Landscape Pleasures: Talks And Garden Tours In Southampton And Sagaponack


Talks on Saturday and tours on Sunday—two days of Landscape Pleasures—are in store June 7 and 8 when the Parrish Art Museum holds its annual horticultural event and fundraiser.

A symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7 will feature landscape architect Chip Callaway, architecture critic Martin Filler and British garden designer Arne Maynard. Tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 will take in four private gardens in Southampton Village. First, the speakers:

Mr. Callaway’s award-winning gardens have been featured in many magazines, Mr. Filler is the architecture critic for The New York Review of Books and Mr. Maynard is known for large country gardens inspired by everything from architecture and garden history to interior design and traditional crafts.

Next, the gardens:

Designer Tory Burch’s estate contains a “magnificent” 1929 red brick Georgian house and 10-acre garden into which yew, rhododendron and holly shrubs were recently incorporated; a boxwood-lined sunken formal garden is said to be the jewel of the property.

Joan and Bernard Carl’s 8-acre estate boasts “grand gardens in the Southampton tradition.” Several trees are hundreds of years old, and the gardens were built upon the designs of Innocenti and Webel.

The estate of Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg was parceled off, then recobbled together. The owners combined outbuildings and chose a pastoral design, resulting in what landscape architect Jack deLashmet calls “a more relaxed landscape garden, suited to the original.” Mr. deLashmet and head gardener Kim Lipkin will be on hand to discuss the property’s development, and viewing will end at 1 instead of 3 p.m.

Margaret and R. Peter Sullivan’s new Palladian villa features an American style garden designed by Lear + Mahoney Landscape Associates. An interior axial leads to a large stone terrace; a pool is surrounded by boxwood, and colorful perennial/annual parterres complement an herb garden. Other highlights include a water feature in an enclosed sitting garden; fruit trees alongside a vegetable garden; and a Belgian block labyrinth with a centerpiece, the “Bob Dash poetry vase.”

This year’s event is dedicated to the late Robert Dash, founder of the Madoo garden in Sagaponack. Those with event tickets—which cost $225, or $175 for Parrish members—can tour Madoo as well as the Southampton gardens on June 8. Those with “sponsor” tickets ($350 and above) may atten a cocktail reception on June 7 at the Moraine, the Water Mill garden home of Ala and Ralph Isham, which was designed by Mr. Dash. Tickets can be purchased at 283-2118 or

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