Celebrating Public Gardens With Free Tours

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Gardens are a labor of love and a nod of appreciation for the outdoors. These unique retreats will get their moment of recognition with National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 8. In honor of the occasion, Bridge Gardens, LongHouse Reserve and the Madoo Conservancy have, for the first time this year, partnered to present a day of free, one-hour guided tours.

They will commence at LongHouse in East Hampton, with a 10:15 a.m. arrival for the 10:30 start. LongHouse horticulturist Alex Feleppa will lead the tour, walking a full loop of the 16-acre property if time permits. There will be thousands of spring bulbs and sweeps of daffodils to meander through, not to mention weeping cherries and the Red, Grey and Purple gardens.

Visitors can grab lunch on their own before heading to Madoo in Sagaponack by 1 p.m., when director Alejandro Saralegui will show a wide array of springtime ephemerals in the woodlands as well as magnolias. The tour finishes at the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 3 p.m., with garden manager Rick Bogusch showing off a new community garden, a knot garden with more than 100 varieties of herbs, and rose roundel showcases.

According to the National Public Gardens Day website, “National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.”

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, contact the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195 or Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.

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