ARF Benefit: A Tour of East Hampton Gardens

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ garden tour, now in its 27th year, returns to East Hampton
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will feature two gardens designed by Craig James Socia, his own, and the Further Lane residence, above, of Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders. Durell Godfrey Photo

    After a sojourn in Southampton last year, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ garden tour, now in its 27th year, returns to East Hampton on June 15. The tour features six private gardens, complimentary admission to the Much Ado About Madoo garden market sale in Sagaponack, and a separate cocktail reception.
    Highlights include the gardens of two landscape designers, Craig James Socia’s Craigmoor property on Accabonac Road and that of Michael Derrig and his wife, Dwyer, on Buell Lane Extension.
    The Derrigs’ residence will also be the site for free refreshments during the tour hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Among the other properties are those of Barrie Berg and Antonio Munoz, Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz, Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders, and Jan and Randy Slifka.
    The tour is self-guided, and ticketholders can see the gardens in any order. A cocktail reception immediately follows, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the iconic home of Mary Jane and Charles Brock in the Village of East Hampton. Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichandler are heading up this year’s event.
    There are properties in Georgica, in the woods, off the ocean, and on the beach itself. Many of the gardens incorporate formal, more casual, and organic sections. Specimen trees, lily ponds, stacked stone walls, water features, and unique pool, hot tub, and outdoor shower designs are some of the inspirations awaiting.
    Tickets for the tour cost $75 each and can be purchased through ARF by phone or on its Web site, They can also be had in person at the adoption center at 91 Daniel’s Hole Road in East Hampton, the organization’s thrift shop on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, and at the following garden centers: Lynch’s and Mecox Gardens in Southampton, East Hampton Gardens, Bayberry in Amagansett, and the Sag Harbor Florist.
    Tickets for the tour and cocktail reception cost $175 and must be purchased in advance by phone, online, or at ARF’s adoption center. All proceeds from the tour benefit ARF.