Garden as Art Tour Saturday

Durell Godfrey

    On Saturday, Guild Hall will hold its annual Garden as Art tour featuring five gardens around the South Fork. Tomorrow there will be a cocktail reception for patrons at Windy Dune, Lucy and Steve Cookson’s estate in the Devon Colony in Amagansett.
    Saturday begins with a continental breakfast and lecture by Edmund Hollander, who will sign copies of “The Private Oasis.” The new book on garden design, written with Maryanne Connelly and Philip Langdon, focuses on the built elements of the garden.
    The tour, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m., includes the properties of Michael MacElhenny and David Wine in East Hampton, Lisa and Richard Perry on North Haven, Lenore and Adam Sender in Sag Harbor, Jenny and Trey Laird in Bridgehampton, and Jody and Larry Carlson, also in Bridgehampton.
    The MacElhenny and Wine garden was designed by Mr. Hollander and shows how to make the most of a smaller village lot in a historic district. The property features a centuries-old elm and separate dining and swimming areas.
    The Perry garden is situated on a bayfront bluff with water views, sculptures, and a richly landscaped path to a private beach with a bathing pavilion.
    Deborah Nevins designed the Laird garden, which has a boxwood path, a pool, a pavilion, and a fountain garden. The Carlsons’ is loosely based on Tuscan design and makes use of some Asian elements set in what had been potato fields. Trees, orchards, parterres, and a studio garden are some of its features.
    At the Sender garden, a pond, horse paddocks, and sculptures are some of the highlights at a property designed by Michael Derring.
    Tickets start at $100 ($85 for Guild Hall members) for the breakfast, lecture, and tour. Patrons’ tickets cost $300 and come with the Friday night cocktail party from 6 to 8. Benefactors, who pay $500, will be invited to the cocktail party and a lunch at one of two estates in East Hampton with exceptional gardens from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased through Laura Perrotti at