (518)828-0135.
Old Westbury Gardens, Howard
Persian-style home once belonged to Frederic Edwin Church, one of the most
renowned artists of the Hudson River School. The "Picturesque style" landscaped
grounds were designed by the artist as a living landscape painting featuring a
lake and vistas of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River.
: 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
, NY 11568 (516) 333-0048.
Our Lady of
- This 1906 Charles II style mansion features 88 acres of magnificent formal
English style gardens, tree-lined walks, grand allées, ponds, statuary, and
architectural follies. Special features include the Boxwood Garden, the Rose
Trellis, the Primrose Walk, the Lilac Walk, the Walled Garden, the Ghost Walk,
the Cottage Garden, the Linden Allee, the Demonstration Gardens, the Temple of
Love, the Swimming Pool, and the Woodland Walk.
: 1023 Swann Road, Lewistown
, NY 14092 (716)754-7489.
Pace University Arboretum
Catholic shrine with a glass Dome Church with a 13 foot granite statue of Mary
and intensively landscaped grounds graced by over 100 statues and a heart-shaped
: Marks Hall, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road,
, NY 10570 (914)773-3200.
- The Pace University Pleasantville campus
is a new arboretum.
: 25 Job's Lane, Southampton
, NY 11968 (516)283-2118.
Pierpont Morgan Library
- This museum
of American art is surrounded by gardens which display more than 250 different
trees and shrubs and sculpture reproductions from the original Parrish
29 East 36th Street, New York
, NY 10016 (212)685-0008.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
- The Garden Court, a
reception area, is ornamented by trees, hanging vines, and seasonal flowering
plants. A graceful curved roof of glass and steel rises 42 feet above a floor of
Vermont marble and limestone walls.
: 1395 Planting Fields Road
(off Route 106), Oyster Bay,
NY 11771 (516)922-9200 ext.107.
Memorial Rose Garden
- This impressive 409
acre former estate near Oyster Bay, Long Island, features a historic home (Coe
Hall), gardens and greenhouses. Gardens includes the Synoptic Garden (plants
arranged alphabetically), the Dwarf Conifer Garden, and a collection of dahlias.
The greenhouses consist of the Camellia House (camellias), the Main Greenhouse
(seasonal displays), the East Wing (cacti and orchids) and the West Wing (ferns
: Across the street from
Fort Decker, West Main Street, Port Jervis
, NY 12771-0659 ((845)858-4017.
memorial garden is an All America Rose Selections accredited garden. Across the
street at historic Fort Decker
is an historic tree grove and an herb garden.
: 275 Old Niskayuna
, NY 12128 (518)783-1435.
Queens Botanical Garden
- This restored Federal/Greek Revival
home and its ten outbuildings are situated on 5 1/2 acres of grounds featuring
lovely herb and flower gardens with brick walks, painted fences, and a sun dial.
Main Street, Flushing
, NY 11355 (718)886-8600.
- This outstanding 39 acre
botanical garden, including a 21-acre arboretum, provides seasonal displays of
tulips, roses, and annuals, as well as a collection of plants and trees
organized into five teaching collections (the Bird Garden, the Bee Garden, the
Ethnic Garden, the Herb Garden, the Woodland Garden, and the Pinetum) and six
backyard demonstration gardens (include the Beach Garden, Rock Garden, Pergola
Garden, Patio Garden, Wooded Garden and Fountain Garden), plus a Wedding Garden
(a 3 acre English Victorian Garden) and the Charles H. Perkins Memorial Rose
Garden (six acres).
: Hamilton College
Hill Road (Entrance behind Admissions Parking Lot), Clinton
, NY 13323
St. Michael's Episcopal Church Gardens and Arboretum
- This woodland ravine garden is named after the family of Elihu
Root, Nobel Peace Prize winner and iris and daffodil hybridizer, who over three
generations created this woodland ravine garden. The tranquil 7 1/2 acre Glen
displays 65 species of trees (including a 120 foot tall State Champion Norway
Spruce), plus shrubs and dozens of varieties of flowers. The adjacent Grant
Garden features the hybrid peonies of Professor A. P. Saunders.
: 49 Killean Park,
Village of Colonie (Albany)
, NY 12205- (518)869-6417.
Mansion Historic Site
: 32 Catherine Street, Albany
, NY 12202 (518)434-0834.
Shaker Meeting House
- An elegant Georgian style mansion with garden once sheltered George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Alexander Hamilton.
Albany-Shaker Road (1.3 miles west of Exit 4 of I-87), Albany,
- This 770 acre interpretive educational site includes an 1848
Meeting house, eight remaining buildings, fields, apple orchard, Ann Lee Pond
and nature preserve, and the Shaker cemetery.
: Central Park (West side between 79th and 80th Streets),
, NY (212)310-6600.
Sonnenberg Gardens and
- This lovely reconstructed 4 acre cottage garden
sited on a rocky hillside was dedicated to Shakespeare in 1916 on the 300th
anniversary of his death. It displays only plants mentioned in Shakespeare's
: Route 21, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua
, NY 14424
Staten Island Botanical Garden
- This 20 acres of wonderful gardens, a testament to Mary Clark
Thompson and her 90 gardeners, offer a conservatory (tropicals and 200 orchids)
and theme gardens: the Japanese Garden (with stones, water features and a
Buddha), the Rose Garden (patterned beds with 4000 roses), the Sub Rosa Garden
(or Secret Garden with green and white and statuary), the Italian Garden (allees
and 4 sunken gardens with 15,000 annuals), the Old-Fashioned Garden (5
interlocking circles with annuals and perennials), the Rock Garden (a
naturalistic woodland garden with water), the Blue and White Garden, the Pansy
Garden, the Moonlight Garden, the Butterfly Garden and a Reflecting Pond.
: Snug Harbor
Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
, NY 10301 (718)273-8200.
- This site features many lovely gardens, including the Perennial Garden (200
cultivars), the Heritage Rose Garden (a formal garden), the White Garden, the
Pond Garden (marsh plants, swans, ducks, goldfish and turtles), the Herb Garden
(a circular planting surrounded by the Siberian iris collection), the Butterfly
Garden, the Lion's Sensory Garden (accessible), the Victorian Plantings (accent
plantings around points of interest), the Potager Garden (kitchen vegetable
garden), the Plantation (a 750 tree plantation, divided into a Pinetum. Oriental
Flowering Tree and Shrub Collection and a Native Wetland Tree and Shrub
Collection), the Allee (120 European hornbeams) and the Shade Garden. The New
York Chinese Scholar's Garden (enclosed by walls with a series of pavilions) is
the latest edition.
: 2370 East Avenue, Rochester
, NY 14610 (585)546-7029 .
- The museum
demonstrates life at a frontier home and rural tavern. Outside features include
a privy, smokehouse, orchard and garden.
: 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring
, NY 10516 (845)265-2000.
County Farm and Education Center
- This hilltop 40 acre estate showcases a series of gardens, including an enclosed
English-style garden, a woodland garden, a grass garden, and a cliffside rock
garden with steams, pools and a small lake. A conservatory displays miniature
alpine plants and bulbs. Its owners founded the
: Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank
, NY 11980-0129
Horticulture Center: (631)852-4612 or Farm: (631)852-4600.
- A century old working
farm, now run by the Cornell extension as a agricultural education center for
the general public, includes the Nathaniel Talmage Greenhouse, the Butterfly
Garden and the Children’s Garden.
Sunnyside Lane (off Route 9), Tarrytown
, NY 10533 (914)631-3992.
cheerfully named estate with its whimsical house was the home of Washington
Irving features grounds and plantings laid out by Irving himself.
Midwood Road, Loch Sheldrake
, NY 12759 (914)434-2330.
Teatown Lake Reservation
- This company which
includes a Tea Ceremonies school, showcases a landscape and garden with an
1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
, NY 10562-1629 (914)762-2912 ext. 10.
Nature Preserve and Education Center includes Wildflower Island, a 2 acre site
displaying diverse habitats and over 150 species of wildflowers native to the
: 2217 State
Route 17C, Owego
, NY 13827 (607)687-2940.
- This commercial garden center features
a solar-domed conservatory (with waterfalls and tropical plants), a Japanese
garden, Water Gardens, and more.
: 945 North Broadway, Yonkers
, NY (914) 377-6450.
Van Cortlandt Manor
- This 113 acre
city park, once the private gardens of the Graystone Estate with Grecian gardens
with columns and statuary were designed by by William Welles Bosworth, designer
of gardens for Kykuit.
S. Riverside off Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson
, NY 10520 (914)631-3992.
- This living
history museum features an 18th century stone manor house, a tavern, a tenant
house and a brick kiln. The gardens include the "Long Walk" (planted with
historic varieties of tulips) and the kitchen garden planted with historic
varieties of cooking and medicinal herbs.
: 180 Little
Neck Road, Centerport
, NY 11721 (631)854-5555.
Vanderbilt National Historic Site
- Eagle's Nest, home of the
great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, offers 43 acres of landscaped park-like
grounds including the formal Reflecting Pool Garden on the water's edge.
: Route 9,
NY 12538 (845)229-9115 .
Vassar College Arboretum
- The grounds of the mansion have been restored by the
worthy volunteers of the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association, who began
with the perennial level and the 'Cherry Walk', then turned to the stone wall
plantings and the iris beds around the Reflecting Pool. Restoration of the rose
garden involved the planting of 1,400 bushes. Future work is planned on the
Orpheus fountain in the Rose Garden and recreation of panel beds in the upper
: Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie
, NY 12603.
- The 1,000
acre Vassar campus is an arboretum exhibiting more than 200 species of trees.
: West 249th Street and
Independence Avenue, Bronx
, NY 10471 (718)549-3200.
Wethersfield Estate and Gardens
- This former Hudson River
Estate features 28 acres of woodlands and gardens including the Flower Garden
(an extravagant cottage-style garden), the Dry Garden (plants from drier
regions), the Monocot Garden (bananas, asparagus, bamboo, and grasses such as
wheat and corn, as well as lilies, cannas, and daylilies), the Wild Garden
(plants from 5 continents), the Herb Garden, the T. H. Everett Alpine House
(high-altitude and small rock garden plants), the Aquatic Garden (water lilies
and lotuses), an Italianate Pergola, a Conservatory (a Palm House with tender
South African bulbs and other tender plants) and greenhouses (cacti and
succulents and unusual tropical plants).
214 Pugsley Hill Road (off Route 86), Amenia
, NY 12501 (845)373-8037.
Yaddo Rose Gardens
- This colonial
home features formal gardens and sculptures.
: Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
, NY 12866
- These lovely rose gardens on this 400 acre estate (now an
artists community) are patterned after Italian classical gardens and divided
into four beds around a fountain. Overlooking the rose beds are three terraces,
a balcony and a rose-covered pergola. Marble statuary of the four seasons and
youth are displayed, as well as a rock garden featuring natural dolomite rocks,
water features, and flowering perennials and annual. Katrina Trask designed
her garden to be "garden of delight, a garden of romance".