We all know that the beauty of nature is all around us, right? How often though is what we see on the Post campus or Long Island really recognized as being something to marvel at. In other words, when do we stop wanting to see all the beautiful wonders of the world and start appreciating what’s in our own backyard.
Having been to a few gardens outside of the United States, I have to say that I was happily surprised to find out that the gardens at Old Westbury are being honored by the Four Seasons as one of their three most beautiful public gardens in the world. That trumps Versailles, the Queen’s Garden in London and how many countless others.
The gardens are going to be featured in the Four Seasons Hotel in-room magazine and will provide an avenue for this beautiful botanical display to get some real national and international attention. Honestly, I’m not sure about anyone else, but I couldn’t be any happier. In case you’ve never visited the grounds, let me just provide a little background…
While I know that the formerly private estate is not in Brookville, it isn’t too far away, located on Old Westbury Road, it’s right off the Long Island Expressway. (Hint, hint, for anyone living on campus or that commutes this is a good way to spend a day…) The house and gardens themselves sit on 200 acres of property comprised of ponds, lakes, woodlands, formal gardens and landscaped grounds. There are guided tours along with various other different events that the gardens host: from gardening classes to pop concert series and classic car shows, or you can just simply go for a stroll.
There are so many different varieties of plants and flowers there (the archway covered in roses is my personal favorite.) it’s so easy to get lost wandering around in all the beauty. With spring slowly making its way into our lives, I’m sure there will be new buds popping up all over the place.
Beginning on April 2nd, the Old Westbury gardens will be open to the public on weekends and then on weekdays too starting on April 25th. Check it out! 🙂 See you next week!