The house and garden tour includes six private properties in and around the village of East Hampton
ARMILLARY (1 of 23)
Concentric circles represent the celestial sphere, with earth at its core. A sculptural addition to the garden, it deserves to be on a pedestal. Also known as a spherical astrolabe (you can look it up). $675, The Bayberry, 50 Montauk Highway, Amagansett.
WOODY (2 of 23)
A wreath of recycled wood for the side of a garden shed or over the fireplace. Can be decorated for any season and painted if your look is more cheeky than beachy. $29.99, Lynch’s Garden Center, 175 North Sea Road, Southampton.
SHOW-OFF (3 of 23)
Display a picture of your favorite gardener in a floral ceramic frame. It can stand horizontally or vertically and holds a 4 x 6. $44.99, C. Whitmore, 26 Montauk Highway, Amagansett.
LEAFY (4 of 23)
Ceramic holder in spring green for votives or tall candles, or to just sit around looking pretty. Perfect for a garden party, in clusters or lined up along a railing or the steps. Use battery votives if you are nervous about flames. $9, Salty Home, Bridgehampton Commons, Building 1, Suite 16. Bridgehampton.
FOLKY (5 of 23)
Birdhouses of felted wool are just right for wrens or chickadees. Hang them on a simplest branch, and remember that they have a hatch for cleaning. So cute you might want to keep them inside. $28 each, Groundworks@hrens, 530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton.
GAUNTLET (6 of 23)
Wearing these will keep you safe from thorns and prune with impunity. Leather and faux suede, they stand up to what your garden sends at you. (Matching apron has pockets.) $36, Fort Pond Native Plants, 26 South Embassy Street, Montauk.
TRIPPY (7 of 23)
Pinwheels for kids are good decorations for the yard at a party. Or take them to the beach to stake out your picnic. $6.99, Kites of the Harbor, 75 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
POINTER (8 of 23)
Where you want to be, where you should be, and where your friends will find you. Send visitors in the right direction. $28, Country Lane, 85 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
SPROUT (9 of 23)
Home gardeners can have sprouts for salads or stir-frys in less than a week. You can almost see them growing in the sprout jar. Kids may even agree to taste what they grew from scratch. Packets, lid, and jar sold separately, Marder’s Garden Shop, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton.
FOOTSIE (10 of 23)
Wear these with your flip flops to make a fashion statement and stroll through the garden without getting cold feet. $18.95, Khanh’s Sports, 60 Park Place, East Hampton.
HANG-OUT (11 of 23)
Cuddle and smooch or pretend you are on a boat in this cozy canvas nest. Fantasy reigns. Indoors in a playroom, or outside from a tree, it takes hanging out to a new level. Comes in several sizes and colors. This size $350, Davis Landscape Design, 98 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
PREPPY (12 of 23)
With signature patterns, these gizmos will keep your drink cold or your sunglasses in place while you do your gardening. Remember to stay hydrated, and don’t forget the sunblock. Drink-keeper, $6; Sunglass-keeper, $14, Lilly Pulitzer, 55 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
DIRT (13 of 23)
Let’s face it, gardening, or yardening, as the case may be, is dirty business. Nifty little nail brushes save the day after you’ve been digging. And the critters will charm the young ’uns, who get dirty just standing still. $4, General Home Store, 100 Park Place, East Hampton.
SAFE (14 of 23)
Discourage bad bugs! Locally made insect and tick repellent can be used without worry while you pull out weeds or stop to smell the roses. $12, Bliss Sleep Center, 103 Hayground Road, Water Mill.
IN/OUT/IN/OUT (15 of 23)
Don’t want your door to keep swinging when you are out in the garden? Hold it open with a vintage cast-iron doorstop. So full of ironic charm you might want to collect a couple for the mantle. The late 19th or early 20th century patina is almost the best part. Prices start at $180, Nellie’s of Amagansett, 230 Main Street, Amagansett.
POSIES FOR TOESIES (16 of 23)
Don’t garden in them, but you could tiptoe through the tulips with glee. Flower printed shoes are just the thing to jazz up a basic summer wardrobe, and tell the world you are no shrinking violet. $99, Shoe Inn, 52 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
GATHERING (17 of 23)
Pose the posies you grow (or buy at farm stands) in English pottery. Great for hydrangeas, goldenrod, and cosmos, or a mix. Country charm and city polish. $125, English Country Antiques, 26 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton.
LOTS OF POTS (18 of 23)
Tired of the terracotta? Put your herbs and annuals in black ceramic for the summer season. (Yes, they have drainage.) Bright colors available. From $10, Wittendale’s, 89 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
BOLDER HOLDERS (19 of 23)
A copper basket can hold pots of herbs, jars of field flowers, or the glow from votives. Copper pots on a tray make a stunning presentation. $59 for the basket; $95 for pots and tray, East Hampton Gardens, 16 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton.
NO MUSS, NO FUSS (20 of 23)
Black thumb-ers can make their own plants. Each kit has three little paper plants. They pack flat when necessary and require no watering. Go to it on a rainy day. $14.95, The Golden Eagle, 79 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
HELP (21 of 23)
Lightweight garden spade has measurements so you know how deep you are digging when transplanting or putting in seedlings. $8.99, Country Gardens (Agway), 125 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton.
DREAMING (22 of 23)
Waiting for the rain to stop, or staying up late to plan your garden, books provide inspiration. Prices vary, Bookhampton, 41 Main Street, East Hampton and 16 Hampton Road, Southampton.
LUXURY (23 of 23)
Think QE2 and you’re out on a deck watching the sunset. You can do that at home without getting a bit seasick. The real-deal adjustable steamer chair is teak, of course. $1,949, Hildreth’s, 109 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, and 51-55 Main Street, Southampton.
At the Bridgehampton Community House
The seminar will be held in the horticultural library on the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House
Our gardens would fare much better if they remained covered by a blanket of snow
Snakebark maple Phoenix.
Abby Jane Brody Photos
Early crocus after six weeks under snow.
At the Bridgehampton Community House
The bright and clear yellow running up and down the center of the grass cuts through the drear and subconsciously lifts the spirits
Yellow variegated Japanese white pine
Abby Jane Brody
In January and February, the garden slows down, and it is easier to appreciate and luxuriate in each of the garden’s treasures.
A paperback maple glows in the sun.
Abby Jane Brody Photos
Neither snow nor frigid weather deters the Christmas roses.
With the LongHouse Reserve
In the Winter House Studio