The LongHouse Reserve held its seventh “ON+OFF the ground” exhibit
LongHouse Reserve’s Planters On+ Off the Ground competition and exhibit had many entrants, including, above, “Excavated” by Toni Ross and Tony Piazza, which won a first-place ribbon; “The Healing Chest”, below, by Summerhill Landscapes in Sag Harbor, which won the people’s choice award. Britta Lokting Photos
“Kenny Keyser” by Cottage Gardens Landscaping.
“Splattered” from Unlimited Earthcare by Frederico Azevedo.

The tour, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is designed to be easily traversed
Two garden gates on the ARF tour, the McDermott property on the left and the Sullivan property on the right, perfectly frame elements of their design. Durell Godfrey Photos
Margery Sullivan and her two dogs found a shady spot in her garden on a recent afternoon.
The Sullivan garden, which was completed in tandem with the Palladian-style house, echoes the Classical symmetry of the building.
The garden's formality is tempered with an relaxed attitude.
The property features expanses of lawn as well as several parterres.
The Georgian-style brick house on the McDermott property is unusual for the South Fork.
The old brick carries over throughout the property.
White peonies and water features are a recurrent motif.
A view from the terrace
Another gate leading to or from the McDermott garden

The annual garden sale and celebration, Much Ado About Madoo
Robert Dash’s untitled oil-and-gesso painting on lithograph from his “Sagg Main” series will be part of the Much Ado About Madoo live auction tomorrow night, carrying an estimate of $10,000. Gary Mamay

Last summer I was obsessing over the purple-leaved redbud Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy
Forest Pansy in mid-May Abby Jane Brody

At LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton
An untitled "planter" by Hope Sandrow from a previous event, offers a hint of how openly the concept can be interpreted. Durell Godfrey

Plants with flowers or foliage in orange have been coming to the fore for some time now
Orange is popping out all over in gardens this year. Some of the choices to try with this trend are, above, Crocosmia Distant Planet, below, marigolds, and Diascia. Abby Jane Brody Photos
A Tuscan-style villa on Flying Point Road has a back bay view and mature grounds. Durell Godfrey Photos
The 12-bedroom mansion on Cobb Road is set on six acres of bayfront property in Water Mill.
Artwork at the back of the Cobb Road house
A bathroom in the Tuscan-style villa on Flying Point Road
This 1920s village cottage was renovated by a local architectural firm, which added a pedimented front entry, overhanging eaves, and a monumental brick chimney to give it an imposing presence.
A swing on the property on Flying Point Road
A four-story windmill is set on the approach to the main building on Cobb Road in Water Mill.

The organizers have gathered yet another set of accomplished and fresh designers to take objects from the thrift shop’s inventory and transform them both for inspiration and purchase.
Tamara Magel discovered that finding things to work with at the Animal Rescue Fund Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack was much easier than she thought it would be. Durell Godfrey

A quirky house that’s here to stay
The large house, set on Lake Agawam, was in recent years known as Southampton Victorian by the Sea and used as an inn. The present owners preserved the numbers on the doors, although it is very much a single-family dwelling.
One of the more challenging aspects of the interior decoration was the curved front entry, above and below, whose asymmetry is not as evident from the outside. The Biddles added a table and some other furniture in the foyer to add balance.
The extra-large living room, above, has two seating areas and two fireplaces. The master bedroom, below, is not huge but is bright and airy and has both a lake and ocean view from its porch.
While the dock looks diminutive, the view from it is one of the best on Lake Agawam.
The powder room, on the first floor of the main house, is papered with antique maps of places that are meaningful to the family.
Natural wood planking on the semicircular ceiling in the master bathroom was white-washed and then wiped down for a warm-cool effect. The Moroccan tile on the floor brings a multicultural flair, and the bathtub has a water view.
Repurposed oars that comprise the balustrade of the pool house’s staircase add a nautical look.

It is possible, in undertaking a renovation of a house that dates to an earlier time, to respect its architecture and to also reflect the character of new owners.
Diane Mick-Feldman is seen (twice) in the dining room of the house, which was one of three in a row owned in the 1960s and ’70s by Charles Dear, an interior designer. She much prefers it to the smaller dining area of her New York City apartment.
Henry Feldman and Diane Mick-Feldman were delighted with the spiral iron staircase, which was there when they bought the house.
They put in a new kitchen, with farmhouse-style cabinets by East End Country Kitchens of Calverton, and a vaulted ceiling, which matches the original rooflines.
The dining room features a bold painting by Gustavo Novoa, which was among furnishings that came with the house, and Mr. Feldman’s piano can be glimpsed at left.
Ms. Mick-Feldman made sure the exterior retained its original look, as can be seen at this corner.
A master bathroom where the original kitchen once stood has sinks of an earlier period.
The distinctive fern-patterned wallpaper, seen in an upstairs bedroom, was carefully preserved using spare rolls discovered in the attic.