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Fri, 04/29/2022 - 12:02

Editor's Picks: Mark your calendars for these special garden and home events


Sarah Alford

Perhaps making up for two years of lost time, the spring and summer of 2022 will be filled with marvelous workshops, lectures, and benefits here on the South Fork. Learn gardening techniques, sign up for art classes, browse through antiques and designer home accessories, tour public gardens, and support environmental programs — all ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and enhance your indoor spaces, too.


Raised Beds and Container Gardens Workshop

Saturday, April 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton

Admission: $5, free for Bridge Gardens members


Rick Bogusch, the garden director, will take participants through best practices in growing food in the smallest sunny areas and patio pots. Inclement weather cancels. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 631-283-3195, extension 122, or emailing [email protected].

Flowers: Dissection, Inquiry, and Art

Saturday, April 30, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Neighborhood House, 92 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton

Admission: $30


Through Project Most, a nonprofit organization that provides enriching opportunities for children, Quincy Egginton will lead a workshop that combines scientific exploration and art for kids ages 9 and up. Registration is limited to 10 students.


National Public Gardens Week

Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 15


Many institutions here will have events such as tours and lectures to encourage visits to and appreciation of public gardens. Among these opportunities, Bridge Gardens is offering guided tours for $10 (free for members) on May 13 from 2 to 3 p.m., and the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack and LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will have reopened two weeks prior, just in time for the celebration.


Mastering the Modern Topiary

May 13 and May 14, 9 a.m.

The Madoo Conservancy, 618 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack

Admission: $150


This hands-on workshop will be led by the British topiary artist Darren Lerigo, who will showcase the practical nature of topiary with a creative touch. Participants will enjoy breakfast as they practice new skills on tabletop shrubs, promising an entertaining morning of gardening bliss.


Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons Garden Fair Preview

Friday, May 13, 4 to 7 p.m.

Bridgehampton Community House, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton

Admission: $150 for two at 4 p.m.; $50 in advance or $60 at the door for admission at 5 p.m.


Ahead of the return of its annual Garden Fair, there will be early access to the Horticultural Alliance’s native plants, vegetables, rare perennials, shrubs, and annuals, and more — strictly for ticketholders only. A silent auction will feature containers created by some of the region’s top garden designers plus unique garden ornaments and services to bid on.


Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons Garden Fair

Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bridgehampton Community House, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton

Admission: Free


Open to all who have a green thumb, from beginners to experts, the Horticultural Alliance’s Garden Fair has a little something for everyone. Among the offerings are native plants, vegetables, hard-to-find perennials, shrubs, and annuals, and more. Proceeds support the organization’s year-round programs and scholarships plus the largest horticultural library on the East End.


Transplanting at the Farm

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Quail Hill Farm, Deep Lane, Amagansett

Admission: Free


It’s an annual tradition at Quail Hill Farm. Kids and grown-ups alike will get their hands dirty as they help Layton Guenther, the farm’s director, transplant seedlings from the greenhouse to the fertile fields. Parking is on Deep Lane, reached from Town Lane or Side Hill Road. Moderate to heavy rain will cancel. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 631-283-3195, extension 122, or emailing [email protected].


The Garden Club of East Hampton’s Garden Party and Plant Sale

Friday, May 27, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. to noon

Location to be announced

Admission: Tickets to Friday’s event start at $50; entry is free on Saturday


The Garden Club of East Hampton was founded in 1914 and became affiliated with the Garden Club of America the following year. Proceeds of its fund-raising events benefit the organization’s several public gardens and projects, as well as educational and environmental programs and high school scholarships.


Growing Dahlias

Saturday, June 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton

Admission: $10 ($5 for members)


Summerhill Landscapes will teach gardeners how to plant and care for dahlias as well as prepare them for winter bulb storage. Inclement weather cancels. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 631-283-3195, extension 122, or emailing [email protected].


Cultivating Place: How a Garden Culture of Care
Strengthens Places and Their People

Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.

Location to be announced

Admission: $10 (free for Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons members)


Jennifer Jewell’s gardening philosophy is that “gardens are more than collections of plants.” A writer and photographer who hosts a radio show and podcast, Ms. Jewell will explore interconnectedness in the ways we “cultivate, nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits.” The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is the host, and sign-up ahead of time is necessary by calling 631-537-2223.


Watercolors in the Garden

Mondays in June, July, and August, 3 to 5 p.m.

Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton

Admission: $350 for six-week series; $75 per individual class


Barbara Thomas will lead artists of all skill levels, ages 15 and up, in watercolor painting techniques to capture the abundant beauty of the garden. Participants can sign up for the six-week series or individual sessions. Materials are not provided; a supply list will be shared upon prepaid registration. Advance registration is required at 631-283-3195, extension 122, or by email to [email protected].


East Hampton Historical Society Antiques and Design Show

Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17 (time to be announced)

Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane, East Hampton Village


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mulford Farm, a colonial farmstead built in 1680, is a natural choice to host the East Hampton Historical Society’s annual antiques and design show. Proceeds benefit the historical society, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary later this year.


The Wizard of Oz: A Garden Club of America Flower Show

Thursday, July 21, 2 to 5 p.m., and Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton Village

Admission: Free


One of the Garden Club of America’s goals is to “set standards of artistic and horticultural excellence,” which it accomplishes at floral shows held throughout the nation. Open to the public with free admission. Expect this showcase, hosted by the Garden Club of East Hampton, to be lively and educational.


Through Farms and Fields: A Peconic Land Trust Gala Dinner

Sunday, Aug. 7, 4 to 8 p.m.

Whitecap Farm, Horsemill Lane, Water Mill

Admission: Ticket prices vary; sponsorship opportunities are available


If a farm-to-table dinner prepared by celebrated chefs using locally sourced ingredients is your idea of a good time, then a ticket to this Peconic Land Trust gala is a must-have. A cocktail hour and raffles of “special experiences” are also on the menu. Proceeds support Peconic Land Trust stewardship programs and its Farms for the Future Initiative.


East Hampton Historical Society Design Lecture Luncheon

Thursday, Aug. 11 (time to be announced)

Maidstone Club, 50 Old Beach Lane, East Hampton Village


Sponsored by the Wilmington Trust, this lunchtime lecture promises to be informative and inspiring.


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