Spring is the season of new beginnings: flowers bloom, bees pollinate and all the colors change from brown to green. From flourishing gardens to picturesque parks, there’s no shortage of natural beauty around these parts. Five picture perfect Long Island spring landscapes were made for new adventures (and Instagram snaps).
Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack
An enchanting garden with “English bones and American flesh,” the two-acre space is filled with beautiful plants and sculptures. The Gingko Grove, perhaps painter and writer Robert Dash’s greatest contribution to 20th century design, has been around for almost 40 years. Eleven prehistoric trees grow like flagpoles with box balls planted underneath and are situated in the middle of a winding pathway. They are definitely a sight to be seen. Go.
Argyle Lake Park, Babylon
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The quaint park located in the heart of Babylon village is a go-to spot for fishing and walking with two-legged and four-legged best friends. There is also a bicycle trail that goes around the lake and a waterfall with a small bridge perfect for festive photographs. Go.
Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury
The walled garden at Old Westbury, lovingly cared for in dedication to Margarita Grace Phipps, wife of John Phipps whose shipping fortune built the estate. This Italianate garden with trees trained to grow in the shape of candelabras is one of many gardens and hidden classical pleasure groves found on the estate. The public has been able to roam the house and gardens since 1958 thanks to daughter Margaret Boegner whose vision to open the home quickly became a reality.
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Scenic views, impressive architecture and 200 acres of formal gardens, ponds and lakes are just a few of the reasons Old Westbury Gardens is so sought-after. Another: relaxation is guaranteed. Go.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River
Originally a vast wooded area filled with oak trees is now home to five nature walks with wildflowers, daffodils, azaleas, evergreens, rhododendron and hollies. Between the site’s ponds and streamlets, visitors can catch a glimpse of aquatic birds, foxes, raccoons and other small wildlife. Go.
Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon
Stroll through the 400-acre park filled with multiple biking, boating and fishing outlets. This time of year, lakeside picnics are a great way to experience waterfront eating, equipped with charcoal grills and picnic pavilions available for rent. Go.