Whether bringing the kids along or just enjoying a mom’s day out, Suffolk County boasts several botanical gardens that provide a perfect afternoon to relax and revel in the beauty of plants, flowers, water features, and even sculptures. Here are four of our favorite botanical gardens in Suffolk County to explore.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Situated right on the Connetquot River, there are 5 nature walks on this 690 acre estate, a gift shop, a café, and even a guided tour of the manor (by appointment). The arboretum is home to many bird species and has a large dahlia garden maintained by the Long Island Dahlia Society which offers flower shows each Fall.
When: November 1st through March 31st 10 am-4 pm, April 1st through October 31st 10 am-5 pm. Closed Mondays and all winter holidays.
How Much: $8 per car in season
Where: 440 Montauk highway, Great River, NY
Contact Info: 631-581-1002
Bridge Gardens is a 5 acre oasis with a collection of 800 roses, animal topiaries, perennial beds, and a water garden. They also offer monthly workshops and activities.
When: April 11th through May 25th and September 4th through October 31st — Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 12 pm-4 pm. May 26th through September 3rd — Wednesday and Thursday 12 pm-5 pm, Friday 12 pm-dusk, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 12 pm-4 pm.
How Much: $10 for adults or $20 per family.
Where: 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, NY
Contact Info: 631-283-3195
Longhouse Reserve is a museum, garden, and sculpture park all in one. Encompassing 16 acres, it has color coordinated gardens, strolling paths, and ponds. The Art in the Garden sculpture garden features more than 60 contemporary sculptures including one by Yoko Ono. They offer school tours and family activities.
When: Open April 28th through October 6th Wednesday and Saturday 2 pm-5 pm. July through August Wednesday through Saturday 2 pm-5 pm.
How Much: $10 adults, Children under 12 are free.
Where: 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY
Contact Info: 631-329-3568
Once voted one of “America’s Top Ten Gardens,” by Homestyle magazine, this very artistic garden features a 120 foot rose walkway and is rich with literary and artistic history. The New York Times described it as “an ever changing masterpiece.”
When: Open May 15th through September 15th Friday and Saturday 12 pm-4 pm
How Much: $10 admission
Where: 618 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack, NY
Contact Info: 631-537-8200
By Debra Ferrie