Planters filled with roses, succulents, thyme, and moss soaked up the steady drizzle on Saturday afternoon as attendees at the LongHouse Reserve assessed the creations while balancing umbrellas and ballots.
Margery Sullivan still mourns the original shingled house that stood on her Southampton Village property. But on Friday, as she sat on the patio of her Palladian-inspired villa across from her landscape architect and friend Elizabeth Lear, it was clear that she has also grown to love the formal beauty of her current space.
The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack will hold its annual garden sale and celebration, Much Ado About Madoo, this weekend. The festivities begin tomorrow with a benefit cocktail preview party from 6 to 8 p.m.
Last summer I was obsessing over the purple-leaved redbud Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy. It had been planted in the early 1990s behind a large oak, and only glimpses of the foliage could be seen from the lawn and the house. It was perfect and charming.
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will hold its seventh Planters: ON+OFF the Ground event on Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

“Orange is the new black” is the way one visitor described a dominant trend at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London two weeks ago. Chelsea is to the gardening world what Paris is to high fashion.
The Animal Rescue Fund Thrift and Treasure Shop will hold its annual Designer Showhouse and Sale, now an institution, this weekend, likely bringing relief to many who may have expected it to be held at what had been its traditional scheduling on Memorial Day weekend.
Down a long, narrow driveway running past the historic Thomas Halsey Homestead in Southampton, Leslie and George Biddle’s weekend and summer retreat is a rambling Victorian full of quirky and fanciful details in its many rooms, porches, and spaces.
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.