Friday, April 19th
Dear Friends of Old Westbury Gardens,
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our grand opening, we consider how much your endorsement and commitment has meant to Old Westbury Gardens. Through your generosity, the Gardens has been able to serve the community as a leading culture institution for 60 years. Today, and going forward, it is up to us who believe in the importance of supporting Old Westbury Gardens to maintain its legendary level of preservation, horticulture, and education programs. While keenly aware of the many challenges ahead, the Gardens continues to hold an optimistic vision for the future.
The 60th anniversary allows us to look back on how far Old Westbury Gardens has come and reflect on the role that we've assumed in the community. This milestone anniversary not only brings a plethora of innovative events to the Gardens, but also a series of preservation projects. This year our focus will be to restore the condition of Westbury House, starting with the replacement of the 113-year-old Collyweston slate roof using the original sourced material.
Each donation received is a measure of success – it fuels the collective imagination for how to better serve the public every year. Your donation will allow the superior horticultural level to be maintained, enhance programs and events, entice visiting students to return with their parents and inspire new friends to enjoy the spectacular gardens and open space. As you have experienced, at the heart of Old Westbury Gardens is the intimate relationship between a visitor, the house and the vast grounds. Frequent visitors think of the Gardens much as if it were their own backyard. It is our hope that you will support our mission and allow Old Westbury Gardens to remain among the best preserved landmarks on Long Island.
Carol E. Large
Chairman, Board of Trustees
President and CEO