Peconic Land Trust Opens Bridgehampton Gardens

Posted on 26 April 2009

Though much of the grounds is still in shades of brown and gray, the promise is that Bridgehampton Gardens will soon be full of color. And for the first time this year, the property, which was developed over the last 20 years by Jim Kilpatric and Harry Neyens, will now be managed for the public by the Peconic Land Trust.

The five aces tucked on the southwest side of Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, a stone’s throw the from the railroad trestle over Butter Lane, are cultivated with several distinct gardens: knot gardens, lavender, and antique roses among them. There are topiaries, a bamboo room and even an holly maze. It’s a place the Land Trust hopes will become popular for local residents who want a quiet and beautiful place to spend some time.

“Bridge Gardens is truly a wonderful sanctuary here on the East End,” said John v.H. Halsey, president of the Peconic Land Trust. “We look forward to welcoming visitors here throughout the summer and into the early fall.”


Neyens and Kilpatric, who had owned a home in Bridgehampton since the 1970s, and found themselves experimenting with various plantings, wanted to expand their interest, and looked for a larger piece of property. They purchased the property on Mitchell Lane, which included an old potato barn which has since been converted into a home, in 1987.

Over the next ten years they planned and developed two separate spaces, the Inner Garden, which features a knot garden surrounded by beds of 180 different culinary, medicinal, ornamental and dyeing herbs, and the Outer Garden, which is highlighted by a collection of 800 antique and modern roses. The gardens are separated by privet, which creates a long alee through which visitors can stroll.

The gardens will officially be open to the public beginning this Saturday, May 2. The gardens will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Beginning May 27, they will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays  from noon to 5 p.m. and beginning May 29, Bridgehampton Gardens will be open on Fridays from noon to dusk.

Admission if $10 for adults and $20 for a family of four.

For information call the Trust at 283-3195.


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One Response to “Peconic Land Trust Opens Bridgehampton Gardens”

  1. david schiavoni says:

    this property is next to train tracks and 150 business within 1/2 mile that these owners got for pennies on the dollar. then they start a business ‘garden tour” in a residential zone ( not permited )and they get a 2,000,000 tax credit —$2 credit for every one donated on a inflated land price. Then they right off all 50 hours of work and noise they make maintaning the property, what a tax deal that is. while next door in a permited zone a local business man tries to reinvite himself to go green,gunite- from fertilzer that was there since 1939, now since all farm fields have taxable gunite pools on them built by local taxpayers we get get sued by them. These owners are out of town tax credit experts while we locals hire build and service all these items the rich have to have. Ill show you my books if bridgehampton gardens shows theres, I paid a million all year in taxes and hire 20 people what did they do but sue me. Ps i never see anyone visiting garden but it doesnt matter to them they keep getting those credits because they found a tax loup whole. That should be the story not me trying to make a living in a permited zone.

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