Jack Lenor Larsen Morgan McGivern
Jack Lenor Larsen’s residence at LongHouse, destined to become a design museum, features work by Wharton Esherick, a 20th-century designer known for sculptural utilitarian objects. These include a decorative archway, above, and a suite of dining furniture, a bench, and a Cubist-style mirror, below. LongHouse Reserve
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Around LongHouse’s fifth anniversary, The Star captured Jack Lenor Larsen by its fountain and pond.LongHouse Reserve
Mr. Larsen, who admits he is “deep into pots,” said he learned a while ago that leaving them on tables was an invitation to dust and damage. Instead, he keeps them on shelves behind screens for viewing safety.LongHouse Reserve

New sculptures arrive before the summer rush at LongHouse Reserve’s open-air garden-cum-gallery
Dale Chihuly's "Cobalt Reeds" demonstrates that blown glass can be an art form. The artist donated it in 2003. LongHouse Photo
The bronze Kiki Smith woman and sheep reflect her exploration of the human body and its relationship to the animal and natural worlds.
Willem de Kooning's bronze "Reclining Figure," above, is one of 13 originally modeled in clay.
Eric Fischl's "Tumbling Woman" was commissioned to commemorate 9/11. The artist has said the sculpture "feels like a dream in which somebody is floating."LongHouse Photo
The 25 identical figures are Yue Minjun's “Chinese Contemporary Warriors.” In bronze, they bear enigmatic, attenuated smiles, a signature element of his work.
Yoko Ono’s “Play It By Trust” is an interactive chessboard, designed with all-white pieces as a metaphor for the futility of war.LongHouse photo
More than 50 people helped Mariyo Yagi create “NAWA Axis for Peace.” The artist says it “symbolically binds a wide range of persons, transcending all boundaries, ages, and differences in backgrounds.”LongHouse photo
Lynda Benglis’s “Migrating Pedmarks” was made during a period when she was thinking about fountains and water flow.LongHouse photo
Above left: Sol LeWitt’s “Irregular Progression, High #7” is from his late career. Above right: Takashi Soga uses an ingenious method of counterbalances to create monumental kinetic pieces, which seem to defy gravity and move without visual support. This one is "Eye of the Ring."LongHouse photos

Open from May to October and of interest all year
Alex Feleppa, LongHouse’s horticulturalist. Carissa Katz

Tough enough to survive our cold-and-thaw winters and hot, humid summers?
Left, pale yellow, heat-tolerant hybrid primrose. Right, bright yellow Primula Sweet Sunshine Abby Jane Brody Photos
Left, Primula Dale Henderson. Right, Primula Wanda.

Skye Tanzmann, a student at John M. Marshall Elementary School, shows off her winning entry.
Amy Garcia, who also attends Tuckahoe, earned a first-place ribbon for a watercolor.
Ramos Jesus points to his second-place winner. He goes to the Tuckahoe School.
Matthew Feit’s watercolor won third-place. He attends East Hampton High School.

Making sure plantanthera ciliaris blooms again
Platanthera ciliaris (as_Habenaria_ciliaris)
Employees of iGreen Environmental Landscape Design handled the heavy work. “Remove the branches, but be careful not to disturb the soil,” a botanist warned them. Durell Godfrey
Leslie Clarke, standing, and Julie Sakellariadis, kneeling, members of the Garden Club of East Hampton, are working to save what is left of our rare local orchids.Durell Godfrey
Small cages guard emerging plants from unwary hikers and hungry deer. Durell Godfrey
Botanists, conservationists, and naturalists helped clear branches and leaves. Durell Godfrey

A peaceful atmosphere where less is more
A peaceful atmosphere where less is more. Abby Jane Brody
Calming white flowers fill beds by the house, where a glass wall reflects the landscape.
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A stone bench and well-detailed boulder plantings, shown in a side view above, echo the adjacent wall.

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Sunken garden, circa 1910, with a reflecting pool, Italianate pergola, and crape myrtle-lined allées
Victoria Fensterer is seen in her element. Durell Godfrey
A romantic pergola was enlarged and a swimming pool and new plantings and walkways put in beyond it. Robert Eckholm
The pool is where the pond and fountain had been. Robert Eckholm
A photo from the Library of Congress shows the original garden house.
Another photo from the Library of Congress shows the circular pool and rose-covered wall in Frank B. Wiborg’s ca. 1910 sunken garden.
Workmen removing a section of the wall to connect the garden to the rest of the property Robert Eckholm