Thursday, May 22, 2014

Registration OPEN - 2014 OBMSA Garden Tour!


The Gold Coast of Long Island’s North Shore springs forth once again as the Oyster Bay Main Street Association presents its 3rd Annual Garden Tour. The Garden Tour returns with even more vigor after a one year hiatus inflicted by Superstorm Sandy to present enchanting gardens to all budding horticulturists and backyard gardeners alike.  The tour will take place on Friday, June 13th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Registration is available online and check-in will occur at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Rain date is Monday, June 16th.

Garden Tour co-coordinators, Colleen McKean and Danielle Olesen have spent the past two years scouring Nassau County for intriguing locations and all are sure to impress.  This year’s event will include a mapped journey to four different locations, which will include private gardens in Locust Valley, Mill Neck, and a home in Oyster Bay that features its own Little League field. The most unique location on the itinerary however, is The Locust Valley Cemetery.  While it might seem an unconventional choice for the Garden Tour it is, in reality, an exceptional location designed by world famous landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmstead, the creator of New York City’s Central Park.

“We are thrilled to offer the tour once again this year,” says Colleen McKean, co-coordinator of the Garden Tour.  Last year’s event was cancelled due to the fact that much of Long Island was completely devastated by Sandy’s wrath and most of the gardens that we had hoped to feature on our tour were totally ravaged by the storm.  We had no choice but to cancel and hope that this year the gardens would be back stronger than ever,” she states.

Danielle Olesen, co-coordinator of the event and OBMSA Board member says, “After walking the grounds of the gardens on this year’s program, I am sure that the tour will exceed the expectations of our visitors.  Everyone from amateur to experienced gardeners will find something to enjoy!”

The inaugural and secondary years of the Garden Tour each attracted over 100 participants.  Due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback from participants, the OBMSA is confident that the number will be closer to 150 this year.
After viewing the gardens, visitors will gather for a luncheon catered by Periwinkles CafĂ© at the Hay Barn located in Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park.  Tickets will cost $85 and will include the tour, luncheon and parking at the Planting Fields.  There is also a “tour only” option available for $60.  Tickets are available for purchase through the OBMSA website,  Purchase yours early for an event that is sure to become a perennial favorite!

The proceeds of the garden tour will benefit the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and its mission to enhance and promote an attractive and thriving downtown while preserving the historic integrity of Oyster Bay.  For more information, please call the Oyster Bay Main Street Association at 516-922-6982 or visit us on the web at  You can also find us on facebook at “Historic Oyster Bay” and follow us on Twitter@oysterbayny.

Danielle Olesen
Oyster Bay Main Street Association