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Peconic Land Trust Announces Opening Of Bridge Gardens 2012 Season

Originally Posted: March 28, 2012

Bridge Gardens, a hidden gem in the hamlet of Bridgehampton, was donated to the Peconic Land Trust in 2008. (Courtesy Photo: PLT)

Bridgehampton - John v.H. Halsey, President of the Peconic Land Trust, and Rick Bogusch, Garden Manager, announced the opening of Bridge Gardens for the 2012 Season. Bridge Gardens, a hidden gem in the hamlet of Bridgehampton, was donated to the Peconic Land Trust in 2008 by Jim Kilpatric and Harry Neyens.

Bridge Gardens will offer free admission the weekend of May 11 through May 13 in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. (Please note that Friday, May 11 is a special open day in honor of National Public Gardens Day).

Garden Manager Rick Bogusch will host tours of the gardens the first Saturday of each month, beginning May 5 at 10 a.m. The guided walk will give visitors the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Gardens' evolution and future plans.

New In 2012: Plein Air Peconic In The Garden House

Beginning this spring, the artists of Plein Air Peconic will be exhibiting works in the Garden house. The exhibition will be open for viewing during the Gardens Lecture series, as well as on Saturdays throughout the upcoming season.

Fridays At Six Music In The Gardens

Beginning August 3, Friday night music evenings will kick off for a fourth season. This family friendly evening has grown in popularity, and features a wide array of local musical talent. Scheduled to perform this year are Charles Certain and Friends, Jim Turner, and Joe Hampton and the Kingpins. Also, a special concert with the Bridgehampton Marimba Band will take place in June.

Education In The Gardens

The Bridge Gardens Lecture series is currently underway. Speakers in the program for April and May are Scot Medbury from Brooklyn Botanic Garden (April 1), Christian Duvernois and Jacob Lange from CD Gardens (April 22), and a special roundtable on sustainable design with Ed Krug, Carolyn Tierney, Peter Sabbeth, and Kati Curtis (May 20).

In addition, education programs are planned for the late spring, summer and fall, including:

 • May 12: Vegetable Gardening 101 with Rick Bogusch and Jeff Negron
 • June 16: Small Space Gardening with Rick Bogusch
 • July 18: Garden to Table for Children with Ellen Greaves
 • July 21: Five Senses Garden Walk for Kids with Jeff Negron
 • August 17: Garden to Table Cooking with chef and cookbook author Silvia Lehrer
 • September 29: Implementing a Sustainable Turf Management Program with Dr. Tamson Yeh, Cornell Cooperative Extension
 • October 20: Planning Ahead: Fall Gardening Activities with Rick Bogusch and Jeff Negron
 • December 2: Holiday Wreath Workshop with Diana Conklin of Everlastings by Diana

Benefit: Save The Date

On September 15 the Trust will celebrate its fourth anniversary at Bridge Gardens with a benefit in the Garden. More details on the evening will be announced in May. Save the date for an extraordinary evening in the Gardens during their peak.

"We have a full programming schedule this year, and look forward to welcoming the community back this season, and to making some new friends along the way," said Trust President John v.H. Halsey.

Changes At The Gardens For 2012

Friends returning to the Gardens this season will see some changes - its evolution includes more demonstration areas in support of the Garden's mission to serve as a multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary outdoor classroom, demonstration garden, and community resource. With this in mind, the Garden's vegetable bed, planted in 2010, has doubled in size this Spring and there are two large cover crop demonstration beds in the rose garden focused on demonstrating techniques for improving soil fertility - in both an attractive and beneficial way.

"Many of the new plantings as well as the evolution of the existing plants, shrubs and trees, will serve as demonstration areas for our programs throughout the year focused on small-space gardening and sustainable gardening methods. Our aim is to grow the best varieties, in the best possible way, for the best possible quality and yield," explains Garden Manager Rick Bogusch.

The Gardens will open on weekends from March 31t through the end of October. Beginning Memorial Day, through Labor Day, the Gardens will expand its open days to include Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hours of Operations: Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays: 12 noon to 4 p.m. Fridays (beginning May 25): 12 noon to dusk. Wednesdays and Thursdays (beginning May 30): 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Admission: $10/adults; $20/family. Seasonal memberships: $50/individuals; $75/family. (Family admission/membership covers four individuals). Corporate memberships are also available. The Gardens are also available for group tours as well as for private events and commercial photo shoots.

For more information, contact Rick Bogusch at 631.537.7440 or Justina Fargiano at the Trust's office at 631.283.3195 or email BridgeGardens@PeconicLandTrust.org. Go to the website for more information on Connections programs and the Friday music series.

About Bridge Gardens
Bridge Gardens was established in 1988 by Harry Neyens and Jim Kilpatric, who designed and installed the gardens over the ensuing 10 years. In 1997, Bridge Gardens Trust was created as a charitable corporation to maintain and preserve the gardens. In 2008, Neyens and Kilpatric donated Bridge Gardens to the Peconic Land Trust. Rick Bogusch is the Garden Manager.

Bridge Gardens covers five acres and consists of an Inner Garden and an Outer Garden. Developed first, the Inner Garden features a large, meticulously-trimmed knot garden surrounded by beds of 180 different culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile and dyeing herbs. Overlooking these plantings, the garden house is the manager's residence/education center. In the Outer Garden, the favorite attraction is a collection of antique and modern roses. Bridge Gardens also contains animal topiaries, a lavender parterre, perennial beds and borders, a water garden, woodland paths, a hidden bamboo room, double hedgerows of privet with viewing ports, and specimen shrubs and trees.

About The Peconic Land Trust
The Peconic Land Trust was established in 1983 to conserve Long Island's working farms and natural lands. With the help of many, the nonprofit Trust has worked in partnership with landowners, local government, organizations, and communities to conserve over 10,000 acres of land on Long Island. The Trust's professional staff carries out the necessary research and planning to identify and implement alternatives to outright development. While working to conserve the productive farms, watersheds, woodlands, and beachfront of Long Island, the Trust is also protecting the unique rural heritage and natural resources of the region. The Trust has Stewardship Centers in Cutchogue, Bridgehampton and Amagansett and its Main Office is in Southampton. A common misperception, however, is that the Peconic Land Trust is the recipient of the monies raised through the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund (also referred to as the 2% land transfer tax or the Peconic Land Tax). This is not the case. The CPF tax is collected by Suffolk County and then redistributed to the five East End towns, the distribution of which is based on the location of the property from which the tax is acquired. For more information about the Peconic Land Trust call 631-283-3195 or go to the website.

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