Bailey Arboretum

Bayville Rd. and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown

(516) 571-8020


Directions:

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 41 north (NY 106/NY107) in Jericho; drive 4.2 miles on Route 107 north (which becomes Cedar Swamp Road) and turn right onto Route 25A/Northern Boulevard; drive 0.9 of a mile and turn left (north) onto Wolver Hollow Road; drive 1.5 miles and turn right (east) onto Chicken Valley Road (which becomes Oyster Bay Road); drive 2.6 miles and turn right (north) onto Bayville Road; drive 0.6 of a mile to the arboretum on the right (east) side of the road.


The Nassau County Parks Department says:

Formerly the summer estate of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bailey, the 42-acre Bailey Arboretum ranks among the more unique park offerings in Nassau County. From 1912 to the time of their deaths (after which, in 1968, the County acquired the estate), the Baileys enjoyed the property to the fullest, assembling an impressive collection of plants and trees from other parts of the country and the world. A life-long enthusiast of the plant world with a particular penchant for trees, Bailey gathered more than 600 different kinds of fauna which he grew successfully in the temperate climate of Long Island.

The extensive property is filled with exotic trees such as the Dwarf Nikko Fir of Japan, the Blue Atlas Cedar of North Africa, and the Dawn Redwood of China. A small area adjacent to a larger pond fosters the growth of giant tulip trees, oaks, and maples, many of which are more than a century old and are native to Long Island.

Special garden variety collections include perennials, ground covers for shade, and the sensory garden. The main house, originally built in the mid-Nineteenth Century, has been redecorated for use by garden clubs and other conservation-related organizations at a daily fee; reservations are required. Operating hours vary according to season; call ahead to verify times.