Last Friday I joined a group of artist friends at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay. It is a former Gold Coast estate which belonged to the family of William Robertson Coe since 1913. The grounds and mansion are really lovely.
There was an orchid show going on and we roamed around that taking lots of photos, and some of my friends bought orchid plants. I resisted because I don't have the light to grow anything indoors, so it would be a waste for me. Here are a few of the gorgeous orchids we saw.
Next we headed over to the walled garden behind the Tea House. I have been to this arboretum several times and this was the first time the tea house was open to the public. It was designed by Elsie de Wolfe and there are murals and art decorating the walls, the furniture and the lights.
Finally we did get to paint in the garden. Right now the trees inside the garden and outside were in glorious bloom, so I tried to include some of that with a view toward one of the side gates.