LICF Annual Donor Reception
October 20, 2016, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay
Each year the Long Island Community Foundation offers a unique experience for our donors to visit some of the most beautiful cultural institutions Long Island has to offer. This year our event was at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The evening began with cocktails and fine dining in the Main Greenhouse – the largest greenhouse on Long Island. The program included a welcome from David Okorn, our executive director and an overview of the park by Wayne Horsley, LI Regional Director of NYS Parks and Recreation. The presentation concluded with a conversation by Vincent Simeone,Long Island’s Horticultural Superstar who spoke to our donors about Planting Fields evolution as public garden and future projects to move the garden forward.
Our donors also got a chance to tour the Coe Hall Historic House Museum, the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe. It 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 provided our donors with a botanical-filled evening.
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.
For more information about Planting Fields and/or how you can become an LICF donor to experience these wonderful events, please contact Marie Smith,director of donor relations and communications (631) 991-8800, etc. 223.