Spring is just about here so you know what that means: brighter days, warmer weather, and lots of budding flowers! If you have yet to visit one of Long Island’s Gold Coast Estates or seasonal bloom gardens, there has never been a better time than the 2023 season. Here are a few of our favorite places to stop and smell the roses (as well as the tulips, daylilies, dahlias, lavender, etc.). Be sure to check each location’s website prior to attending for the latest information on hours of operation, special exhibits, ticket pricing, etc.
Landcraft Garden Foundation (Mattituck)
Located in the heart of the North Fork’s wine region on Long Island’s East End, the Landcraft Gardens were established in 1992 by founders Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith when they purchased 17 acres of land surrounding an 1840’s-era farmhouse. Their initial goals were to create an exuberant garden of unusual or little-known plants, featuring them within a framework of innovative design while also providing an environment for trialing new and exotic plant material. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in a unique resource and living laboratory exhibiting extensive plant collections, celebrating the diversity of horticulture and design, and providing a place to explore human connection with the natural world.
Hours: The Garden will open for the season on Friday, May 5. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Getting there: Take the LIRR Mattituck Station, and then arrange for a rideshare service or bring a bike.
4 minute rideshare or taxi ride from Mattituck
Bridge Gardens (Bridgehampton)
Just a five-minute walk from the LIRR’s Bridgehampton Station, Bridge Gardens is nothing short of a five-acre gem. This distinct public and demonstration garden features mysterious hedgerows, a wide variety of perennial and annual flowers and shrubs, and a unique 4-quadrant herb garden with culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile/dye plants.
Hours: Open to the public 7-days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Getting there: Bridge Gardens is conveniently located around the block from the LIRR station in Bridgehampton.
5 minute walk from Bridgehampton
Lavender by the Bay (East Marion)
Family run for over 15 years, the farm at Lavender by the Bay features 20 varieties of English and French lavender, yielding over 80,000 plants for cultivation. Seasonal offerings include freshly cut bunches, lavender plants and lavender honey, made on-property at the farm’s apiary. Be sure to check the website for peak bloom times and more information.
Hours: Open to the public starting in April and May (visitors welcome on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), open 7-days per week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from June-September.
Getting there: Take the LIRR to Greenport and arrange for a rideshare from there which will take approximately 7 minutes.
7 minute rideshare from Greenport
LongHouse Reserve (East Hampton)
Founded by Jack Lenor Larson in 1975, LongHouse Reserve encompasses nearly 16 acres of East Hampton Township’s great Northwest Woods. Art-focused landscapes demonstrate the planting potential in this climate featuring a wide variety of natural and cultivated species. It’s an interesting look at the relationship between nature, humans, and art.
Hours: Opens to the public April 1st
Getting there: Take the LIRR to East Hampton station, and then utilize taxi/rideshare services or tote a bicycle to the reserve which is approximately 1.5 miles away.
4 minute rideshare or taxi ride from East Hampton
Gold Coast Mansions & Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens (Old Westbury)
Explore the many vibrant gardens across the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens, including the Rose Garden, Demonstration Garden, North and South Allées, and the stunning Walled Garden. This estate has made many famous cameos in movies as well, such as Cruel Intentions, Hitch, and North by Northwest, so be sure to take pictures in everyone’s favorite film spots!
Hours: Opens to the public April 1, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Getting there: Take the LIRR to Westbury Train Station, where you can hail a cab or arrange for a rideshare service to and from the location, which is approximately 2 miles from the train station.
8 minute rideshare or taxi from Westbury
Sands Point Preserve (Sands Point)
A visit to Sands Point Preserve is an experience of historic grandeur and luxury. Guests can tour the castle-like Hempstead House and Castle Gould, which both have magnificent views of the Long Island Sound year-round. But springtime visits bring the bright rose gardens to life! You can also find stunning nature trails and hiking paths across the preserves sprawling 216 acres.
Hours: Winter hours in effect through March 28th (Wednesdays through Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Spring hours begin March 29th (Wednesdays through Saturdays: 11 a.m.– 6 p.m., Sundays & Memorial Day: 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.)
Getting there: Take the LIRR to Port Washington and utilize a rideshare service to and from the preserve which is located approximately 3-miles away.
9 minute rideshare or taxi ride from Port Washington
Planting Fields Arboretum (Oyster Bay)
Originally landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers, Planting Fields features 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and outstanding plant collections. Most famous for its Italian Garden and Dahlias, this destination offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The original historic estate buildings remain intact including Coe Hall, a 65-room Tudor Revival mansion designed by Walker & Gillette. Planting Fields is included in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic sites worthy of preservation.
Hours: The park is open to the public every day from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Getting there: Take the LIRR to Oyster Bay and then utilize your bike or arrange for a rideshare service to complete the 1.5-mile journey to Planting Fields.
4 minute rideshare or taxi ride from Oyster Bay
Looking for more springtime inspiration? Check out last year's spring preview from Discover Long Island!