By Jonathan Seltzer
Old Westbury Gardens, located at 71 Old Westbury Road, is a place where flowers bloom, trees grow, and birds sing. While the grounds offer seasonal displays, the gardens offer flowers of every sort. Located on a vast 160- acre plot of land, there are benches, walkways, statues, and fountains. Each year, the gardens holds events such as dog shows, classical and contemporary music concerts, and around Halloween, the gardens sponsors a haunted house and a display of jack-o-lanterns that are lit up at night.
In an effort to promote Old Westbury Gardens, Professor Judith Jedlicka’s Arts and Entertainment Promotion class will be organizing an event at the gardens on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. The name of the event is “First Night and Tree Lighting.” Old Westbury Gardens will provide light refreshments, a choir, and a festive tree lighting for the event. Admission will cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-7, and $9 for prepaid members.
Post students were asked if they had heard of Old Westbury Gardens, and what they knew about it.
Danielle Savarese, a senior Art Education major, explained that the gardens have sentimental value to her. “I used to go there with my family when I was younger and have picnics in the gardens,” Savarese said. “I would attend an event at the gardens.”
Natasha Ambria Henry, a junior Music Performance major, was interested in learning about the gardens. “I have never heard of it, but I think I’ll take a look into it because I like flowers,” she said. When asked if she would attend a campus event at Old Westbury Gardens, Henry responded, “If it was a campus event, then sure!” Old Westbury Gardens are open from late April through October. They are open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The gardens offer free parking for visitors. Old Westbury Gardens has a Facebook page for those interested in seeing photos of the famous acres. The gardens also feature a snack bar, and visitors are welcome to bring their own food and picnic on the grounds.