Friday, October 1, 2021

Planting Fields Arboretum: A Late Summer Stroll

Planting Fields Arboretum

Welcome to This Month in the Garden! After many years of not getting to visit Planting Fields Arboretum due to a busy schedule and the pandemic, I was finally able to take a relaxing day for myself and a friend to return to this beautiful place. Strolling the grounds in late summer was just what the doctor ordered to have some peace of mind and the visit was just as I had remembered it back from some time ago. 
Planting Fields Arboretum Coe Hall West Portico
First built in 1904 by prominent New Yorker James Bryne, Planting Fields Arboretum is a 409-acre Gold Coast Era Estate located in Oyster Bay on the North Shore of Long Island. The mansion and grounds were purchased as a spring country home by William Robertson Coe and his wife Mary "Mai" Huttleston Coe in 1913. After spending many seasons at their Long Island estate, William R. Coe deeded Planting Fields to the State of New York in the early 1950's and the mansion and grounds are now listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The West Portico of Coe Hall (seen above) is one of the most striking architectural features at Planting Fields, 
Main Greenhouse
There are two greenhouses on the premises. The main greenhouse, built between 1914 and 1929, is a double-story housing a multitude of beautiful tropical plants, including Staghorn Fern, orchards, ferns, Croton, Hibiscus, bromeliads, Bird of Paradise, Banana trees and succulents. A second greenhouse (1917) houses over 200 camellias which are in full flower generally from late January through early March.
Paul Callahan Dahlia Garden
One of the best features of the gardens is the Paul Callahan Dahlia Garden, constructed in 1998 and maintained by the Mid Island Dahlia Society.   It is known to be one of the largest and most spectacular dahlia gardens in the northeast.
Dahlia Garden
Come take a closer look of some of the many varieties of Dahlias!
 Dinner Plate Dahlia 'Kelvin Floodlight'

Dinner Plate Dahlia 'Peaches & Cream'

Long Island Daylily Society Display Garden

Daylily Garden
The Long Island Daylily Society maintains this lovely garden, which is in full bloom during mid-late summer.
Daylily Garden
Numerous varieties of Daylily are maintained here, along with some Echinacea along the border for an extra punch!
Ruffled Daylily

Coe Hall Planting Fields
William Robertson and Mai Coe built their country home, Coe Hall (1918-1921), to resemble a 400-year-old English manor, along with two greenhouses, hay barn and stables. The landscape was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted. After a fire had destroyed the original mansion, ground was broken for the new Coe Hall in the fall of 1918.
Coe Hall 
Here is the back of the mansion, which leads out to the gardens.
Italian Garden
This Italian Garden was originally created by Mai Rogers Coe back in 1913 as one of her favorite places to stroll. There is a central reflecting pool with evergreens, flowering shrubs and over 40 varieties of perennials that bloom sequentially throughout the year.
Italian Garden

Italian Garden & Tea House
Built in 1915, the tea house at Planting Fields is part of the estate's Italian Garden, where it was built for the Mrs. Coe to enjoy tea while overlooking the garden.
Italian Garden

Planting Fields Arboretum 
This magnificent bronze sculpture can be seen on the Great Lawn of the estate.
Late Summer Hydrangea

The gardens provide interest during every season of the year. In late summer, hydrangea are the highlight!
Hydrangea along Perennial Walk
The Hydrangea were in bloom for this visit, but come back in summer for the roses! Planting Fields is beautiful every time of year, even in winter!
Planting Fields Arboretum
I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden and views of Planting Fields! Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! (Linking with: Floral FridaysMacro Monday 2Ruby Tuesday and Image-in-ing Weekly Photo Link-Up.


  1. Lee, a lovely plant-rich Plantings Fields Arboretum. It is so good that Mid Island Dahlia Society is keeping this garden in excellent condition. I liked the dahlias and the Italian Garden. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the views of Planting Fields Nadezda. It is wonderful to have such a beautiful place so close by and that the volunteers work so hard to keep it looking that way.


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