Recent Stories: Garden

Jennifer Landes
July 17, 2014

Susan and Stanley Reifer will open their Bridgehampton garden on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. through the Garden Conservency.

The garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu, Chinese artist who has incorporate Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism on the garden's five acres. The garden includes pavilions, bridges, and water features accessed by winding paths.

The garden is at 5 Paumanok Road, Bridgehampton and  admission is $5.

Star staff
July 15, 2014

The private Bridgehampton garden of Stanley and Susan Reifer will be open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

“The Reifer garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu, a noted Chinese artist, who has created a complex of graceful gardens on five acres that incorporate Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Employing Chinese craftsmen, he has constructed numerous pavilions, bridges, and water features interconnected by winding paths and illuminating viewing points,” the conservancy program said.

Abby Jane Brody
July 8, 2014

Plants with gold foliage have lots of curb appeal and often prove irresistible. Once they are home, however, they can be a challenge to the gardener. Are you looking to make a statement or create harmony with a team player?

Containers are easy, and flower beds, too. Generally, the more color the better. They are both more forgiving than the broader landscape, where trees and shrubs hold sway. When gold and chartreuse foliage is not used judiciously, all too easily the result is a disjointed collection of freaks rather than a garden.

Star staff
June 3, 2014

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will present “Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener,” an illustrated talk by Barbara Paul Robinson, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House.

Verey, who died in 2001, was an internationally known English garden designer, lecturer, and prolific garden writer who created the famous garden at Barnsley House, her home in England’s Cotswalds. The Prince of Wales, Elton John, and the New York Botanical Garden were among her clients.

Star staff
June 3, 2014

The Much Ado About Madoo Garden Market will kick off Friday, June 13, at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack with a cocktail party and market preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m.

Abby Jane Brody
June 3, 2014

There is nothing like being enveloped in a cloud of intense fragrance to jolt you into the here and now. Most of us are not disciplined enough to focus on the moment, but whether in a natural landscape or garden, that is where we ought to be to savor its beauty. Strongly fragrant plants can prod us into engagement with the present.

Jennifer Landes
May 27, 2014

The Parrish Art Museum will hold its annual two-day Landscape Pleasures benefit event on June 7 and 8. The first day is devoted to a morning-long symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second day is the tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Star staff
May 21, 2014

    A memorial gathering for Robert Dash, the founder of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, who died in September, will be held there on Sunday at 5 p.m. Several of Mr. Dash’s friends will speak, and afterward clams and Bloody Marys will be served in his honor. Those attending have been asked to let Alejandro Saralegui, the conservancy director, know in advance by phoning the Madoo office or emailing alejandro@madoo.org.

Mark Segal
April 29, 2014

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s annual house and garden tour, this year including six private properties in and around the village of East Hampton, will take place on May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evening before, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30, a cocktail party will be held at a newly built classic cottage-style house on Ocean Avenue as a fund-raiser for the church’s community outreach programs.

Star staff
April 8, 2014

    The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will present an illustrated lecture by Vincent Covello, author of “The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation,” on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House.

Star staff
March 11, 2014

    “Help and Where to Get It for Your Garden’s Health,” a full-day seminar covering six topics, will be hosted by the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A panel of horticultural experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will conduct the program.

Abby Jane Brody
March 4, 2014
Most people have had their fill of snow this winter, but our gardens would fare much better if they remained covered by a blanket of snow until the jet stream changes and the cycle of freeze-thaw gives way to stable, moderating temperatures.

    Gardeners will understand when I say I was elated last Thursday afternoon when it seemed the snow might actually accumulate. That was not to be. The so-called Sunday-night storm was a bust, too. It has been a week of the worst of all possible worlds for our gardens: temperatures plunged with no renewal of the poor man’s compost, snow.

Star staff
March 4, 2014

    “The Flower of Empire,” an illustrated talk by Tatiana Holway, author of a book by the same name, will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Published last April, Ms. Holway’s book describes the 1837 discovery in Guiana of a giant Amazonian water lily that influenced botany, industry, culture, and empire in Victorian England.  Admission is $10, free for members, and refreshments will be provided.
 

Abby Jane Brody
February 19, 2014

    Would you like a tip on how to convince yourself it’s a bright and sunny day when the reality is quite the opposite?      
            
    Use plants with clear yellow, evergreen foliage.

Abby Jane Brody
February 11, 2014

    If it’s possible, I think I love my garden best in winter and find it more exciting than in spring. That’s because something is in flower, and most often it is fragrant, nearly every sunny, warm day from Christmas week on. Spring, when everything explodes into flower at once, can be overwhelming. So much is happening that it all becomes a big blur. But in January and February, the garden slows down, and it is easier to appreciate and luxuriate in each of the garden’s treasures.   

Star staff
February 4, 2014

    The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack will open its winter lecture series on Sunday at noon with “City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts,” a talk by Catie Marron, author of the book by the same name.

Star staff
February 4, 2014

    LongHouse Reserve has announced its first study tour, to London and gardens in Sussex, Kent, the Cotswalds, and the capital. The tour will take place June 5 through June 12 and will focus on gardens at the height of the season.

Star staff
January 28, 2014

    The first Robert Dash Discourse on Garden Design, planned to be an annual benefit for the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, will take place on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery in Manhattan. Arne Maynard, a noted garden designer based in London and Wales, will speak on “A Sense of Place,” discussing his projects in Europe and the United States. A cocktail reception will follow.

Star staff
October 22, 2013

    The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons’ library in the Bridgehampton Community House, which was has been closed for renovations, will celebrate its reopening Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with a reception for the public and members of the alliance. The library has Long Island’s largest collection of horticultural books, magazines, and videos.

Abby Jane Brody
October 22, 2013

    What? How could it be October when jolts of fresh colors and sensuous fragrance have been reverberating in the garden all month?
          
    I don’t mean the last roses of the year or the Coreopsis Full Moon that has been flowering its little yellow heads off since July in the Mimi Meehan Native Plant Garden.

Star staff
September 18, 2013

   LongHouse Reserve will present Fergus Garrett and Warrie Price with honors at its biennial Landscape Awards Ceremony and lunch, beginning at noon on Saturday. The event recognizes the “craft and selfless service of two prominent horticultural leaders,” according to LongHouse.

Abby Jane Brody
July 16, 2013

    The fog, drizzle, and downpour on Saturday morning reflected the mood of the scores who attended a funeral service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton for Jim Jeffrey. Nature shed tears for the loss of a friend and leader who touched the lives of many in the diverse pockets of our community: music, A.A., the congregation of St. Luke’s, gays and lesbians, and not least, gardening.  I can’t speak for the other groups, but in the East Hampton gardening world, Jim was patriarch.

Star staff
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