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 ThursdaysÂ 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.