Gardens Bloom Again for ARF

Celebrating its 30th year, the tour will include five private gardens of note
The garden of Rosalind and Ken Landis in Wainscott overlooks Georgica Pond. Durell Godfrey

Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott will be the focus of this year’s Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons garden tour, to be held on Saturday. Celebrating its 30th year, the tour will include five private gardens of note.

Edmund Hollander, a nationally prominent landscape architect who has an office in Sag Harbor, designed the Bridgehampton garden of Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes. A textbook case of matching landscape to setting and architecture, it was featured in his book “Gardens for the New Country Place.” With a view of the marshes leading to Sagg Pond, the surrounding landscape has a rough nativism to it, and the garden echoes that, while taming it for family use. Manicured lawns and garden rooms still allow the encroaching beach grass to serve as a natural border. The pool is edged with wildflowers, and an open terrace is naturally shaded with creeping thyme.

Nancy Corzine’s Bridgehampton garden uses primarily indigenous plants in a restrained style reminiscent of her furniture and interior design. For her, the wildlife that comes to visit is as much a part of the landscape as the bushes, trees, and grasses she hand-picks for it. 

Mr. Hollander was also responsible for the original English-style garden of Rosalind and Ken Landis, which overlooks Georgica Pond in Wainscott, including its perennial borders and a cutting garden. When the garden outgrew its original design, the Christopher LaGuardia Design Group stepped in for an update. Its solutions were to open up the view to the water and add plantings that would bloom throughout the season. The pool area features richly textured beds, statuary, and planters in the shape of baskets, all with pink, white, and purple flowers.

Also in Wainscott is the house and garden of Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss. The nucleus of the house was the old Wainscott post office, which they moved from Main Street to their property in 1978. It has since been renovated and expanded. The garden, the work of Edwina von Gal, is imbued with her naturalist aesthetic and sustainable principles. She has created a view that moves seamlessly from lawn and garden to meadow.

In Sagaponack, Gillian Spreckels Full­er’s garden has an experimental quality, something along the lines of an English garden, but with her own personal stamp.

Tickets for the self-guided tour, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., are $85. A ticket that includes admission to a cocktail party at the oceanfront house of Barbara Slifka tomorrow night from 5 to 8 costs $175. 

All tickets must be purchased in advance by calling ARF or visiting its website. Tickets are also available at Lynch’s Garden Center and Mecox Gardens in Southampton, East Hampton Gardens, the Bayberry in Amagansett, the Sag Harbor Florist, and Marders in Bridgehampton.

The view of Georgica PondDurell Godfrey
The covered porchDurell Godfrey
The poolDurell Godfrey
A planter by the poolDurell Godfrey
The Hughes house in Bridgehampton overlooks Sagg Pond.Durell Godfrey
A patio covered with greeneryDurell Godfrey
The view to Sagg PondDurell Godfrey
The pool and its plantingsDurell Godfrey
Garden benchDurell Godfrey