The Gardens at Sands Light

Port Washington, NY
Water feature, Woodland/shade garden, Dry/xeriscape, Garden structure/sculpture, Fruit/vegetables, Organic/toxin-free, Rare plants/plant collection, Scenic view

The Gardens at Sands Light are located on the waterfront estate of a former Vanderbilt mansion and nineteenth-century lighthouse and cottage, providing a unique and dramatic setting. The French château-inspired residence provides a grand centerpiece for the 4-acre garden, the creation of a passionate plantswoman and artist. The garden will take you from a mixed woodland and stream to a beachside marble temple, large shrub and perennial borders to formal knot garden, and cactus garden onto a large private beach. A strolling garden, designed to provide privacy and to entertain, joins quiet alcoves as well as spacious terraces and outdoor living arrangements. A lush summer display is achieved by the addition of more than 100 containers, sporting vibrant colored annuals and large tropicals. The extensive collections include specimen plants with unique habits and variegations, orchids, and rare tropical plants, as well as peacocks, koi, and tortoises.

This garden's estimated size is 5½ acres.

Open Days 2024:  Saturday, June 15
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • This garden allows photography
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Nature friendly f372a65207813459a0d18d2caa5c1eece145dbb205535bacd45d09e443889605Nature-friendly

The Gardens at Sands Light
Port Washington, Nassau County, NY, 11050
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