Donald Horowitz held his nose against the pungent odor of his blooming corpse flower. Carissa Katz

A good crowd turned out last year for the first-ever seed swap organized by the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium. One will be held on Saturday. L.I.R.S.C.

Workshop participants chose from evergreens of all varieties as they began to assemble holiday centerpieces under the tutelage of the Garden Club of East Hampton on Monday. Durell Godfrey Photos
At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 4, Rosemary Killen, the club’s project chairwoman, stood among some of the raw materials. Durell Godfrey
Club members spray-painted dried flowers, seedpods, and decorative branches on Nov. 4.Durell Godfrey
Wendy Phillips, Rosemary Killen, Jake Markum, and Cathy Santamarina worked together on Nov. 18.Durell Godfrey
Olivia and Debbie Druker sorted through Santas, snowmen, and other ornaments that will be added to the finished centerpieces. Durell Godfrey
The materials included some that were store-bought, but many that were collected and prepared by garden club members.Durell Godfrey
The "experts" from the Garden Club were on hand at the senior citizens center on Monday to offer suggestions and help.Durell Godfrey
Workshop participants hard at work on MondayDurell Godfrey
At left, Pat Mercer of the Garden Club of East Hampton was in fine holiday spirits on Monday. On the right, Raphael Rojas showed off his finished centerpiece.Durell Godfrey
Martina Sandy, left, and Mike Geller had pieces to be proud of by the end of the workshop.Durell Godfrey

The result of a grant from the Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation
Those interested in seeing the latest building and garden restoration projects at Madoo, including the Asian pond and the summer studio, can now do so for free. Mick Hales

Mortal combat
Last year, the author extolled the virtues of groundcover plants, left. This year, right, it’s a different story. Are they a blessing or a curse? Abby Jane Brody Photos

An unusually wet and chilly spring was great for rhododendrons, including these decades-old beauties in Wendy Serkin’s garden. Their annual bloom not only lasted longer than usual but produced a jaw-dropping display of brilliant colors. Ms. Serkin was pleased to show visitors around when they were at their peak.

Saturday’s self-guided tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
A bench, a stone path, and a mighty rhododendron add to the charm of the Sanders-Wilson property. Durell Godfrey
With its rose-edged peony buds set to burst in time for Saturday’s Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’s garden tour, the grounds of the property owned by Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger could be the hit of the day. Durell Godfrey
Frances Schultz's Bee CottageDurell Godfrey

Celebrated internationally for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity, and brightly colored landscaping
Alejandro Saralegui, Madoo’s director, presided over last year’s Much Ado event. Durell Godfrey

Rhododendron viscosum
The Marydel coastal azalea, above, blooms in early June, as does the unknown fragrant azalea, below. Abby Jane Brody Photos
A late bloomer, the Plumleaf azalea, hits its peak in August.

Seven gardens will each offer different terrain, environments, and designs