ARF's Garden Fun For Everyone, This Year in East Hampton

Saturday’s self-guided tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
A bench, a stone path, and a mighty rhododendron add to the charm of the Sanders-Wilson property. Durell Godfrey

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.

Mr. Sanders and Mr. Wilson have created a dry riverbed of stone in their Asian-inspired garden. An antique stone lintel serves as a bridge, both visually and literally, to cross it. Visitors may well experience a Zen-like state of calm during their walk through the property.

At her charming “Bee Cottage,” Ms. Schultz has taken a small village lot and adorned it with massive shade trees, a boxwood-edged lawn, and begonias beckoning in window boxes and urns by the front door.

Although not in bloom as of last week when the photos were taken, the tantalizing promise of the rose-edged peony buds overwhelming their boxwood-lined beds in the garden of Mr. Goren and Ms. Kroeger could be enough to merit the price of admission. They should be in their glory by Saturday.

The specimen trees of Mr. Axel’s garden bathe the property in subtle shades of red, gold, and green. A stylishly pruned Japanese maple sets the tone in a driveway island.

The Dunlevys’ 1870 house was the second one built in the old East Hampton summer colony. Its garden’s late-Victorian style is tempered by the breezy informality of a summer house. 

A park-like setting distinguishes the Mendez property, originally designed by David Seeler for the Bayberry in Amagansett in 1971. 

The garden of the Mitchells features clematis and viburnums at the gate, which has a cannonball closure, alluding to the colonial era. Raised beds hold vegetables and flowers in a pleasing diamond pattern.

For those with a sense of history and an urge to celebrate, a benefit preview cocktail party will be held tomorrow night at the residence of Libby and Shahab Karmely, originally the home of Sarah Diodati Gardiner.

Saturday’s self-guided tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $85 for the tour; $175 for the tour and cocktail party, and must be purchased in advance online, by phone, or at ARF’s headquarters on Daniel’s Hole Road in Wainscott.

With its rose-edged peony buds set to burst in time for Saturday’s Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’s garden tour, the grounds of the property owned by Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger could be the hit of the day. Durell Godfrey
Frances Schultz's Bee CottageDurell Godfrey