Recent Stories: Garden

Jennifer Landes
photos by Durell Godfrey
June 16, 2015
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill offered a peak inside a variety of private gardens in East Hampton Town on Sunday through its Landscape Pleasures garden tour.

The Parrish Art Museum held its annual Landscape Pleasures tour and symposium this past weekend, with tours of several East Hampton gardens on Sunday along with a half day of discussions on Saturday of garden and home design-related topics.

Jennifer Landes
June 11, 2015
After a long winter of discontent, the glorious South Fork sun has produced gardens as bounteous as the pounds of pollen we are inhaling every day.

After a long winter of discontent, the glorious South Fork sun has produced gardens as bounteous as the pounds of pollen we are inhaling every day.

Christine Sampson
May 27, 2015
A plant sale will be held on Saturday at the Springs School to raise money for the Springs Seedlings, an after-school garden program at Project Most.

Students in Springs School's Project Most after-school gardening program have been busy growing flowers and organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs over the past several weeks in preparation for a plant sale on Saturday.

Jennifer Landes
photos by Durell Godfrey
May 19, 2015
The garden tour benefited the grounds restoration of St. Peter's Chapel.

Springs residents, St. Peter's Chapel supporters, and curiosity seekers all gathered in Springs for the Old Stone Stroll, a tour of private gardens, on Saturday.

In addition to the chapel, the tour consisted of seven properties on Old Stone Highway. The proceeds from ticket sales will benefit exterior improvements to the chapel, which was recently restored.

Jennifer Landes
May 7, 2015
Those who love looking at other people’s gardens are in for a treat this weekend. The South Fork is celebrating National Public Gardens Day tomorrow, while on Saturday the Garden Conservancy will hold one of its Open Days, when the public can stroll through five private gardens.

Those who love looking at other people’s gardens are in for a treat this weekend. The South Fork is celebrating National Public Gardens Day tomorrow, while on Saturday the Garden Conservancy will hold one of its Open Days, when the public can stroll through five private gardens.

photos by Durell Godfrey
April 27, 2015

Like all living things, plants are organized into natural units or families based on their genetic similarities. Understanding what family your favorite garden plant is a member of can help you better care and plan for it. For a botanist, looking at the flower (the reproductive structure) is usually all that’s needed to identify a plant's family.

photos by Durell Godfrey
April 27, 2015

In 1986, two Amagansett neighbors, Bill Shank, an architectural designer, and John Whitney, a garden designer and horticulturist, often found themselves having conversations over their common back fence about horticulture. They realized that they both thought it would be great for the East End horticultural community to be better connected.

Star Staff
April 7, 2015

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will host “The Sensory Appeal of Native Plants,” an illustrated talk by Gregg Tepper, a horticulturalist and consultant, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House.

Currently director of horticulture at Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, Mr. Tepper will discuss the ways native plants, wildflowers of forest and field, appeal to the five senses. He has lectured extensively on native plants throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Star Staff
April 7, 2015

The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack is ushering in spring with hands-on gardening workshops. Mike Gaines of CW Arborists will host “Trees and Shrubs,” a tour of the successes and failures of Madoo’s fall pruning campaign, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Mr. Gaines is an expert on boxwoods and box blight.

Abby Jane Brody
March 17, 2015

The flowers on the witch hazels opened within a few days of the temperature rising above freezing. One large clump of crocuses that had begun flowering in January before the blizzard resumed blooming as if six weeks of bitter cold and continuous snow had never happened. As the snow recedes the buds of the early crocuses and snowdrops are pushing out and need only a little sunshine to open.

Star Staff
December 9, 2014

For those suffering gardening withdrawal, the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is offering two supportive programs this weekend. An informal round-table discussion on broadleaf evergreens, originally scheduled for November, will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. The free program will be moderated by Pamela Harwood.

Abby Jane Brody
July 22, 2014

Blue hydrangeas are icons of summer in seaside areas along the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. What is summer without them? Well, we are finding out for the first time in decades.

It might be another 30 years before it happens again. However, this year’s washout creates an opportunity to find other hydrangeas that might be even more appealing and better able to withstand an occasional frigid winter.

Mopheads and many lacecap hydrangeas belong to the large leaf or macrophylla species, which has been affected. 

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.