Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summertime at the Beautiful Old Westbury Gardens-Old Westbury, Long Island, NY

Old Westbury Gardens
After some time, I was able to re-visit one of my favorite garden places, Old Westbury Gardens, located in the town of Old Westbury on the north shore of Long Island. As you may have read in one of my earlier posts, the grounds were the former home of John S. Phipps along with his wife Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. John Phipps (1874–1958) was an American lawyer and businessman and heir to the Phipps family fortune, along with being a shareholder of his father-in-law's Grace Shipping Lines. He was also director of the Hanover BankUnited States Steel Corporation and W. R. Grace & Company. Phipps had purchased the 160-acre Quaker farm on Long Island where he built a large mansion surrounded by breathtaking gardens. The daughter of John and Margarita Phipps re-opened the vast estate following the death of her parents and it is currently run as a non-profit organization open to the public.
Old Westbury Mansion
Since the beauty of these magnificent gardens goes beyond words, let me guide you through a pictorial tour with brief captions explaining each capture. The photographs to follow were taken of the gardens during the month of July. I hope you enjoy the virtual visit! 
Old Westbury Gardens Fern Planter on the back balcony.

Old Westbury Gardens Roman Style Reflecting Pool Behind Lake

Canadian Goose Resident

Pergola Covered Walkway Through to Rose Garden

This Thatched Cottage along the Way was the playhouse of the only Phipps daughter, Peggie, which was presented to her for her tenth birthday.

Continue along the walkway to Rose Garden.

Rose Garden Surrounded by Boxwood Hedge

Tea Roses in the Garden

The Walled Garden at Old Westbury Gardens during the month of July with a multitude of flowering plants, including Russian Sage and Various Lillies.

Central Fountain located in the Walled Garden Old Westbury Gardens

Walled Garden in July at Old Westbury Gardens. The area is surrounded by high brick walls entered into through decorative iron gates. Gardens are separated into rooms with an English style flair.

Along the garden wall is Hemerocallis Elegant Candy at the Old Westbury Gardens.

Hemerocallis Elegant Candy at Old Westbury Gardens

Echinacea Ruby Star at Old Westbury Gardens

Dahlia at Old Westbury Gardens

Gazebo at the Walled Garden at Old Westbury Gardens

Gazebo and Lake at Walled Garden Old Westbury Gardens

Water Lilies at Old Westbury Gardens

Water Lilies at Old Westbury Gardens

Statue at Old Westbury Gardens in the Allee

Old Westbury Gardens View of Back of Mansion from Allee

Swimming Pool Behind Westbury Mansion

Bridge to Temple of Love

View from Bridge

Local Wildlife-A Turtle Visitor
The Temple of Love at the Old Westbury Gardens. The masonry and wrought iron structure overlooks the lake behind the mansion.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”― Audrey Hepburn. I think the Phipps had this in mind when they created this beautiful place. I hope you enjoyed the charming Old Westbury Gardens in July. For more information visit their website at Old Westbury Gardens.

As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2018. All rights reserved 


  1. What an elegant garden. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. That Canada Goose is a poor substitute for a swan. I figure you loaded the wrong picture because I know you know the difference between a Swan and Canada Goose. Wouldn't you love to have a play house like that in the garden? I would.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the tour Lisa. Too funny about the Canadian Goose. I originally had a photo of a swan, but the Canadian Goose one actually came out better...forgot to change the caption! Yes...the play house is every little girl's dream!

  2. It looks really great and I appreciate your work to capture these beautiful pics. Thank you

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the virtual tour Carol. I am happy to share!

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    1. I enjoy them every time I go. They are always changing and beautiful in all seasons. I am glad you enjoyed the photos!

  5. I loved this virtual visit, Lee. Your photos show the beauty of the Old Westbury gardens. I especially liked the gazebo at the walled garden, bridge to the temple,swimming pond and fountain.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the gardens Nadezda. The gazebo and Walled Garden happen to be my favorites as well! I can never get enough!

  6. Another beautiful garden tour, Lee. Love the elegant structures. Your pictures are stunning! P. x


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