Open Days, Water feature, Garden sculpture, Rock garden
This is an informal but structured seven-acre, contoured landscape intended to combine intimate gardens, intriguing plants, tree and rock specimens, welcoming habitats, expansive views, and recreational spaces. Originally a flat potato field, it centers around two large naturalistic koi ponds nurtured by wetland filter systems. The ponds are surrounded by open lawn and arboretum areas, which in turn give way to border plantings of mature evergreen and deciduous trees, hidden paths, and shade gardens. Entering through the front gate, you are greeted by a colorful cottage garden partially shaded by a mature crabapple, a Japanese pagoda tree, and yellow deodar cedar. Continuing west under a weeping Atlas cedar archway, you pass a small Asian-style pond and garden on the left and, on the right, a kitchen, lily, and rose garden. A partially hidden path under a stand of cedars of Lebanon leads to a hidden koi pond overhung by Himalayan pines. Crossing north through the pond on stones set in the water, the path opens onto a lawn bordered on the left by Alaska cedars, Cryptomeria, Skyrocket® English oaks, sweetgums, Callery pears, and tulip trees.
Walking north underneath magnolias, corkscrew willows, silverbells, and snowbells, you see to the east an arboretum including triflorum and snakebark maples, tall and Chinese Stewartia, gingko, and other small trees. Continuing north, you enter a short path through a garden shaded by dawn redwoods. Emerging on the north from the path, look to see if one of the dove trees is sporting its “handkerchief” flowers—but beware of the tiger pine nearby, which can cause a rash if grasped. Continue north over the golf green and turn right to examine an unusual small-leaf black oak hybrid. Continuing east, you will enter a small grove of sweetgums (rotundiloba, moraine, and variegata) under-planted with wolf eyes dogwood and a columnar dove tree. You then have a choice of continuing along a narrow path heavily planted with shade bushes, perennials, and ground cover, or of entering a broader allée, which affords a view of the large koi ponds to your right. If you continue east, you will come to a grouping of cherry trees with an Euodia, purple Catalpa, Maackia amurensis, and another snakebark maple.
Farther east there is a gazebo encircled by red maples. You may want to sit in the gazebo and enjoy the southern view over a runoff stream bed planted with wildflowers and grasses, and bordered by unusual bald and pond cypresses, Eskimo sunset maples, seven son flowers, trees, and native bushes. A hill rises on the far side of the streambed and is crowned by Vanderwolf and eastern white pine. A zigzag rustic bridge takes you down the streambed through a native stand of black cherry and red cedar to the northeast entrance to the garden. Turning right at the gate and walking south on the gravel driveway, you will see a collection of Florida and Kousa, or Korean, dogwoods and a sculpture with a recognizable if somewhat unusually depicted theme before reaching a basketball court shaded by columnar tulip trees, variegated columnar sweetgums, sassafras, and variegated Zelkova.
As you turn around, you see additional dogwood varieties planted up the side of the hill topped with upward-arching Himalayan pines. Proceeding north along the foot of the hill, you may view native sourwood, witch hazel, and high- and low-bush blueberry and examine more closely the seven sons flower trees. Turning west and then south and ascending the hill afford you a dramatic view across the garden to the west. On the south side of the hill, you descend through a tiered rock garden planted with dwarf and miniature evergreens, gingkos, and Japanese maples before entering a fruit orchard. Turning right and proceeding west along the gravel driveway, you pass Swiss stone pine, trident and paperbark maple, Parrotia, lacebark pine, ‘Forest Pansy,’ and other flowering trees.
You finally arrive at the large koi ponds. Pause at your own risk, as their movements can be hypnotic. Look for the many fry (baby koi). You may be lucky and see a kingfisher or heron, though the fish line strung over the ponds is an effective shield. Be sure to also visit the upper pond, with its arching bridge, before continuing east on a hidden path that passes yellow full moon maples and the unusual Disanthus cercidifolius before bringing you to the pool garden and its colorful display of annuals and perennials. A short path south takes you past a hidden koi pond (where we quarantine new koi prior to release into the general population) and returns you to the front cottage garden.
Directions: Take Route 27 to Bridgehampton. Go north onto Sag Main Turnpike then take immediate left fork onto Lumber Lane. Go north 1 mile. Turn left onto Chase Court. Number 100 is last house on right.
If coming from Sag Harbor, go south onto Sag Main Turnpike. Turn right onto Scuttle Hole Road. Then turn left onto Lumber Lane. Take the first right onto Chase Court to #100 (last house on right). Please park on the street.
Open Days 2019: July 13
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.
Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.
- This garden allows photography
- This garden is handicap-accessible