Garden

A sulphur butterfly visits Joe-Pye Weed.
Monarch butterflies, which are in decline, love seaside goldenrod among other native plants.
Bumble bees like seaside goldenrod too.
Seeded in 1986, it has 350 members and a library with 3,000 volumes
Elaine Peterson, president and writer, shows her delight with the new library.
The fair grounds, at the Bridgehampton Museum, were packed with people and plants.
Bettina Benson was a happy volunteer at the annual garden fair and plant sale last year.
Durell Godfrey and Bridge Gardens Photos
In addition to prickly pear, other culinary herbs, such as two varieties of rosemary, chicory, and comfy, are cultivated at Bridge Gardens.
Rick Bogusch, the general manager, above, enjoys introducing visitors to the unusual plants at Bridge Gardens.
The prickly pear (left of the stone walk) has pale yellow flowers in June; its fruit can be harvested in the fall for juice and jellies.
This monkey flower marker is among the many in the South Fork Natural History Museum’s native wildflower garden.

The original lavender pink has been bred to provide a broad range of colors, including immaculate white and pure pinks, in addition to a number of reds and a deep purple. Durell Godfrey
Left, the flowers of crape myrtles are composed of tiny, thin petals with ruffled edges. Right, this vibrant color reminds one observer of watermelon on ice. Durell Godfrey
Winter reveals beautiful peeling bark on the crape myrtles’ multiple trunks. Durell Godfrey
The lawn has been reduced by 43 percent and areas around trees and along walls are now beds for native and evergreen plants.
To keep deer from hopping over the antique gate, seen in the image at left, aluminum frames, containing mesh printed with landscape images, increase the gate’s height to eight feet.
Tall grasses, seen from the kitchen, look good year round.
A second layer now accompanies the original drapes, seen above in 2012.

This serpentine pond, one of two, reflects foliage in early autumn. Kristina Gale
One of the several waterfalls looks as if it was created by a glacier. Kristina Gale
Hybrid tulips pack these flower beds with vivid color in the spring. Kristina Gale
Wildflowers provide a handsome ribbon of color in a dry river bed. Kristina Gale
Coleus is planted among the perennials and lilies under a crabapple. Kristina Gale
Phloxes and blue spikes of camassia are in bloom in the May garden. Kristina Gale
The gazebo, found in a Southampton antiques shop and restored, is both a folly and a viewing platform. Kristina Gale

At the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack

At the Bridgehampton Community House

Spring flowering will probably be extravagant and lush
Crocuses need only a little sun after the snow melts to encourage their full bloom.
Snowdrops, which in some years never see the white stuff, proved their name this year, peeking out from the accumulated drifts of a rough South Fork winter
Abby Jane Brody and Steven Kossak Photos

At the Bridgehampton Community House