Arbor Day Family Festival
If you want to see how the other half lived, a visit to Planting Fields and Coe Hall – one of the last fully intact Gold Cost estates, built with the money of Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe and her insurance magnate husband – is always in order. But it may never be more family-friendly than during Planting Hill’s annual Arbor Day Family Festival, this Saturday and Sunday.
The Arbor Day Family Festival has pretty much everything a family could want -- Face painting, National Circus Project, Caricaturists, Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, Live Music, Tree Seedling Giveways, Petting Zoo, L.I. Railway Association, Smokey Bear and more. The Festival is both Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 (11 AM to 4 PM), rain or shine. Admission is $20 per car load (however loaded the car); once in the door, all activities are free, including admission to Coe Hall (the estate’s 67-room Tudor revival Mansion), which is regularly $4 a person.
While Arbor Day is great for the kids, Planting Fields is a gardener’s dream year round. Voted Best Public Garden on Long Island multiple times by the Long Island Press, the Coe’s passion for rare trees and plants has made the 409-acre Planting Fields a botanical marvel. The extensive gardens include 2 greenhouses and the largest collection of camellias in the Northeast; the estate features 10,000 pressed specimen and over 200 acres of woodland with miles of walking trails. For more, visit www.plantingfields.org