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Bailey Arboretum is a 42-acre (17 ha) arboretum located in Lattingtown, New York, a small village on the North Shore of Long Island. It opened to the public on Aug. 5, 1969 after being donated to Nassau County in 1968 by the heirs of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bailey. Through an agreement with the Village of Lattingtown, admission to the arboretum was limited to 200 people at any one time.
Stewarded by the Friends of Bailey Arboretum on property owned by Nassau County, the arboretum of exotic trees covers 98% of the property. The property also includes a carriage barn with meeting rooms, a greenhouse, two man made ponds, 35 acres (14 ha) of woodland trails, and "Munnysunk", a 200-year-old manor house used for education, fundraising and rentals.
The collection of exotic trees makes Bailey Arboretum unique. Two hundred different species of trees are registered on Arbnet's international database, and another 300 trees are pending identification. Fifteen champion trees remain in the Bailey Collection including the dawn redwood planted by seed from China in 1947. In 2007 the Metasequoia Society found the Bailey tree to have the largest girth of any dawn redwood in the world. Seven acres (2.8 ha) are landscaped grounds with a rose, perennial, vegetable and annual gardens.
Bailey Arboretum has one of the first sensory gardens on Long Island. Handicap-accessible, it appeals to all senses enabling the sight- and mobility-impaired to enjoy a garden. The Children's Habitat enjoyed by primarily preschool children is the first accredited[by whom?] early childhood outdoor classroom in New York State.
Frank Bailey, nicknamed "Mr. Brooklyn", was a self-made multi-millionaire and head of Title Guarantee Trust who successfully led the Brooklyn Botanical Garden through the Great Depression. This put him in contact with the great plant collectors of the world and enabled him to amass this collection. Other gifts followed including a rare dwarf evergreen collection.
- Frank Bailey, Hannah Geffen, It Can't Happen Again, Alfred A. Knopf New York. 1944.
- Friends of Bailey Arboretum, History of Frank Bailey and the Country Estate Munnysunk. 2011.
- Friends of Bailey Arboretum archives
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden Archives
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