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A Hidden Gem In Our Back Yard

Bailey Arboretum is ideal

for outdoor exploration

Bailey Arboretum is a hidden gem that is located well within the confines of Lattingtown, just outside of Locust Valley.

Originally named after self-made millionaire Frank Bailey, the 42-acre property was given to Nassau County in 1967 by the Vanneck Bailey Foundation. It is maintained by the Friends of Bailey Arboretum. Located on Bayville Road, the county property is open to the public 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is the perfect place for an event,” said Alice Matthaei, event coordinator at Bailey. “We have educational classes and programs, nature walks, wildlife programs and many other public events.”

Events include Family Day, the Pumpkin Festival in October and fundraising events such as the Summer Solstice Party, Biergarten Party and Autumn Festival Party, as well as a membership drive and annual appeal. There are plans to create a family spring egg hunt and an event in December.

Just recently the arboretum had its Family Day event on June 1, which was very well attended with more than 100 people coming down for games, fun and a scrumptious outdoor barbeque.  

“People can rent the whole house for weddings, bridal showers and after-burial luncheons,” said Matthaei. “Without these type of events, Bailey’s would not be able to exist because we are a non-for-profit organization.”

Mike Maron, who is superintendent of Bailey Arboretum, helps run the educational programs and is in charge of one of the finest Girl Scouts survival challenges in the country sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

New tweaks were added to the survival challenge this year, with the Girl Scouts participating in Bear Bags (throwing a rope over a 10-foot high branch), fire making, shelter building, the burrito hypo-wrap (to prevent against hypothermia) and the rope course.

Facilities on the property include the main house, which has three floors of rooms used for meetings, events and private functions. The educational building contains a classroom for nature studies and wildlife forums.  

The children’s habitat has a natural playground for young children and there are two gardens located adjacent to the habitat. The Secret Garden was at one time Long Island’s only sensory garden and it is considered a special stop off after first arriving at Bailey. The Bog Garden has beautiful flowers and plants and is one of the main wet areas of the property.

The German castle, which was first made for Bailey’s daughter, is located within the Bog Garden and is a known favorite for children.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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