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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s first-ever house and garden tour
There’s no telling what you might find on Saturday as part of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s first-ever house and garden tour. Among the offerings: a house and garden on David’s Lane and one on Further Lane.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold a garden and house tour on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a cocktail party kickoff at a house on Hook Pond tomorrow night from 6 to 8. The tour will take in six properties in East Hampton, each with a different appeal.
    At Bee Cottage, Frances Schultz has preserved a 1920s stucco cottage and its “cozy cheerful spirit” with careful decorating to make the tiny rooms seem much larger than they are. Outside is a small pool adorned with wire urns and a summer-blooming English garden.
    At Dianne Benson’s garden, color, texture, and patterns rule. She contrasts leaf shapes and perennials, among other things, to achieve dramatic looks. At a one-acre plot near the Nature Trail on David’s Lane, she has been experimenting with exotic plants and tropicals that thrive in full or speckled sun. The house combines collections of avant-garde and traditional furnishings and art.
    Calista Washburn has a garden of spring bulbs, unusual trees, stone walls, and a red barn, with the sound of the ocean accompanying it. Her hand is evident throughout.
    Peter S. Wilson and Scott Sanders have a Craig Socia-designed garden in a Japanese style. Multihued evergreens mix with Japanese maples and balls of conifers, barberry, and boxwood. A 60-foot twig bridge that leads to a tennis court is just one of the man-made marvels on the site.
    Ken Lipper’s house on Hook Pond, the site of the cocktail party, has been transformed into a natural and masculine retreat where polished wood floors, brickwork, leather, and earth tones meet kitchen cabinets in the deep Italian blue of a Ferrari’s finish. Large windows bring the outside (which includes a teardrop pool) into the house, providing a seamless transition.
    At Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz’s property, a 1928 manor house is set on an ocean dune with a formal croquet court and an expansive lawn. The gardens include a colorful meadow, a formal cutting garden, a cottage garden and rose bed, and a summer kitchen garden. A woodland walk leads to the dunes.
    The cost of the tour is $50. The cocktail party and tour cost $125. Patron tickets are available for $350 for two tickets to the tour and cocktail party. Tickets are available through the church office.