Planting Fields Arboretum is a State Park located on Long Island, NY. It was once a former Gold Coast estate and is now a public arboretum and historic site. It has 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and plant collections.
At any time of the year it is a fantastic place to visit. But in February, the real show is the Camellias.
Planting Fields is the home to the Camellia Greenhouse, designed by Lowell & Sargent/Olmsted Bros. in 1917-1922. Today it houses over 300 plants, some of them from the original collection brought over from England in the early 1900’s.
Looking around at all the different varieties, I couldn’t help but be amazed at this incredible plant and gorgeous flowers.
If you live in the area, Planting Fields is holding a Camellia Weekend festival in a few weeks. Check out their website for more details: http://www.plantingfields.org
Even if you miss the festival, I still recommend you go to the greenhouse to see the Camellias. They certainly brighten up a winter day!