Hempstead House Garden Renovation at Sands Point Preserve


Cultural/Historic, Waterfront


Sands Point Preserve


Sands Point, NY





MNLA created a new Hempstead House Garden that was redesigned out of necessity. After 1,500 rose bushes were decimated by Rosette’s Disease, MNLA seized the opportunity to design a new, four-season, garden of diverse, native species to support the local ecosystem. The iconic garden is a focal point of the historic Guggenheim estate, and ushers in its second century by combining beauty with environmental underpinning and universal accessibility.

The re-imagined Hempstead House Garden is a naturalistic planting design that provides year-round interest and balances the scale of the garden with its picturesque surroundings using a palette of native flora and climate-appropriate, pollinator plants, offering a sensory experience.

The garden’s success is evidenced by becoming a local destination for visiting school groups and adult nature programs hosted by the Conservancy. Ranked by the Audubon Society as one of the best birding locations in Nassau County, the new plantings contribute food and shelter to migratory and resident birds.

Ties to the formality of the historic garden are maintained by preserving the original boxwood hedges and introducing benches that invite visitors to mingle, rest, and enjoy the garden and the views.

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