Photo Essays: Summer at Old Westbury Gardens

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If you remember from last week’s post, I took a trip out to Old Westbury Gardens during one of the last weeks of the summer. It may be Fall now, but it’s nice to look back and remember this lovely, sunny day in my favorite place. Remember to check out my post from last year to see the Walled Garden and other features of the estate’s lovely grounds.

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The South Terrace (i.e., back porch):

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This is the view from the South Terrace looking out towards the lawn, which is seriously gigantic.

The Pool:

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The South Terrace:

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The best view of all, as far as I’m concerned – from the back lawn looking towards the South Terrace. According to the Westbury website, designer George Crawley and homeowner Jay Phipps disagreed on this back terrace – Phipps thought it was overdone and should be simplified or left out of the design entirely! Insane – so glad that Crawley won that dispute.

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Vegetable garden:

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Thatched Cottage:

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The Thatched Cottage was a gift to the Phipps’ daughter Peggy on her tenth birthday. It’s still completely the same inside as it was when she was a girl – full of the same toys and dolls that she played with. Basically frozen in time. My Mom read somewhere that when she was gifted this little house, young Peggy was so overcome with emotion that she simply burst into tears on the spot and ran away!

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The Latin inscription in the entry way says “Peace to those who enter…good health to all who depart.” A fitting sentiment for such a lovely and peaceful place.

photos by me

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  1. Dorothy wrote:

    Amazing photos of a very special place. Thanks for sharing!

    Published 9.25.15 · Reply
  2. SO beautiful!

    Published 9.27.15 · Reply