The garden features foot bridges and pavilions in a Chinese style.
The Reifer garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu
The more color the better
Gold makes purples “pop” and harmonizes well with blues, as it does in this combination of tradescantia and catmint.
Gold-netted honeysuckle and purple clematis grow over a green vine that throws the purple and gold into strong relief. Abby Jane Brody Photos
Strongly fragrant plants can prod us into engagement with the present
Left, the spicy scent of rhododendron Dexter’s Peppermint carries from one side of the garden to another. Right, Lily of the Valley’s intoxicating smell should not be overlooked.
Abby Jane Brody Photos
At the Bridgehampton Community House
At the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack
The event this year is in memory of the artist and gardener Robert Dash
The Parrish Art Museum’s two-day Landscapes Pleasures symposium and garden tour will take place next weekend and include the grounds of Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg’s residence, top, and those of Margaret and Peter R. Sullivan’s house, below.
Jennifer Landes and Doug Young Photos
At the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack
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.