Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Queens

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When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcomes all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Sweetbriar Nature Center

62 Eckerkamp Dr, Smithtown, NY 11787

Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field, and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.

Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568

Opened to the public in 1959 with the mission of preserving a part of Long Island’s heritage, Old Westbury Gardens is an extraordinary example of a gracious era. The estate includes over 70 acres of landscaped formal and informal gardens. An additional 160 acres of fields and woodlands surround the estate.

Clark Botanic Garden

193 I U Willets Rd, Albertson, NY 11507

Founded in 1969, Clark Botanic Garden is a 12-acre living museum and educational facility. We are dedicated to understanding and appreciating the world’s plant life through horticulture, education, and research. Collections at the garden include native spring wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs, butterfly plants, medicinal plants, and over a dozen collections of particular plant families.

Bailey Arboretum

194 Bayville Rd, Lattingtown, NY 11560

In 1911 Frank Bailey purchased his summer retreat, and a one-hundred-year-old house later called Munnysunk, along with 40 plus acres in Locust Valley, NY.  Frank Bailey was a remarkable man who overcame life’s obstacles to find wealth, health, happiness, and to leave a living legacy. Frank Bailey was a self-taught horticulturalists and a true experimental scientist, creating one of America’s first private garden museums, a site for professional and amateur gardeners from around the world.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

151 Brookdale Rd, Stamford, CT 06903

The mission of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is to cultivate and develop a diverse collection of trees, gardens, and plants for all to explore, enjoy and study; and to provide, through education and stewardship, a greener, healthier, more beautiful environment.

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