Recent Stories: Garden

Carissa Katz
May 8, 2018
Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and here on the South Fork, the LongHouse Reserve, the Madoo Conservancy, and Bridge Gardens will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and here on the South Fork, the LongHouse Reserve, the Madoo Conservancy, and Bridge Gardens will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carissa Katz
March 15, 2018
Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Although this is the second of two Amorphophallus konjacs to bloom at the shop in three weeks, the phenomenon is hardly common, explained Donald Horowitz, an owner of Wittendale's. In fact, this is the first time the plants have bloomed since he began growing them about five years ago, and they are not likely to flower again for another two or more years. The massive flowers are at their stinkiest for just a day or two.

David E. Rattray
January 31, 2018
An all-day program of presentations, panel discussions, and a seed swap will take place on Saturday at the Riverhead campus of Suffolk Community College.

Growers, get ready! An all-day program of presentations, panel discussions, and a seed swap will take place on Saturday at the Riverhead campus of Suffolk Community College.

The event has been organized by the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium and will feature members of the Shinnecock Nation and Blossom Sustainable Development, a Shinnecock-owned nonprofit, along with the Feisty Acres bobwhite quail release program and East End farmers in a meet-up co-hosted by the Amagansett Food Institute.

Sessions will be held on adaptive gardening and horticulture therapy, community gardens and diversity, and seed libraries.

Durell Godfrey
December 22, 2017
A holiday centerpiece workshop at the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center on Monday was the culmination of months of work by the Garden Club of East Hampton, which started gathering and assembling materials for the popular program in late October.

A holiday centerpiece workshop at the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center on Monday was the culmination of months of work by the Garden Club of East Hampton, which started gathering and assembling materials for the popular program in late October. 

On Nov. 4, club members met at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to spray-paint dried flowers, seedpods, and decorative branches collected from their own gardens. Yarrow, hydrangeas, dried ferns, and milkweed pods were painted silver and gold, and poppy pods and branches were painted red.

The group gathered again on Nov. 18 at Katy and Tiger Graham’s house to sort their materials and continue their preparations.

Jennifer Landes
September 7, 2017
The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack announced last week that it would eliminate its $10 entrance fee, after receiving a grant from the Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation.

The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack announced last week that it would eliminate its $10 entrance fee, after receiving a grant from the Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation. 

Ms. Moss, who recently joined the Madoo board, learned that on the annual National Public Gardens Day in May, when entrance at many gardens is free, Madoo's attendance tripled. “Eliminating the $10 per person admission fee removes a barrier to entry for many of our guests,” said Alejandro Saralegui, the conservancy’s director. He reported that guests on the first free weekend had indicated their gratitude and left voluntary donations.

Abby Jane Brody
July 6, 2017
Was it only last summer when I was extolling the virtues of groundcovers, illustrating them (the virtues) with an image of a handsome mosaic of shade-loving, textured greens? Sweet woodruff, a variegated carex, and wild strawberry, a gift from Jacques Peltier of a plant from the French village where his mother lived. That was last year.

Was it only last summer when I was extolling the virtues of groundcovers, illustrating them (the virtues) with an image of a handsome mosaic of shade-loving, textured greens? Sweet woodruff, a variegated carex, and wild strawberry, a gift from Jacques Peltier of a plant from the French village where his mother lived. That was last year.

This year it’s a different story.  The sweet woodruff and the strawberry originally were planted away from each other. Now they are engaged in mortal combat, and it is easy to see the strawberry will win. In just one season the two have engulfed two young plants of false holly, osmanthus.  

Jennifer Landes
June 15, 2017
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ acro­nym, ARF, could stand for “A Route of Flowers” on Saturday, when its annual garden tour, this time focusing on properties in East Hampton, will be held.

The Animal Rescue Fund  of the Hamptons’ acro­nym, ARF, could stand for “A Route of Flowers” on Saturday, when its annual garden tour, this time focusing on properties in East Hampton, will be held.

The seven gardens on the tour include those of Richard Axel, Susan and Frank Dunlevy, Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger, Carol and Paul Mendez, Jackie and Alan Mitchell, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, and Frances Schultz. The tour also permits free entry to the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, where Much Ado About Madoo, the conservancy’s annual garden market (click for story) will take place.

Jackie Pape
June 15, 2017
The painter Robert Dash, who died in 2013, left a legacy much larger than his brushstrokes. The Star’s longtime garden critic, whose columns were renowned for their painterly approach to the color and placement of plants, Mr. Dash lives on not only in his art and written works but in Madoo, his own much-loved garden, now a conservancy open to the public. The Madoo Conservancy has become celebrated internationally for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity, and brightly colored landscaping.

The painter Robert Dash, who died in 2013, left a legacy much larger than his brushstrokes. The Star’s longtime garden critic, whose columns were renowned for their painterly approach to the color and placement of plants, Mr. Dash lives on not only in his art and written works but in Madoo, his own much-loved garden, now a conservancy open to the public. The Madoo Conservancy has become celebrated internationally for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity, and brightly colored landscaping.

Abby Jane Brody
June 8, 2017
If you’ve ever biked or run on Old Stone Highway or other roads near the bays and harbors in late June or early July, you could hardly miss the spicy fragrance of a white-flowered shrub on the edge of the woods.

If you’ve ever biked or run on Old Stone Highway or other roads near the bays and harbors in late June or early July, you could hardly miss the spicy fragrance of a white-flowered shrub on the edge of the woods. 

Jennifer Landes
June 1, 2017
The Garden Conservancy will hold one of its annual open days on the South Fork on Saturday, spanning Bridgehampton to Montauk.

The Garden Conservancy will hold one of its annual open days on the South Fork on Saturday, spanning Bridgehampton to Montauk.

Seven gardens will each offer different terrain, environments, and designs. All are open from 10 a.m. and most close at 4 p.m. (exceptions are noted below). There is a $7 fee to enter each, with children under 12 admitted free.

In Bridgehampton, the residence of Pamela Harwood and Peter Feder, at 371 Woodland Drive, features organic, deer-resistant plantings, herbs, striking foliage, and ornamental edibles. The seven-acre Entwood Garden at 100 Chase Court in Bridgehampton is casual but structured. Contoured landscaping encompasses intimate settings, unusual plant and rock specimens, and fields for recreation.

Abby Jane Brody
May 25, 2017
Plants that support pollinators and wildlife diversity, especially natives, are the most frequently requested today. Here on the East End, plants that are deer-resistant may be even more valued.

Plants that support pollinators and wildlife diversity, especially natives, are the most frequently requested today. Here on the East End, plants that are deer-resistant may be even more valued.

Star Staff
May 11, 2017
Three gardens on the South Fork will participate in National Public Gardens Day tomorrow. The day starts at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton with a tour led by Rick Bogusch at 10:30 a.m. The next stop is the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack at 1 p.m. LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is the last stop, where Alex Felleppa, the garden’s horticulturalist, will lead the tour at 3:30. The event, which is sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust, is free. Reservations can be made through its office.

Three gardens on the South Fork will participate in National Public Gardens Day tomorrow. The day starts at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton with a tour led by Rick Bogusch at 10:30 a.m. The next stop is the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack at 1 p.m.

Star Staff
May 2, 2017

David Falkowski, the proprietor of Open Minded Organics on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton, will share some of the mysteries of mushroom cultivation in a half-day workshop on Sunday. A Saturday session has sold out.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 1, 2017

A garden going in this spring at the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum, at the old Lester family homestead on North Main Street, will be the legacy of Matthew Lester, a young man who cared so much about bees that he planned a “pollinator garden” where they could find blooms through three seasons of the year.

Durell Godfrey
May 1, 2017

I became a tomato farmer by accident. My neighbor Lynn King happily grows cherry tomatoes every year, and even more happily, for me, she doesn’t like to eat them and shares them with me.

Star Staff
February 23, 2017
“Madoo Talks: House and Garden,” three lectures that will examine a variety of relationships between domestic life and gardens, will take place in the Sagaponack conservancy’s winter house studio on Sundays at noon during February and March.

“Madoo Talks: House and Garden,” three lectures that will examine a variety of relationships between domestic life and gardens, will take place in the Sagaponack conservancy’s winter house studio on Sundays at noon during February and March.

Abby Jane Brody
August 11, 2016
What’s the point of having the luxury of a long view into the garden if it’s blocked by a conventional flower border?

What’s the point of having the luxury of a long view into the garden if it’s blocked by a conventional flower border?

This conundrum illustrates that the tension between change and tradition, being manifest in all aspects of society, is playing out even in gardening and garden design. 

Abby Jane Brody
July 14, 2016
A forest glade with a thick carpet of ferns, etched in dappled sunlight cast by the shade of trees, has been a recurring dream since I first saw the island bed by Hollis Forbes’s driveway in East Hampton.

A forest glade with a thick carpet of ferns, etched in dappled sunlight cast by the shade of trees, has been a recurring dream since I first saw the island bed by Hollis Forbes’s driveway in East Hampton. 

Star Staff
June 23, 2016
“Planters: On and Off the Ground,” LongHouse Reserve’s annual juried invitational, will open on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the East Hampton garden, museum, and educational foundation. Martha Stewart will judge the competition, as she did in LongHouse’s inaugural year, and visitors will determine the People’s Choice Award. Presentations will take place at 6.

“Planters: On and Off the Ground,” LongHouse Reserve’s annual juried invitational, will open on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the East Hampton garden, museum, and educational foundation. Martha Stewart will judge the competition, as she did in LongHouse’s inaugural year, and visitors will determine the People’s Choice Award. Presentations will take place at 6. 

Abby Jane Brody
June 23, 2016
If you’ve been entranced by the bountiful crop of flowers on the kousa dogwoods this spring and have been tempted to add one to your garden, now is the time to act. Head right to your favorite garden center and pick one out while they are still in bloom — what you see is what you get, is what I was told years ago by a nurseryman.

If you’ve been entranced by the bountiful crop of flowers on the kousa dogwoods this spring and have been tempted to add one to your garden, now is the time to act. Head right to your favorite garden center and pick one out while they are still in bloom — what you see is what you get, is what I was told years ago by a nurseryman.

Star Staff
June 16, 2016
This year’s Much Ado About Madoo garden market and cocktail party will celebrate Robert Dash’s purchase of Madoo in Sagaponack in 1966 and the 50 years of organic gardening there that followed.

This year’s Much Ado About Madoo garden market and cocktail party will celebrate Robert Dash’s purchase of Madoo in Sagaponack in 1966 and the 50 years of organic gardening there that followed.

Star Staff
June 9, 2016
Five private gardens in Bridgehampton and East Hampton will be open to the public on Saturday as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Five private gardens in Bridgehampton and East Hampton will be open to the public on Saturday as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Mark Segal
June 9, 2016
Garden enthusiasts across the East End will be monitoring the weather reports this weekend in the hope that umbrellas will not be required for the Parrish Art Museum’s Sunday garden tours. But when it comes to such tours, whatever the weather, if you hold it, they will come.

Garden enthusiasts across the East End will be monitoring the weather reports this weekend in the hope that umbrellas will not be required for the Parrish Art Museum’s Sunday garden tours. But when it comes to such tours, whatever the weather, if you hold it, they will come.

Mark Segal
May 3, 2016

In recognition of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, and the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will offer a day of free one-hour guided tours. Space for this program is limited, and reservations, which can be made by calling 283-3195, are required.