A whimsical celebration of the summer solstice
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Phipps — who served on the Board of Old Westbury Gardens since it first opened to the public in 1959, was president from 1978 to 1994, chairman from 1994 to 2012, and is presently chairman emeritus — was honored last month with the Garden Club of America’s Distinguished Service Medal, for distinguished service in the field of horticulture, “Her sensitive and vigilant stewardship has been a key element in preserving and maintaining one of this country’s most significant examples of a public garden that has never lost its original contours of horticultural excellence,” the GCA stated when it presented her with the award.
“Along with Peggie, no other individual has contributed more than Mary to make this the wonderful place that it is,” says Kish. “She has kept Old Westbury Gardens thriving for more than 50 years.”
When: Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Advance registration is required for Find a Flower Fairy, which costs $8, $5 children 4-17; also Midsummer Jazz, which costs $20. Saturday admission is $15. Sunday’s concert is free with admission.
Where: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. (516) 333-0048 or www.oldwestburygardens.org.