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.
The event this year is in memory of the artist and gardener Robert Dash, who transformed his Sagaponack property, Madoo, into a very personal vision of color and movement. He once described gardening as a way of “thinking out loud, about painting, actually.” Dash died last year after a long illness. Madoo, which is now a conservancy, will be a featured property on the June 8 tour.
Those speaking at the symposium will include Chip Callaway, Martin Filler, and Arne Maynard. Mr. Callaway is a landscape architect whose firm Callaway & Associates has designed hundreds of gardens in the South as well as on Nantucket, Long Island, and in Palm Beach and England. The architecture critic for the New York Review of Books, Mr. Filler is the author of a two-volume collection, “Makers of Modern Architecture.” Mr. Maynard has designed gardens in Europe, the United States, and Japan and has written two books, “Gardens with Atmosphere” and “Garden Design Details.” His work is known for an attention to detail and references to disciplines such as interior design and architecture.
Sunday’s self-guided garden tour will take place rain or shine and includes the Southampton Village gardens of Tory Burch, Joan and Bernard Carl, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, and Margaret and R. Peter Sullivan.
Ms. Burch’s residence, Westerly, is one of the few Georgian-style brick mansions on the South Fork and dates to 1929. Its grounds were designed by Perry Guillot. The property features a sunken boxwood-lined formal garden as well as new plantings of yew, rhododendron, and holly to complement the older gardens.
“Little Orchard” is the name of the Carls’ grand garden on Coopers Neck Lane on a property that dates back to 1913. Once the home of Doris Merrill Magowan, heiress to the Merrill Lynch fortune, many of the trees on the property date back to that time. Since their purchase of the property 15 years ago, the Carls have attempted to honor the garden’s tradition while making it their own. The earlier design dates from the mid-20th century and the landscape architecture firm of Innocenti and Webel, known for its geometric designs that referred back to European gardens and such decorative features as balustrades, ornamental gates, and urns, according to the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Ms. Peltz and Mr. Ruttenberg’s garden was designed by Jack deLashmet and is maintained by Kim Lipkin, the property’s head gardener, who will be at the property to discuss its development. This garden will have a limited viewing time of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The property, pieced together from subdivisions of an original estate once occupied by the van Rensselaer and Mortimer families, is still missing the portion that held the original mansion. Instead, the current owners linked former outbuildings into a more informal compound. The property has an informal pastoral feeling. Mr. deLashmet told The Star in 2012 that Mr. Ruttenberg, “a dedicated naturalist, wanted an unfussy setting that gave as much back to the landscape and the fauna that inhabits it as possible. The meadow is a tableau vivant of birds and butterflies, as much habitat as garden.”
Mr. deLashmet is a co-chairman of the event along with Lillian Cohen, Linda Hackett Munson, and Martha McLenahan. The tickets for the weekend are $225, or $175 for Parrish members. Those who purchase sponsor tickets of $350 and above will be invited to a cocktail reception on Saturday evening at the Moraine, a private Water Mill garden designed by Dash for Ala and Ralph Isham.