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Your Guide to Summer Strawberry Picking on Long Island

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Pick-your-own strawberries are available at East End farms through June. (Getty Images)

The arrival of summer on Long Island means an abundance of luscious fruit that’s ripe for the picking. Spend a day in the sun harvesting juicy red strawberries at these local farms. Check opening dates as they will vary depending on the weather.

Garden of Eve

This organic farm and market will be opening up its strawberry picking season during Memorial Day weekend. Garden of Eve also has fun field attractions for families, including farm animals, a hay mountain, and more! 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, gardenofevefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Glover Farms

Take a trip to Brookhaven and take advantage of Glover Farms’ strawberry picking season; the June opening day will be posted on Facebook. 641 Victory Ave., Brookhaven, facebook.com/GloverFarmsBrookhaven 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms opens its strawberry fields to the public every year in late May or early June, depending on the weather. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton, lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm

Known for its sweet corn and full-grown sunflower maze, this farm has opened its venue for customers to pick their own berries just in time for the strawberry harvest. Fresh farm produce is available all season. 143 Sound Ave., Calverton, facebook.com/Rottkamps-Fox-Hollow-Farm-1681094095465096 Thur-Tue 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Patty’s Berries & Bunches
Head out to Mattituck to enjoy Patty’s Berries and Bunches “U-Pick Berries” opening at the end of May, where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. This farm also has an organic and vegan ice cream stand for visitors to check out. 410 Sound Ave., Mattituck, pattysberriesandbunches.org/book-online 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

With its beautiful waterfront and rustic tranquility, this bicentennial farm is the perfect place to visit this June when they open up their strawberry-picking fields. 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, wickhamsfruitfarm.com/index.htm Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Windy Acres Farm

This family owned farm and orchard offers strawberry picking every year in the late spring, depending on weather and when the fruits are ripe. 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton. facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

-With Maia Vines

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Gearing Up for the Sold-out Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach

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Members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team perform during the Bethpage Air Show as part of a Memorial Day event at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Johnny Milano

In another sign of normalcy returning to Long Island as the coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is scheduled to soar once more this Memorial Day weekend.

While there has been plenty of pent-up excitement since the air show was canceled in 2020, this year’s version of the annual event, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, will look different than it has in the past. Most notably, now it’s a ticketed event requiring prepurchased parking passes.

“The return of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is one of the latest examples of our work to reopen by putting common-sense measures in place to keep New Yorkers safe,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. 

What follows is a guide to what to expect at the Jones Beach air show this year.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Bethpage Air Show as part of a Memorial Day event at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 25, 2019. Picture taken May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Johnny Milano

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 

The air show’s practice date is Friday, May 28. The show will run from May 29 to 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting. 

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets went on sale last month and due to high demand, the website crashed on the first day of sales, but the site shortly resumed ticket sales, which sold out on May 18.

HEROES HONORED

There will be an additional 1,800 passes distributed to Long Island’s healthcare networks in order to honor front-line healthcare workers involved in the pandemic response.

“We are especially pleased that this year we will be able to recognize the selfless and courageous healthcare heroes who have sacrificed so much over the past year in order to keep their fellow New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said. 

LIMITED CAPACITY

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Jones Beach will be limited to 50 percent capacity, and only Special Event Parking Pass holders will be admitted to the parking fields. All other attendees must remain on the beachfront and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

ALTERNATE VIEWING

Bethpage Federal Credit Union, New York State Parks, and WABC are working together in order to broadcast a livestream of the air show at WABC-TV, as well as on WABC’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV,  and Roku.

WHO TO SEE

The air show will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, Golden Knights U.S. Army parachute team, and United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue team, as well as several civilian performers.

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Long Island Distilleries to Visit This Spring and Summer

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As the warm weather approaches, wind down and take advantage of the array of distilleries that Long Island has to offer. These spots have wide selections of craft beverages for visitors to enjoy in their tasting rooms. Check out this list to find out which Long Island distillery you want to visit next. 

Better Man Distilling Co. 

The Better Man Distilling Co., located in Patchogue, is Long Island’s first urban craft distillery. At this distillery, visitors can take advantage of a mid-century modern tasting room as well as an outdoor patio to enjoy drinks and food. 161 River Ave, Patchogue. thebettermandistillingco.com/visit Thurs-Fri 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Black Momma Vodka 

Black Momma Vodka has an array of mouth-watering vodka tea flavors to choose from. Some of these flavors include Peach Tea Vodka, Chai Tea Vodka, and Pomegranate Tea Vodka. This distillery also offers mixers that are Kosher certified, vegan, and organic! The distillery is opening a Black Momma and Tea Cafe this year in Wyandanch for visitors to enjoy. 12 Colonial Springs Road, Wyandanch. blackmommavodka.com

Greenport Distilling & Bar

Enjoy a unique craft beverage experience at Greenport Distilling and Bar, where visitors can select from a number of wines and spirits produced by the owners themselves in the distillery’s tasting room. 211 Carpenter St, Greenport. greenportdistillery.com Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Long Island Spirits 

This summer, take a trip to Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow and enjoy a tasting room patio full of delicious cocktails, spirits, music, and a food truck! This distillery’s award-winning spirits come in rich tastes and innovative flavors. 2182 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow. lispirits.com Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Montauk Distilling Co.

Choose from a selection of Montauk Distilling Co.’s award-winning bottles of spirits or spend your afternoon in the distillery’s tasting room. 24 East 2nd Street, Riverhead. montaukdistillingco.com Wed-Thurs 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Old Spirit Distillery

Take a trip to Oceanside to visit the Old Spirit Distillery, where you can experience the distillery’s spirits first hand in their classic tasting room or experience the craft of distilling in a tour of the facility. 3670 Oceanside Rd West, STE 6, Oceanside. oldspiritdistillery.com Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Sagaponack Farm Distillery 

Come on by the Sagaponack Farm Distillery to try some of its award-winning Potato Vodka, Wheat Vodka, Rhubarb Liqueur, and more. The distillery has an outdoor tasting room, as well as an indoor one with limited seating. 369 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack. sagaponackfarmdistillery.com Fri-Sat 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Twin Stills Moonshine 

Rated in the “Fifty Best” selection of finest wines and spirits in New York in 2017, Twins Stills Moonshine is a great place to book a wine tour! Check out the website’s calendar for live music and events. 5506 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. liooldtymer.com/calendar Wed, Fri-Sat 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

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Long Island Nurse, Founder of Nonprofit Featured on NBC’s George to the Rescue

George Oliphant is the host of George to the Rescue. (Photos courtesy of NBC)

Ronkonkoma-native nurse Tiana Morano, who is also the founder of a local nonprofit, will star in NBC’s George to the Rescue on Saturday.

In 2013, Morano created a Facebook group called Long Island Nurses to support her fellow nurses. After the spread of Covid-19, Morano turned her Facebook group into a nonprofit organization that has helped more than 4,000 nurses through resources, community, and fundraising.

“It’s what has been an extraordinarily tough year,” said show host George Oliphant in the episode’s preview. “Tiana has admirably impacted her community from the confines of her own home.”

George to the Rescue is an Emmy-winning home renovation series dating back to 2010 that gives building and design transformations to families and organizations in need. The show has helped several families on Long Island over the years, including healthcare workers during the pandemic last year.

With Morano running her nonprofit organization from a small at-home office shared with her son, the stress and clutter of the room often make it difficult for her to balance her home life with her work life. 

“So, sharing an office in a 4-year-old’s bedroom is not the easiest,” Morano told NBC, “I am working from home now and we’re all under one roof … It’s just chaos.”

George to the Rescue’s upcoming episode will show Oliphant and his crew giving Morano an office makeover. The episode, titled “Morano,” will be available to stream on NBC.com on Saturday. 

Those who would like to get involved in Morano’s cause can donate to Long Island Nurses by visiting longislandnurses.org.

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Mother’s Day Restaurant Specials on Long Island 2021

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Mother’s Day Restaurant Specials on Long Island 2021

MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND BRUNCH

Enjoy a sit-down brunch with Mom either Saturday or Sunday at Thyme in Roslyn. The restaurant will offer a special holiday brunch menu. It will also have a special dinner menu on Mother’s Day. Book your reservation now! 8 Tower Place, Roslyn. thymenewyork.com/mothersday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 8, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:45-7:30 p.m. May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT MULCAHY’S

Partake in a selection of brunch entrees, mimosas, Bloody Marys, fruit platters, pastries, coffee, and more at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall’s Mother’s Day Brunch. A photo souvenir will also be provided for the table! 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh. events.longisland.com 10 a.m. May 9.

A LESSING’S BRUNCH WITH MOM

Lessing’s Hospitality group’s seven restaurants across Suffolk County are offering Mother’s Day brunches. They each have different menus, and one is also offering a Mother’s Day dinner! Various locations. lessings.com/corporate/events/mothers-day May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY GRAND BRUNCH

Celebrate Mother’s Day with this grand brunch, which will feature gourmet breakfast pastries and an ice cream bar. Choose from three different time slots when you make your reservation. The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St, Garden City. gardencityhotel.com/upcoming-events 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

BRUNCH AT THE BREWERY

Start off Mother’s Day by treating mom to a tasty meal at The Oakdale Brew House, which is hosting a special Mother’s Day brunch. Reservations are required. 972 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale. facebook.com 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9. 

BOOZY BINGO BRUNCH

Start off the day at Lily Flannigan’s Pub with unlimited brunch cocktails, a brunch buffet, and a complimentary bingo card for Mother’s Day! Reservations are required. 345 Deer Park Ave, Babylon. lilyflanaganspub.com 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 9.

LUNCH ON THE WATER 

Bring the family to a sit-down lunch overlooking the ocean at Gatsby on the Ocean’s Mother’s Day at the Beach event, where all mothers receive a free mimosa! Select a tasty dish from the restaurant’s Mother’s Day menu, which includes a four-course pre-fix. Reservations or pre-purchased tickets are required. 2000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. eventbrite.com 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 9.

DINNER AT THE WAVE

Enjoy a fun night out with mom! Choose from a delicious a la carte menu of cuisine favorites at WAVE Seafood Restaurant’s annual Mother’s Day Dinner. Space is limited, so be sure to book reservations in advance. 25 E Broadway, Port Jefferson. stayhappening.com Noon-4 p.m. May 9. 

MOM’S DAY AT CHADWICK’S

Chadwick’s in Rockville Centre is offering Mother’s Day brunch and dinner specials. Call 516-766-7800 or go online to make a reservation. 49 Front St, Rockville Centre, chadwicksrvc.com. 1-9 p.m. May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY DINNER AT DESMOND’S

Treat mom to a quiet and relaxing dinner at Desmond’s. Choose from the restaurant’s special Mother’s Day menu and enjoy a delicious three-course meal with the entire family. Be sure to make reservations in advance. 5720 Route 25A, Wading River. eastwindlongisland.com 1-7 p.m. May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY AT NICK & TONI’S

There are plenty of options at this East Hampton establishment for Mother’s Day. Visit for brunch, dinner, or reserve your order to go and spend the day with Mom at home. The restaurant will have special, pre-fix menus. 136 North Main Street at Cedar Street, East Hampton. nickandtonis.com May 9.

STEAK & LOBSTER FOR MOM

Dine in at Morton’s The Steakhouse or grab dinner to go. Mom will be blown away by this delicious meal. Wine is also available for purchase! 777 Northern Blvd, Great Neck. mortons.com/event/mothers-day May 9

MELTING POT WITH MOM

The Melting Pot in Farmingdale is now taking reservations for Mother’s Day! They will offer a fixed, four-course meal that includes fondue favorites such as bacon and brie, strawberry caprese salad, veggies, four main course options, and two dessert options. meltingpot.com/farmingdale-ny May 9.

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Mother’s Day Events on Long Island 2021

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Mother’s Day Events on Long Island 2021

Looking to plan a fun Mother’s Day with mom on Long Island this year? Here are five Mother’s Day events on Long Island happening on May 8 and May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL

Enjoy fun times with family at Harbes Family Farm, which is offering free admission to moms during Mother’s Day weekend. Live music and food will be available in the picnic area as well as wine tasting in Harbes’ restored 100-year-old Wine Barn. 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 8-9.

MOTHER’S DAY BOARDWALK VENDOR FAIR

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a vendor fair on the Long Beach Boardwalk in honor of Mother’s Day. Bring the family to take a stroll along the boardwalk and treat mom to something special! 80 West Broadway, Long Beach. events.longisland.com May 8-9.

MIGHTY MOTHER’S DAY DUATHLON

Heckscher State Park is kicking off the season with a duathlon for Mother’s Day. The race includes a flat three-lap, 10.5-mile bike course along with a mix of trail and road for running. 1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip. trisignup.com 8 a.m. May 9.

MOTHER’S DAY PHOTOSHOOT

The South Bay Bible Church is hosting a free photoshoot for moms during the church’s Mother’s Day service. Participants will receive an 8×10-inch photo and digital image at no charge. 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. events.longisland.com 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. May 9. 

FREE AQUARIUM ADMISSION FOR MOMS

Take the family out on a day of fun to walk around and explore aquatic animals! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is offering free admissions for moms who bring their children. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. stayhappening.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 9. 

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Cuomo Announces Kick-Off of 2021 Jones Beach Air Show

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The 106th Rescue Wing demonstrated a series of different rescue operations during the Jones Beach Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, N.Y. on May 23 and 24, 2009. (U.S. Air Force Photo/SrA Jose Diaz/Released)

Tickets go on sale Monday for the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, which will be returning with three shows, starting with a practice show on May 28 and the final show on May 30.

Event Parking Passes for the air show will go on sale at 9 a.m. April 19. The parking passes, priced at $10 per vehicle, can be obtained from New York State parks department’s website. There will be an additional 1,800 passes distributed to Long Island’s healthcare networks in order to honor frontline healthcare workers involved in the pandemic response.

“The return of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is one of the latest examples of our work to re-open by putting common-sense measures in place to keep New Yorkers safe,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “We are especially pleased that this year we will be able to recognize the selfless and courageous health care heroes who have sacrificed so much over the past year in order to keep their fellow New Yorkers safe.” 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Jones Beach will be limited to 50 percent capacity, and only Special Event Parking Pass holders will be permitted to the parking fields. All other attendees must remain on the beachfront and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

“We ask all the fans to be cognizant of the new procedures designed to keep people safe,” said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “With their cooperation and the hard work of sponsors, partners, performers, and staff, we can all look forward to a successful and carry on this tradition that brings so many families and friends together.”

Bethpage Federal Credit Union, along with New York State Parks and WABC are working together in order to broadcast a livestream of the air show, which will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog), United States Army Golden Knights U.S. Army parachute team, and United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue team, as well as several civilian performers.

Related Story: Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Will Be Back for 2021

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Leading Long Island Volunteer Veronica Renken Dies at 88

Veronica Renken

Veronica B. Renken, who was well known for her Long Island community service, passed away at her Garden City home on March 31. She was 88.

Veronica, known by many as “Ronnie,” was a beloved wife and a widely respected nonprofit volunteer on LI who had dedicated her life to the service of others. An incredibly involved community member, she chaired the board of Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset and served on the boards of United Way of Long Island, Winthrop University Hospital and Our Lady of Mercy Academy, her alma mater.

“In the history of United Way of Long Island, Ronnie was one of the longest-serving members and volunteers for our organization, spanning four decades,” Theresa A. Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island, wrote in a statement. “All who had the chance to know Ronnie understood her deep devotion to our mission — evident, as she rarely missed a board meeting and was engaged full time in building an impact agenda with our agency partners. She seemed to move deftly between community activism by exercising her tactical brilliance, and yet it seemed she always preserved her fierce integrity.” 

Regnante added, “On a personal note, I met Ronnie in 1987, my first year with United Way. She was a fantastic mentor, a cheerleader to the staff and … Ronnie was a pioneer, opening doors to leadership for women in the nonprofit sector. She will be dearly missed.”

Renken had received a plethora of awards throughout her life for her services within the community, notably being honored by National Society of Fundraising Executives LI Chapter as an Outstanding Volunteer in 1991, recognized by Garden City as Citizen of the Year in 1994 and receiving the Gilbert Tillis Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2004. She was also honored several times for her work in patient care at Winthrop University Hospital in the 1970s, where she led the Women’s Auxiliary and served as a member of the board of directors.

The burial took place at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Rd., Garden City, where she was buried beside her late husband, Martin H. Renken.

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Long Island Native Survives First Round of Top Chef

L. top R.: Byron Gomez, Nelson German, and Avishar Barua on the April 1, 2021 episode of Top Chef. (Photo by David Moir/Bravo)

Chef Byron Gomez, a Central Islip native, qualified for the next competition round after Thursday night’s season premiere of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.

Gomez, the executive chef of a supper club in Aspen known as 7908, was one of 15 contestants in the season 18 premiere. The contestants had to compete in cooking dishes with bird as the main component. The contestants ordered their ingredients from Whole Foods rather than shopping in person due to the pandemic.

Gomez served head judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Melissa King, along with several other rotating judges with a sweet Thai-styled squab dish, a green mango Jicama salad and sweet potato cake.

“Respect for serving us claws, I love that,” said Chef Richard Blais, a Top Chef Chicago and All Stars Winner.

“I loved the approach,” added Chef Dale Talde, who competed in seasons four and eight of Top Chef. “I just didn’t feel like the potato and the green mango salad really tied the entire dish together.”

Though his side dishes received criticism, Gomez’s squab dish impressed the judges enough to advance him to the next round for next week’s episode.

The winner of the Top Chef competition will receive $250,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and an appearance at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

Gomez is a self-taught chef who worked his way up the industry, eventually working at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Manhattan under some of the best chefs in the industry such as Daniel Boulud, Daniel Humm and Gavin Kaysen. Gomez gained a lot of his experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants like Cafe Boulud, Atera and Eleven Madison Park.

Eventually becoming Sous Chef at Eleven Madison Park, the restaurant won the title of Top
Restaurant in the World by San Pellegrino. Following this award, Gomez traveled to Eleven
Madison Park’s pop-up restaurants in the Hamptons and Aspen before he finally settled in Aspen to work for 7908 in the Spring of 2019.

“Thank you for all the support and know that hard work always pays off,” said Gomez in a recent Instagram post, “Filming during a pandemic was a very unique experience and to be part of this will forever be engraved in my heart.”

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10 Long Island Arboretums to Visit This Spring

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Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay will be in bloom this spring. (Getty Images)

With the return of spring comes flowers and trees starting to blossom in all their glory. 

It is the perfect time for Long Islanders to stroll around their local arboretums and to check out the beautiful sceneries of flowers, trees, and array of plants. 

Here is a round up of public gardens from across Nassau and Suffolk counties to check out this season.

AVALON PARK

Created by the Paul Simons Foundation with the goal of sharing Simon’s deep love of the outdoors, this captivating park is filled with gardens, trails along the pond, a labyrinth, a rustic barn among the wildflower fields, and winding upper trails. Don’t feed the ducks and keep your dog on-leash when visiting. 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook. avalonparkandpreserve.org

BAILEY ARBORETUM

Bailey Arboretum welcomes its visitors to stroll around the peaceful gardens and to enjoy the well-marked trails provided throughout its 42 acres. 194 Bayville Rd., Latingtown. baileyarboretum.org

BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM

This arboretum has a collection of plants such as fir, spruce, hemlock, yew, and others that make up the most extensive collection on the Island. These plants combined with the site’s ponds and streamlets provide opportunities for visitors to observe a broad range of land and aquatic birds. 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com

BRIDGE GARDENS

A five-acre gem in the heart of Bridgehampton, Bridge Gardens is a unique public and demonstration garden with mysterious hedgerows, a wide variety of perennial and annual flowers and shrubs, and a unique four-quadrant herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile/dye plants. 36 Mitchell Ln., Bridgehampton. peconiclandtrust.org

CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN

This 12-acre living museum and educational facility is dedicated to understanding and appreciating the world’s plant life through horticulture, education and research. Collections at the garden include native spring wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs, butterfly plants, medicinal plants and over a dozen collections of particular plant families. 193 I. U. Willets Rd., Albertson, clarkbotanic.org

LONG HOUSE RESERVE

LongHouse Reserve is a museum, garden and a sculpture park, to be appreciated in a contemplative manner. Bring your cell phones as you walk the gardens to access highlights narrated by Jack Lenor Larsen. No dogs allowed. 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton longhouse.org 

THE MADOO CONSERVANCY

The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Madoo, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash. No dogs allowed. 618 Sagg Main St., Sagaponack. madoo.org 

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historical Places, has been planted with more than 7,000 tulip, hyacinth, daffodil, and allium bulbs. Its 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes surround a magnificent Charles II-style mansion. 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. oldwestburygardens.org

PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM

The 409-acre landscape of the Planting Fields Arboretum is made up of gardens that include the Italian Garden, Cloister Garden, Rose Garden, Sensory Garden and Dahlia Garden. 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, plantingfields.org

ROBERT F. ENCH TEACHING GARDENS

In an area greater than 4 four acres, a series of theme gardens, or ‘garden rooms’, have developed since the 1930s. Beyond the Annual Beds is the Rose Garden, and enter into the Beech Hedge Garden, now a Gray or ‘Ghost Garden.’ Or, walk to the left into the Dwarf Conifer Collection, or to the right, behind the grove of weeping higan cherries into the Joan Bisset Memorial Garden. Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. farmingdale.edu

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