Garden

Garden events on the South Fork
Margaret Kerr’s Springs garden will be part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program on Saturday. Garden Conservancy

Dianne Benson and Lys Marigold, two of the organizers, have found six properties to include, all rich with local and artistic history.
The Landing, a 12-acre property on Accabonac Harbor that has not been open to the public previously, will be on the Old Stone Stroll on May 16.
The compound once owned by Costantino and Ruth Nivola will be part of the Old Stone Stroll. Durell Godfrey
The Le Corbusier mural inside the house at the Nivola propertyDurell Godfrey
Peter Bickford and Greg McCarthy's Willow Hill features a reclaimed barn guest house that the couple had brought down from Canada plank by plank.Durell Godfrey
The tree house on Marcia Previti's property
Judith and Gerson Leiber's public gate

A sulphur butterfly visits Joe-Pye Weed.
Monarch butterflies, which are in decline, love seaside goldenrod among other native plants.
Bumble bees like seaside goldenrod too.
Seeded in 1986, it has 350 members and a library with 3,000 volumes
Elaine Peterson, president and writer, shows her delight with the new library.
The fair grounds, at the Bridgehampton Museum, were packed with people and plants.
Bettina Benson was a happy volunteer at the annual garden fair and plant sale last year.
Durell Godfrey and Bridge Gardens Photos
In addition to prickly pear, other culinary herbs, such as two varieties of rosemary, chicory, and comfy, are cultivated at Bridge Gardens.
Rick Bogusch, the general manager, above, enjoys introducing visitors to the unusual plants at Bridge Gardens.
The prickly pear (left of the stone walk) has pale yellow flowers in June; its fruit can be harvested in the fall for juice and jellies.
This monkey flower marker is among the many in the South Fork Natural History Museum’s native wildflower garden.

The original lavender pink has been bred to provide a broad range of colors, including immaculate white and pure pinks, in addition to a number of reds and a deep purple. Durell Godfrey
Left, the flowers of crape myrtles are composed of tiny, thin petals with ruffled edges. Right, this vibrant color reminds one observer of watermelon on ice. Durell Godfrey
Winter reveals beautiful peeling bark on the crape myrtles’ multiple trunks. Durell Godfrey
The lawn has been reduced by 43 percent and areas around trees and along walls are now beds for native and evergreen plants.
To keep deer from hopping over the antique gate, seen in the image at left, aluminum frames, containing mesh printed with landscape images, increase the gate’s height to eight feet.
Tall grasses, seen from the kitchen, look good year round.
A second layer now accompanies the original drapes, seen above in 2012.

This serpentine pond, one of two, reflects foliage in early autumn. Kristina Gale
One of the several waterfalls looks as if it was created by a glacier. Kristina Gale
Hybrid tulips pack these flower beds with vivid color in the spring. Kristina Gale
Wildflowers provide a handsome ribbon of color in a dry river bed. Kristina Gale
Coleus is planted among the perennials and lilies under a crabapple. Kristina Gale
Phloxes and blue spikes of camassia are in bloom in the May garden. Kristina Gale
The gazebo, found in a Southampton antiques shop and restored, is both a folly and a viewing platform. Kristina Gale

At the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack

At the Bridgehampton Community House