The beauty you will find along these walks is truly breathtaking. Our collection of trees includes some of the largest and most unusual on Long Island: a 105-foot tulip tree, a Japanese Pagoda Dogwood tree, and an 91-year-old American Elm, to name a few. Unique plantings bear the mark of the arboretum's regal beginnings. In the 1920s, for example, gardeners from the Post family estate created a Tabletop Scotch Elm by grafting two elm varieties together resulting in a grainy bark at the base of the tree, and a smooth bark at the top. The contrast is striking. Gardeners also planted a formal flower garden next to the Administration Building where brick walls, walkways and benches still stand today as a testament to a gentler time. The arboretum as a whole is a tribute to the natural beauty of Long Island's famed Gold Coast.
The tall weeping Norway Spruce featured in this photo and the huge American Elm, the foliage of which is visible on the right, are two imposing trees which dominate the courtyard of Winnick House today.
Both trees are at least a century old and remain today as sentinels of the past. Theirs is an interesting history since they were planted as part of a landscape plan designed in the 1920’s by one of the first female landscape architects of this country, Marian Cruger Coffin. In the case of the weeping Norway spruce many tree species have a so-called “weeping” or “pendulous” form, where the branches appear to succumb to gravity, rather than reach upwards to the sunlight as they normally do.