Oyster Bay, NY – May 2018 – Running of the Brides at Planting Fields Arboretum

Our next stop of Long Island North Shore former estates is the Planting Fields Arboretum. As with the others it was an estate for a wealthy New York City resident – William Robertson Coe. William took an easier route to wealth, he married into it.

The Coe’s were avid gardeners, hiring renown landscape artists to design the estate. In the mid 1950s it became a temporary campus for the State University of New York, but finally in the mid 1960s it became an arboretum.

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One of the more interesting features is a tunnel of evergreens.

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Eventually we went into the greenhouses and were met with a nice collection of flowers and plants.

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We left the greenhouses and made our way over to the Italian Gardens.

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Nearby is the mansion, which in keeping with the theme of the day was closed to visitors.

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As we returned to the Italian Gardens we first met the ‘running of the brides’. Apparently this is a very popular place for wedding photography, and for the rest of the afternoon we were dodging brides.

We saw about 10 different wedding groups (on a Tuesday afternoon)!

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Finally we left the wedding parties and moved to another greenhouse.

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Our wedding day complete, we went back into the town of Oyster Bay where we were greeted with a great statue of their favorite son, Teddy Roosevelt.

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Willoughby, Ohio – August 2017 – Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum is located outside of Cleveland, offering a collection of gardens as one of the largest arboretums in America. Recently they have added a couple of features, the Canopy Walk and the Observation Tower.

The Canopy Walk allows you to observe the forest from 65′ above the ground on suspension bridges between towers.

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The Observation Tower, over 100′ high, offers views above the trees, as well as Lake Erie off in the distance.

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After our tree top adventure, we toured the remainder of the gardens.

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