Membership

Your support helps us to preserve the historic gardens, greenhouses, mansion and the diverse collections that make Planting Fields a distinctive part of Long Island’s history.

Members receive free and discounted admission to many of our year round events, exclusive invitations, and discounts at the Garden Gift Shop and local garden centers.

Your membership also allows you to participate in the American Horticultural Society’s reciprocal admission program which offers Planting Fields members special privileges and discounts at nearly 300 gardens nationwide. Find a participating 2017 Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) garden near you and take advantage of your benefits: http://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/rap/find/statebystate. We recommend that you call all gardens prior to your visit.  Each garden has its own unique admissions policy and some may have exclusions.

 



 

 
 

Memberships may also be purchased at the Garden Gift Shop Visitor Center (516) 922-2345 or by calling the Membership Office at (516) 922-8676.

Or click here to download a printer friendly membership form which can be mailed directly to:

Planting Fields Foundation

Membership Department

P.O. Box 660

Oyster Bay, NY 11771

For more information please contact Lilly McGurk, Director of Membership and Development at 516-922-8676 or email: emcgurk@plantingfields.org.

Benches

Create a special place for you and your loved ones to enjoy the everlasting beauty of Planting Fields. Benches can be donated in memory of someone special, to commemorate an event or achievement, or for your own enjoyment.

A bench with a commemorative plaque bearing your special message can be endowed with a donation of $2,500.

The plaque allows up to 4 lines of 20 characters of text in each line, including spaces.

Please call Lilly McGurk, Director of Membership and Development at 516-922-8676 or email: Emcgurk@plantingfields.org for availability.

Engraved Bricks

 

Planting Fields is a place of lasting memories. Whether you first visited as a child, with your children, for your wedding photographs or on a getaway, Planting Fields lingers in the heart and in the mind. Become a part of Planting Fields now, and help ensure its future.

Purchase a brick for yourself, your children and loved ones or in honor of someone dear. The bricks are installed in the main courtyard of the Visitors Center and the colors echo the slate roof of the historic Hay Barn in hues of grays and rose.

Please call Lilly McGurk, Director of Membership and Development at 516-922-8676 or email emcgurk@plantingfields.org for availability

Engraved Bricks

Highly visible 12″ x 12″ square bricks, which contains up to eight lines of text, 13 characters (including spaces) per line. $1000 per brick.

Donate

 

Medium Square Bricks: 8″ x 8″ square bricks, with up to six lines of text, 13 characters (including spaces) per line. $500 per brick.

Donate

 

Classic bricks, 4″ x 8,” which may have three lines of text, 13 characters (including spaces) per line. $100 per brick.
Donate

 

Leave a Legacy

PLANTING FIELDS PLANNED GIVING

Planting Fields Foundation is a non-profit, educational foundation and was chartered in 1949 for the support and development of Planting Fields Arboretum. Since 1972, Planting Fields Foundation has worked in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to staff, interpret and preserve the historic structures and landscape features throughout the 409-acre estate.

Our mission is to preserve, and interpret Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park as the premier public garden and Gold Coast Estate.

When you include Planting Fields Foundation in your estate plans, you help to sustain our mission to preserve the historic landscapes, architecture, and collectionsfor generations to come.

You can name Planting Fields as a beneficiary in your Will, life insurance, IRA, or retirement plan and can also establish a gift that will provide you payments for life by funding a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Ways to Give

Bequests

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways of making a generous gift to Planting Fields Foundation. There are several ways to give a bequest. You can give an outright bequest which can be a specific amount, a percentage, or specific property. You can also give a residuary bequest or a contingent bequest. A bequest can help you meet your estate planning goals. An estate tax charitable deduction for the entire amount of the gift is allowed, you should discuss this with your financial, tax, and legal advisors.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts is an irrevocable contribution of cash, securities, or other property which is placed in a trust which allows one or more named beneficiaries (including yourself) to receive an income stream from the trust for life/fixed term (not to exceed 20 years) and Planting Fields Foundation would receive the remainder of the trust. There are significant income and estate tax advantages you should discuss with your financial, tax, and legal advisors.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Charitable lead trusts is an irrevocable contribution of cash, securities, or other property which is placed in a trust which allows Planting Fields Foundation to receive an income stream from the trust for life/fixed term (not to exceed 20 years) and one or more named beneficiaries would receive the remainder of the trust. There are significant income and estate tax advantages you should discuss with your financial, tax, and legal advisors.

Life Insurance Policies

You can name Planting Fields Foundation as the beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy. This type of contribution is generally made if the policy is no longer needed to provide for your dependents. A charitable income tax deduction is generally allowed and should be discussed with your financial, tax, and legal advisors.

Beneficiary Designation

You can name Planting Fields Foundation as the beneficiary on assets such as bank accounts or retirement plans. This can easily be done by filling out a beneficiary form. There are significant tax advantages you should discuss with your financial, tax, and legal advisors.

You should review all planned giving options with your financial, tax, and legal advisors. Planting Fields Foundation cannot render legal or tax advice.

For additional information please contact Lilly McGurk, Director of Membership and Development at 516-922-8676 or email: emcgurk@plantingfields.org.

 

Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

Your gift in support of the Foundation’s Annual Appeal will enable us to preserve our collections, create unique exhibitions, and present educational programs and events for visitors of all ages.

Please support us, so that with your help we can make sure that in the future Planting Fields will continue to be a wonderful place to visit. It is an extraordinarily beautiful and historic site, one of Long Island’s great treasures.

With very best wishes for the holidays.

Sincerely,

 

Hal Davidson                                        Henry Joyce
President                                              Executive Director



If you would like to download a printable form, please click here.

Become a Volunteer

Weekend Docents & Gift Shop Staff are Especially Needed!

Planting Fields Volunteer Job Descriptions

Building Operations

For the hale and hearty person who likes to work with their hands, this new position offers many ways to help: restoration projects, carpentry, maintenance, event set up. Whatever your skills may be, we can probably find a job for you to do!

Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, upon discussion with Building Operations Manager

Coe Hall Gardens/Azalea Walk/Rhododendron Park

For gardeners interested in helping to maintain and restore the historic Coe Hall gardens, Rhododendron Parks and Azalea Walk; these areas offer a comfortable and cool spot. New shade plantings are planned to bring more seasonal color to this garden.

Days Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (Mornings)

Coe Hall Receptionists

Receptionists at Coe Hall are the friendly faces who greet visitors to Coe Hall. Receptionists are responsible for accepting payments, scheduling tours and ensuring a smooth flow of visitors through the house.

Days/Hours Available: Monday – Sunday, April 1-September 30, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Dahlia Garden

The Dahlia garden is a showstopper from mid-summer through fall. This dedicated group grows all of its plants from over-wintered tubers, as well as trials new cultivars yet to be seen in the market. If you are a devotee of dahlias, or just enjoy working with a jovial group of gardeners, this is the spot for you.

Days/Hours Available: Wednesday mornings, February through late fall.

Daphne & Dwarf Conifer Gardens

The Daphne Garden recently underwent a major renovation and requires assistance with planting and maintenance of the new beds. The Dwarf Conifer Garden is a fun, miniature forest where weeders are wanted!

Days/Hours Available: Thursdays, 8:30 –11:30 am.

Display Gardens

Volunteers assist with weeding, pruning and general horticultural maintenance in the Bird Sanctuary, Wildflower Walk and Ornamental Grass Garden.

Days/Hours Available: Thursdays, 9:00 am- Noon.

Docents & Grounds Guides

Docents provide general tours of both Coe Hall and the Formal Gardens surrounding the house. Grounds Guides provide prearranged group tours with more in-depth tours of the gardens. Training for new docents takes place in March, but enthusiastic new volunteers are encouraged to join this stimulating group at any time of the year.

Days/Hours Available: Mondays – Sundays, April 1-September 30, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop volunteers assist visitors with purchases, run the cash register, keep inventory stocked and provide general maintenance of the shop floor. Prospective volunteers should feel comfortable handling cash and credit card transactions (training provided).

Days/Hours Available: Mondays – Sundays, Year-round, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Perennial Gardens

Grounds volunteers weed, plant, cultivate and prune throughout the Rose Arbor perennial beds, Playhouse Garden, Bea Jones Garden and Peony beds. For the volunteer looking for a varied experience, this is a great place to work. Experienced gardeners preferred.

Days/Hours Available: Tuesdays or Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Main Greenhouse

The Main Greenhouse maintains a conservatory of tropicals and subtropicals, notable collections for public viewing, and produces all plant material for eight major seasonal displays and garden beds around the greenhouse. Volunteer work involves grooming beds and plant material in and around greenhouse complex, weeding, transplanting of seedlings, moving and lifting plants. Depending upon skill level, there is also potting, propagation, pruning and staking. Ability to bend, lift and kneel required.

Hours: Mondays –Fridays, 3-hour shifts at 9:00am and 1:00 pm. Call for available openings.

Production Greenhouse

The Production Greenhouse cultivates numerous plants for New York State Parks in the Long Island Region and for selected gardens at Planting Fields. In early March, volunteers begin to transplant seedlings and continue through the growing season with additional plants. Production goes on seven days a week and hours are flexible. (Openings available on an as-needed basis only)

Public Programs Assistant

Public Programs Assistants assist the Coordinator with set up, cleanup, greeting and check-in for scheduled events. You may attend the program free of charge, except for any materials costs. A variety of programs are offered: gardening lectures, garden tours, hands-on workshops, yoga and ballroom dancing. You may volunteer to work at any programs that interest you.

Rose Garden

The rosarians’ dedication and ability can be seen in all three gardens. They mulch for weed control, fertilize, prune, remove faded flowers and, when time permits, take time to smell the roses. The Lilac borders also benefit from their care.

Hours: Tuesdays or Fridays, 8:00 am -12:00 pm.

Special Events

These volunteers may be unable to commit to a regular weekly schedule, but are available to assist on Special Events staffing, such as Arbor Day.

Hours: As needed.

Synoptic Garden

The Synoptic Garden is a five-acre collection of alphabetically arranged woody trees and shrubs pruned to maintain their natural shape, enabling our visitors to study them as nature intended them to grow.

Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

Visitor Center Desk

If you enjoy assisting the visiting public, providing directions and suggestions for their visit, please join us at our brand new, state of the art Visitor Center.

Days/Hours Available: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Garden Library

For the book-lover or library student, this is a great place for you. The Library has just been totally revamped and would like to expand its service hours to students and the visiting public.

Days/Hours Available: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 am -2:00pm

Collections Care

Interested in working with the archives and the collections? Volunteering in Collections Care allow you to get up close and personal with the artifacts in Coe Hall. Careful cleaning of the objects, caring for the period rooms and researching potential exhibits are some of the needs of the curator. Artifacts needing this special care include Mr. Coe’s trophies and other silver pieces, the woodworking and furniture, crystal pieces, and books throughout the house. Have a special area of interest? New ideas welcome. No previous experience required.

Days Available: Mondays – Saturdays

For further information, or to receive an application, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator – Elsa Eisenberg (516) 922-8670 or email eeisenberg@plantingfields.org

Download the Volunteer Application Here