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Old Westbury Gardens

Photograph © Old Westbury Gardens/Vince Kish
Photograph © Old Westbury Gardens/Vince Kish
Photograph © Old Westbury Gardens/Vince Kish
A 1904 house, in the the style of Charles II, with a garden made at the same time.The owner's wife, and his architect, were English. The garden is well proportioned and well detailed, inspired by an eclectic range of features from English gardens together with some from France and Holland. Grounds include sweeping lawns, wooded trails, grand allées and wooded trails with over 100 varieties of trees, meadows, lakes, fountains and statuary, and a charming thatched cottage. Gardens include a primrose path, rose garden, lilac path, boxwood garden, demonstration gardens, cottage garden, and a 2 ½ acre walled garden set into the woods.


The John S. Phipps estate was built between 1904 and 1906. It includes a 66 room, Charles II-style mansion and 200 acres. Old Westbury Gardens opened in the spring of 1959.

Plants of note

Wildflowers, Cherry Trees,Wisteria, Lilacs, Tulips, Forget-Me-Nots, Rhododendron, Primrose, Dahlias, Iris, Dogwood, English Roses, Delphinium, Hollyhocks,Water Lillies

71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, New York, USA, NY 11568

Open daily (except Tuesdays) late April through October, Weekends in November, and for a two week Holiday Celebration in December, 10am to 5pm

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  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Wonderful Garden to visit for a most pleasant stroll. V. Kish seems to be quite an accomplished photographer as he captures the beauty of the Gardens with his delicate eye for detail.
  • almost 8 years by Rena 5 / 5

    Very nice garden with beautiful mansion where you can have a guided tour or explore it by yourselves. Probably, the better time to visit is in June-July when roses are blooming. We were there in August so no roses, but the rest of the garden was full of other wonderful flowers and we enjoyed it very much.

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