Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson

#56 of 121 in Parks in Long Island
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Clark Botanic Garden is a 12-acre (4.9 ha) botanical garden located in Albertson, New York, on Long Island.

The garden, designed by noted garden designer Alice Recknagel Ireys, was established in 1969 on the former estate of Grenville Clark, a noted attorney, author, and advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1966, Clark donated his home to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The site now contains approximately 5,000 species of plants, with over 1,000 labeled trees, shrubs, and garden plants arranged in 12 specialty gardens. Collections include native wildflowers, conifers, roses, perennials, daylilies, wetland plants, rock garden plants, herbs, butterfly plants, and medicinal plants.

There are two ponds and a small gift shop on the grounds, as well as a community gardening area. The garden is now owned by the Town of North Hempstead and operated by a non-profit organization. It is open to the public with no admission charge. Occasionally concerts or other special events are held on the grounds. During the summer months free compost is sometimes available to local residents.
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  • Small but worthwhile. This is a well kept garden that is not fussy. It is not crowded and offers some lectures and talks.  more »
  • The Town of North Hempstead is developing this small horticultural gem into a real stunner. It is a lovely place for a stroll. Each season brings new beautiful plants and flowers. There is a small....  more »
  • This is such a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the nature of the land. The flowers are a wonderful sight. With the ponds. There is a cute little gift shop also.. They even have bathroom if yu need.
  • A lovely FREE botanical garden about 15 - 20 minutes driving from Forest Hills. It's small so it's easy to go through the whole place in an hour but is nonetheless just as enjoyable as larger gardens. They offer workshops as well & host school groups. A nice place to sit & relax as there are benches throughout, & also take pictures of the flora or with it! Unlike gardens such as the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, it is much more about being one with nature rather than look at it, as there is no concrete path for the majority of the routes.

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