Spring – ‘Tis the Season! (Yes – even for holly – but please, plant the whole bush!)
Even if you live in the city, you are dreaming of getting dirt under your fingertips – time to spiff up your house plants, sprout Morning Glory seeds to plant on your fire escape . . . Maybe you are lucky enough to have a small city balcony or backyard – maybe it has a sunny corner just begging for a flowering bush or tree!
And even if you live in the suburbs or the country, with local Garden Centers abounding, there is something very special about the gardens of the East End.
For inspiration, check out some of East Hampton’s gardens, both formal and wild (and vegetable)!
- The Good Garden (2015): A Formal, Wild Garden
- Traditional Home (2011): English-Style Garden in the Hamptons
- The New York Times (2017): How Does the Hamptons Garden Grow? With a Lot of Paid Help
- Hamptons Gardens by Jack deLashmet (2011)
- Cottages & Gardens (2012): Gardens For A Beautiful America
- Acanthus Press: Excerpts from the book: Gardens For A Beautiful America 1895-1935
- The Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack
- Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton
And then check out some of our local Nurseries & Garden Centers. Maybe you want to take home some Montauk Daisies or Beach Roses to plant in your garden and think about your time on the East End whenever you look at them – for years to come!
Wittendale’s Florist & Greenhouses
89 Newtown Ln, East Hampton 631-324-7160
- Since 1983, Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouses has continued in the tradition of Vetault Flowers, working out of the same location in East Hampton Village since 1921. As a full-service (and the Mill House Inn’s go-to) florist, they create floral arrangements for all occasions from their extensive selection of fresh flowers. In their vintage 1920’s glass greenhouse and large, inviting, outdoor area, they stock and maintain the highest quality of foliage plants for the home and office, as well as a large variety of blooming plants for indoors and in your garden. They also carry beautiful ornamental pots and planters in all sizes, shapes, and colors.
- East Hampton Star (2018): Stinky Flower’s Rare Bloom on Display in East Hampton
- Patch East Hampton (2012): Readers’ Choice: Wittendale’s Gets the Bouquet
East Hampton Gardens
16 Gingerbread Ln, East Hampton 631-324-1133
- East Hampton Gardens (EHG) is a fresh take on elegant garden design and home decor. Selections at this horticultural boutique include plants, lawn art, herbs and other gardening items, with some products for home spas including soaps, body washes and oils, and other merchandise designed to inspire relaxation and comfort. Plus, they’ve got a really cool dog!
- KDHamptons (2017): Check Out the Stunning New East Hampton Gardens Shop
Groundworks at Hren’s
530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton 631-324-7373
- Formerly a Garden Center, Joseph A. Hren’s, this remarkable property was taken over by daughter Kimberly (and partners) after her father’s death.
- Although now operated as a Landscaping Company, the current owners invite you to ‘walk through our gardens and take your time looking at the landscaped outdoor rooms in our new Design Showroom . . . or just stop in and get lost in the beautiful ideas on display.’
Bayberry House and Garden Center
50 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett 631-267-3000
- David Seeler bought The Bayberry in 1970 with 10 years of field experience and a degree in Landscape Architecture. Over the last 40 years, The Bayberry has built a reputation for premier landscape design and style on the East End.
- From Facebook: ‘Amazingly creative and lush grounds with unusual plants, trees, and bushes. The French glass house is an exquisite architectural feature which you will enjoy photographing. Have met the owner a few times and thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. We visit every summer when we are visiting from Virginia!’ Deborah Snowhite Kutner
- Garden Collage Magazine (2016): Bayberry Nursery & The Mindful Approach to Garden Design
- 27East (2013): Guild Hall’s ‘Garden As Art’ Is This Saturday (An Interview with David Seeler)
- The New York Times (2000): HUMAN NATURE; A Garden Guru Who Knows When to Stop
Charlie and Sons Garden Center
26 Montauk Highway, Amagansett 631-267-3182
- Formerly “Charlie Whitmore Gardens” and prior to that, “Whitmore and Worsley,” Charlie & Sons was founded in 1969 and is one of the handful of original Amagansett landscaping companies still going strong. Before inheriting the business from their father Charlie, who inherited it from his father – the legendary Doc Whitmore – Matias and Chico grew up hiking local forests and appreciating plants and wildlife as part of daily life. Along with the family business, Matias and Chico inherited their dad’s extensive knowledge of the local terrain, vegetation and microclimates; and have built a deep understanding of how plants perform in the highly varied natural conditions of the east end.
- The Sag Harbor Express (2016): Passing the Torch: Charlie Whitmore & Sons
- Patch East Hampton (2013): Celebrate 45 Years of Business This Friday
- East Hampton Star (2013): Dressed for the Season
Fort Pond Native Plants
2 South Embassy St, Montauk 631-668-6452
- A family owned and operated Garden Center specializing in Native Plants and non-invasive landscaping. Helping keep Montauk beautiful for over 20 years!
- Before we bought the Mill House Inn in 1999, Gary & I had a weekend home in Montauk – Jimmy Grimes took good care of us and our garden. He provided a remarkable place where we could find native and less common quality plants, and learn about unique and organic approaches to gardening.
- From their Facebook Page: ‘Did you know that pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats provide 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat? Say thanks by planting native plants, supporting local farmers, and educating others about the importance of pollinators!’ Find out more at www.pollinator.org !
- Monarch Butterfly Emerging from Chrysalis (Fort Pond Native Plants – Video)
- Edible East End (2017): Want to Save the Peconic Bay? Grow Native Plants