Clark Botanic Garden
193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson


This botanic garden is located on the former estate of Grenville Clark, a noted Wall Street attorney, author, and advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was heir to a banking and railroad fortune.

He studied law and politics at Harvard.

He was an outspoken critic of Senator Joseph McCarthy, author, and campaigner for civil rights. He founded the Military Training Camps Association, was chairman of the National Emergency Committee for Selective Service, and organizer of the National Economy League.

1950s  -- He wrote two books on his plans for peace through federalism  -- A Plan for Peace and World Peace Through World Law.

1966 -- he donated his home to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in memory of his late wife, Fanny Dwight Clark, an avid gardener, bird watcher, and nature lover.

1985  --  the US Post Office brings out a stamp honoring one of the country's greatest advocates of world peace -- Grenville Clark -- as part of the Great American Stamp Series.  

Ongoing Today  --  Clark's peace ideals continue to be promoted and taught through grants and awards of the Grenville Clark Fund at Dartmouth College.

(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island;


Open year-round and free to the public, the garden features 12 acres of specialty gardens with shrubs, ponds, streams, uncommon small trees, unusual annuals, perennials and rose. There are free concerts during the summer and Sunday garden tours from May–October. Hours are 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily and closed weekends during January and February.

The garden also offers educational programs and a Plant Clinic staffed by master gardeners.