Friday, February 14, 2014

Gold Coast Grand Gestures

© Old Westbury Gardens, Jim Large
February is always a romantic month and a time for grand gestures, but many of the residents of the North Shore took gift giving and wedding proposals to a whole new level. 
© Old Westbury Gardens
© Old Westbury Gardens
Most memorable was John S. Phipps's wedding proposal to his future bride Margarita Grace. To fully convince her to leave her beloved England, Phipps promised to build her an English-style home and garden like the one she would be leaving behind.  
© Old Westbury Gardens
Halcyon Days by Peggie Phipps, Richard Gachot, 1905
He did not disappoint, after their wedding the couple broke ground and began construction on Westbury House (now Old Westbury Gardens).
© Old Westbury Gardens, Richard Cheek
Margarita’s beloved walled garden stands a reminder of that romantic promise and inspires countless visitors to the gardens every year.


  1. Great post . It takes me almost half an hour to read the whole post. Definitely this one of the informative and useful post to me. Thanks for the share.Gold Coast Sending out a BIG welcome aboard to some of our newest exhibitors who will be joining us at the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

  2. WHERE can you find a rich tycoon who can do something like this for your these days? You just tell me where to find one, I'll be glad to leave my hometown, pack up my things in storage and get married to the man myself! Haha!