Garden as Art: Behind the Hedges

A theme of architecture and landscape in harmony
Fond Fithian in East Hampton Village, above, features plentiful blooms and a mini beach. Durell Godfrey, photos

   The Garden as Art, Guild Hall’s annual tour that takes visitors behind the hedges of houses with outstanding grounds, will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A cocktail party for patrons and benefactors will be held tomorrow at Alice and Allan Ryan’s residence in Bridgehampton.
    Saturday’s event begins with breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by a panel discussion moderated by the architecture critic Paul Goldberger. There are two landscape designers on the panel, Edwina von Gal and Edmund Hollander, and two architects, Lee Skolnick and Annabelle Selldorf.
    The tour carries over the theme of architecture and landscape in harmony. The $100 tickets include the breakfast, discussion, and tour, which starts at noon.
    A garden in Bridgehampton features a cherry orchard, a formal flower garden, an allée, pool, courtyard garden, and rolling lawns, with a Shingle Style residence set among them.
   In East Hampton, Elizabeth Lear’s garden was created by the owner, a landscape designer whose 1770 house on Main Street has been fully restored. The garden often displays sculpture from the Eric Firestone Gallery.
    The Tristana Waltz garden, also in East Hampton, was named Fond Fithian by the owner’s daughter. The grounds, designed by Charlie Marder, include a beach in miniature and a children’s garden with dwarf plants and flowers everywhere. A 100-year-old tulip tree is among the numerous specimen trees gracing the grounds.
    Ngaere Macray and David Seeler’s garden is an extension of the Bayberry Nursery, owned by Mr. Seeler. Their Adirondack-style house is set in a naturalistic landscape with a half-acre pond whose center island abuts the foundation of the house. A brick dining area shaded by an ancient tree overlooks a sunny meadow and a walled-in pool garden.
    Andrew Sabin’s Turtle Bluff in Amagansett encompasses several acres from Bluff Road to Montauk Highway. Parts of the grounds have a manicured elegance, but most are eclectic and idiosyncratic, with farm animals roaming about (goats, a pig, and more), vegetable gardens, beehives, a meadow said to be “funky,” and a pond.
    The garden of Brooke Kroeger and Alexander Goren exists between Hither and Middle Lanes in East Hampton on almost four acres, with fruit trees, a rose-covered cottage, courtyards with honeysuckle and boxwood balls, a cutting garden, and a vegetable garden. The 18th-century house was recently enlarged and the gardens redesigned to complement the new structure.
    Tickets to the event also include admission on Saturday to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton and the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. They are available through Laura Perrotti at Guild Hall.   

Fond Fithian in East Hampton Village, above, features plentiful blooms and a mini beach.
The Elizabeth Lear garden has a mix of statuary from Belle Epoque to....
Kenny Scharf's madcap faces.
Andy Sabin's garden features garden statuary as well as more lively and alive features.
Mr. Sabin's goats, a pig, and various fowl add to the farmyard effect of the front portion of his property in Amagansett.
In Bridgehampton, a traditional cottage is set off by orchards and formal flower gardens.
The Bridgehampton garden also features artwork as most of the gardens in the tour do.