In the first years of the twentieth century, the wealthy flocked in droves out of New York City to Long Island and built hundreds of estates there. Today only a few of there estate remain. Of there, Old Westbury Garden In New York, U.S. is undoubtedly a jewel. John S. Phipps had the house designed by London architect George A. Crawley for his English – born wife, Margarita.
Old Westbury is mock seventeenth – century English. With craftmen hired from England, it took three years and cost 15 – 20 million to build, not bad for an “inexpensive little country home”, as the client briefed his architect. Phipps’ father was a partner in the Carnegie Steel Company and bequeathed Phipps his fortune. Out of new money, a truly elegant, old- world estate was made. Inside, European antiques are set off by paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Constable. Outside, landscape and gardens host an eclectic range of features-English, French, and Dutch-all of which have been beautifully laid out.
Old Westbury Garden In New York, U.S.
A particular highlight of Westbury is the walled garden. Handsome brick walls with limestone quoins have elaborate iron gates opening on to a spectacular 2-acre (0.8 ha) garden. Gravel paths lead past long, abundantly planted English borders with swags of roses trained on ropes. A wisteria-laden pergola frames great vistas across the lotus and lily pool with a classic fountain. Beyond is the intricately designed rose garden, and beyond that grand allées with common lime (Tilia x europaea), yew hedges, and precisely clipped topiary that give the impression that a slice of England has drifted across the Atlantic. Box plants, which were imported when they were 125 years old in 1928, have been closely trimmed and undulate around a rectangular lawn. Visitors to the gardens will also see sculptures arranged around the grounds and, overlooking the lake, the Temple of Love. Everything in this garden is meant to be glamorous and romantic.