Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Visit the "Secret Gardens" of Long Island's Gold Coast

The "Secret Gardens" of the Gold Coast Open to Visitors During Oyster Bay's First Garden Tour

The Hay Barn at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Have you ever wanted to see what lies behind the hedgerows of the homes of the famed Gold Coast? You will have the opportunity to do just that, during The Oyster Bay Main Street Association's first ever Garden Tour scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. This one-day event will allow you to step beyond the front gates into some of Nassau County's finest home gardens.

You will be led into fanciful gardens, cultivated and tended lovingly by the proud homeowners who have generously agreed to allow public access. Tours of the four selected gardens will be limited to ticket holders and will be led by private hosts.

Suzy Bales, author of 14 books, will be signing her latest book titled "Garden Bouquets and Beyond". Her book signing will be in her garden (which is one of the gardens on the tour) as well as at the tour luncheon, and will benefit the Oyster Bay Main Street Association. Suzy is a former columnist for Better Homes and Gardens, Newsday and The New York Times.

The Garden Tour will be followed by a luncheon catered by Periwinkles Cafe located at the Hay Barn on the grounds of the Planting Fields State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. The luncheon will also feature a lecture by the park's director, Vincent Simeone. The day will conclude with a post-lunch tour of the Planting Fields Rose Garden.

A limited number of tickets are currently available through the Oyster Bay Main Street Association's website, at www.oysterbaymainstreet.org. The cost is $75 per person and includes the guided tours, lunch and lecture. Previously purchased tickets will be issued to participants on the day of the event only, at the starting point of the tour, the Oyster Bay Long Island Railroad parking lot. An additional parking fee of $8 for the Planting Fields State Historic Park is not included in the ticket price.

All proceeds will benefit the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting a thriving downtown district while preserving the historic integrity of Oyster Bay. For more information and other upcoming events sponsored by the OBMSA please view our website at www.oysterbaymainstreet.org.

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