Old Westbury Associations
Friends of Old Westbury Inc, founded in April 2017, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing our public spaces by planting flowers trees and shrubs, and helping to create a unified aesthetic in our Village.
While we work in close cooperation with Village officials, we are resident volunteers, not part of local government. Your donations pay for improvements that are beyond the scope of the Village budget and beautify without raising our taxes. Our goal is a greener, healthier and more beautiful Old Westbury by planting, pruning and improving our common areas.
Following the model of beautification groups all over the Island and the nation, we formed a 501c3 not for profit foundation which enables all of us to make tax-deductible donations each year so we can all pitch in and beautify the place we call home.
Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence.
Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children's programs and events, family programs, museum exhibitions, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical and pop concerts, lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener and Educator-led talks and tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.
Our Mission, Old Westbury Gardens seeks to inspire appreciation of the early 20th century American country estate through faithful preservation and interpretation of its landscape, gardens, architecture, and collections.