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Conversations in Coe Hall: 'Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America' with Laurence Cotton at Planting Fields Arboretum

Conversations in Coe Hall: 'Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America' with Laurence Cotton

Experience an illustrated presentation on the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed designer of Central Park and founder of the landscape architecture firm that shaped Planting Fields. Writer, public historian, filmmaker, and consulting producer on the nationally broadcast PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” Laurence Cotton will present an information-rich and entertaining talk about Frederick Law Olmsted’s life, career, and legacy and will present a mini-travelogue of select Olmsted landscapes across North America designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and sites—like Planting Fields—designed by his sons and the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. Before the presentation, guests will be led across the designed landscape by Gina J. Wouters, Executive Director of Planting Fields Foundation, who will speak about significant landscape areas at Planting Fields and their historical context. Come learn about this extraordinary legacy of a Renaissance man, view an Olmsted Brothers designed landscape, and discover why Olmsted’s philosophy, writings, and designs are still so relevant today.

About Planting Fields Arboretum

1395 Planting Fields Road

Oyster Bay, NY


  • Standard hours: 9am-5pm
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Stroller parking: Yes
  • Stroller check: No
  • Bring food: Yes
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: No

  • Planting Fields, the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe and is one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island’s North Shore that retains its original 409 acres as well as its historic buildings and landscape. Rolling lawns, formal gardens, hiking trails and specimen plantings, as well as the Camellia Greenhouse and the Main Greenhouse, with its unique seasonal displays, are a treat for visitors year round. Coe Hall contains many original pieces and furnishings once belonging to the Coe family, including the restored Louis XVI Reception Room. The mostly Elizabethan style interior of the Tudor Revival mansion is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings, ironwork, 13th – 19th century stained glass windows and original commissioned murals by American artists Robert H. Chanler and Everett Shinn.
  • Parking: Paid
  • Play area: No
  • Party room: Yes

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