Long Island Gardens and Trails
As a newly retired teacher, I was able to enjoy the beauty of the season of fall through fresh eyes. When your a teacher, fall means one thing- Back to School! I soon discovered that fall is pretty nice, especially in my own backyard of Long Island.
I had become a member of Old Westbury Gardens and fall weekends were great for enjoying the Dog Days at the Garden. The dogs like that it’s a little cooler and the Garden is still a great place to roam.
I used my strategy of Things to do Near Me to find more places we could roam. I discovered Bailey Arboretum and Clark Botanic Garden. They are great places to stroll and appreciate the beauty of Long Island.
Bailey Arboretum is located on the North Shore of Long Island in Lattingtown, N.Y. There’s 42 acres of trails and gardens and you can visit throughout the year for free. They do have events such as Family Day and Popcorn and Pajamas. My husband and I enjoyed getting lost along the leaf littered trails and enjoying all the beauty fall has to offer here on Long Island.
Clark Botanic Garden is a 12- acre botanic garden located in Albertson, N.Y. The garden has thousands of species of plants, specialty gardens , two ponds, and a wonderful gift shop.The gift shop closes for the winter and reopens April 1, 2020. They accept voluntary donations and do have a membership program. My husband and I enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll through the gardens, trails, and around the ponds. We are looking forward to enjoying the season of spring at the garden and may attend some of the upcoming events listed on their website: Let’s Chat about our Garden; Poetry at the Gardens; Yoga at the Garden.
Being retired on Long Island allows me to enjoy all the beauty each season offers. Fall is a beautiful season and I can now see it’s a lot more than the back to school season. The spring season will be here shortly and it will be delightful to view it as a new beginning and a season of hope without it turning into a countdown to the final days of the school year!