Grasses and roses are revived, but with a contemporary twist.
Allen Townsend Terrell, an architect turned artist, painted “Summer Flowers,” an East End garden, in 1927. Courtesy Wallace Gallery

Notes From Madoo

By Abby Jane Brody
Lavender crocus has been blooming in East Hampton since Christmas. Abby Jane Brody
In the East Hampton Historical Society show, there are plenty of items for sale in the $500 to $1,000 range. For people looking for something special and willing to pay for it.
Abby Jane Brody

Progress in breeding has gone at warp speed and today there are literally dozens of roses of unutterable beauty that meet the no-maintenance requirements of the 21st century. Abby Jane Brody

Balcastle in Southampton Village was one of the highlights of the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures symposium and tour over the weekend. Jennifer Landes

The Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures weekend will include tours of the houses and gardens of Steven Gambrel, left, in Sag Harbor, and Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper in East Hampton. Gambrel Photo by Eric Piasecki

Tomatoes tasty and fanciful are still weeks away from the table, but those eager to grow ones as good as those at the Great Tomato Taste-Off at Quail Hill Farm should consider chicken manure for their plantings now. Durell Godfrey Photos

Deer-resistant plants are the emphasis of the Garden Club of East Hampton’s sale, including Full Moon coreopsis, or tickseed, left, and Purple Haze agastache. The author’s own garden, top, has a variety of native plants. Abby Jane Brody Photos