Visitors will have a lot to look forward to this season at the world-renowned Old Westbury Gardens! As of April 1st, the Gardens were re-opened to the public with required reservations, which can be made in advance online. In addition to 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes to enjoy, the Old Westbury Gardens team is offering a series of new, captivating programs to engage visitors’ horticultural, artistic and historic passions! The line-up will kick-off next month with a brand-new inaugural Garden Days event, followed by the launch of The Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens, and made complete by the return of the popular Poetica Musica Concert series.
“It has been an unprecedented year, but, we’ve all come to find comfort in the outdoors, and especially beautiful Gardens,” said Nancy Costopulos, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens. “We are thrilled to welcome guests back, and we are looking forward to launching our new special weekend event to bring garden lovers together to share in the love and knowledge of gardening.”
From Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th, Old Westbury Gardens will host its first-ever Garden Days event. On Saturday, June 12th, the Gardens will feature an exclusive collection of vendors from across the Northeast. In addition, noted designer Christopher Spitzmiller will be signing his new book, A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends. Visitors will have access to unique and rare perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties, decorative garden furniture, urns, statuary, and horticultural curiosities. Regional garden enthusiasts who attend will discover innovative trends in horticulture and ornamental gardening. Exclusive tours of private gardens of the North Shore will also be available on Sunday, June 13th, with more information available in the coming weeks.
Another brand-new exhibit coming this season will be The Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens, which arrives on Saturday, June 19th. Visitors of all ages will be amazed by the outdoor G-gauge railroad display, featuring exquisite model trains chugging along a landscaped backdrop. The exhibit will be complete with an artful replica of Westbury House and other iconic Long Island country homes, created specifically for Old Westbury Gardens. The attraction will run through Monday, September 6th, and be included with the price of admission.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome The Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens! I think visitors will really enjoy the stunning trains, and especially the replica of Westbury House. It’s the perfect attraction to have outdoors this season, and we’re pleased to offer something visitors can really look forward to after a scaled-back season last year,” added Costopulos.
Lastly, visitors will be pleased by the return of the popular Poetica Musica Concert series. On Saturday, May 22ns at 7:00 p.m., Just We Three will perform the works of Bach, Mozart, and Durufle, followed by Serenade of Strings, set to perform the works of Dvorak and Borodin on Saturday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for both concerts are $20.00 for students, seniors and members, and $25.00 for general admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, with limited supply available. While visitors will have unlimited access to the Gardens this season, the Westbury House will reopen June 1st.
For regular updates, additional information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.oldwestburygardens.org. General admission to Old Westbury Gardens is $14; senior admission is $12; full-time students with valid ID $12; children’s admission for ages 7-17 is $8; children six and under and Old Westbury Gardens members are free. Visitor Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Tuesday) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend.