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Martha Stewart Presenting People’s Choice Award At LongHouse Reserve’s Planters: On + Off the Ground VIII

Nicolette Finder

Container design from 2015 Planters: On + Off the Ground competition. (Dawn Watson)

The LongHouse Reserve, a not-for-profit garden museum in East Hampton, will continue its 25th anniversary celebrations with the popular Planters: On + Off the Ground VIII garden container invitational. The unique garden competition that showcases the designs of artists and gardeners from the East End will be on display to be judged for prizes on Saturday, June 25th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A special ribbon presentation, hosted by Martha Stewart, will take place at 6 p.m.

This year, the contest calls for even more creativity. Competitors are encouraged to use silver in their designs - ranging from antiques to cutting-edge, modern pieces. Each entry will be evaluated by the guests in hopes of winning the People's Choice Award, which will be presented by Martha Stewart. The event will be hosted by LongHouse Reserve founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, and LongHouse's Garden Committee Chair, Elizabeth Lear. Lenor Larsen will also be signing copies of his new book, Learning from LongHouse.

This year's Planters: On + Off the Ground VIII participants include Harvey Bernstein/Bernstein Design Associates, Broadview Gardens, Broken Arrow Nursery, DeMauro+DeMauro Gardens, Gardeneering, Gardens by Romi, April Gonzales Garden Design, Hamptons Grass & Bamboo, Paula Hayes, Hedges & Gardens/The Irony Inc., Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Landcraft Environments, Landscape Details, Lapenna-Lee Gardens, Jessie LeBaron Gardens, Marders, Old Westbury Gardens, Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural with Tony Ingrao/Ingrao Inc., Soil, Inc.,Christina Stubelek Garden Design, Summerhill Landscapes Inc., Justin Terzi Design, 2100built, Unlimited Earth Care, Wild Orchid Gardens Inc., and Nico Yektai.

Alongside the competition, the LongHouse Reserve will host a plant and container auction beginning at 2 p.m., hosted by Alex Feleppa, Geoffrey Nimmer, Tony Piazza, and Dennis Schrader. Terra cotta vases by Seibert and Rice and Phillips Collection cocktail tables will be up for grabs.

Tickets to Planters: On + Off the Ground VIII are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members.

LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-329-3568 or visit www.longhouse.org.




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