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Visitors stroll through the aisles of the main greenhouse at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Dec. 28, 2011)(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

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Winter at Long Island's arboretums

Here are five local arboretums that not only are open during winter, but offer a crisp-day diversion, an education about exfoliating bark and twisted forms and a peaceful, meditative walk. -- Jessica Damiano