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Marder’s Lecture Series

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Marders Garden Lecture series will continue on Sunday, June 1, with a discussion of what’s new for 2014.

Among the new arrivals this year are beesia and the digiplexis, a hybrid flower between an isoplexis and a digitalis that was the top flower at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England last year, according to Paige Patterson, who leads the series.

Next week, the series will return to a tried and true topic: hydrangeas, which, according to Ms. Patterson is the nursery’s most popular lecture.

The Sunday lectures start at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted, and last about an hour. They are free to the public.

“This is a great venue and we want to provide a way for people to ask a lot of questions and not be compelled to buy anything,” Ms. Patterson said. However, attendees are offered discounts for items related to the lecture’s topic.

For more information, visit Marders’ website, marders.com.

Dashiel Marder Remains Missing After Free Dive Off the Coast of Indonesia

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By Kathryn G. Menu

A search continues this week for an East Hampton man who failed to surface after a free dive off a remote island in Indonesia last week.

Dashiel Marder, 30, was reported missing last Wednesday, April 17, when he failed to resurface after a dive in a remote area of Nihuwatu in East Nusa Tenggara.

The family, which own Marders Garden Center and Nursery in Bridgehampton, said a search of land and sea is ongoing, with American, Australian and Indonesian authorities involved in the search for the Springs resident.

“On April 17th the Marder family received word that Dashiel Marder, who was spearfishing with a group in East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia, did not resurface after a free-dive,” said the family in a statement. “The family was told that Dashiel’s companions immediately searched the dive site and surrounding area, both free-diving and scuba-diving, relying on direct knowledge of the location’s tides, currents, and rock formations, as well as on Dash’s particular diving habits. These initial searches yielded no results.”

According to Silas, his brother, Dashiel Marder — an accomplished spear fisherman — was traveling with a group of people who, like him, are highly experienced in the sport. He had traveled to Indonesia as the final leg of a spearfishing trip that took him to Hawaii and French Polynesia.

“He was with high-level people that are into serious training and are at the top of the sport,” said Silas.

Free divers do not use scuba equipment, instead, they dive to depths of 100 to 130 feet on a single breath of air, remaining under water for one to three minutes per dive.

“Though Dashiel is an expert free-diver and had been diving the same area for three weeks prior to the event, free-divers can succumb to a condition known as Shallow Water Blackout,” said the Marder family in the statement. “This occurs when a diver experiences a loss of consciousness below the surface at the end of a dive. Due to the remoteness of the area and differences in language and time zones, the fact-gathering process is ongoing as of press time. It is expected to conclude later this week.”

And yet, the remoteness which has made the investigation into what happened to Dashiel so difficult was one of the things that he treasured in the sport, the family noted.

“The extraordinary seas of East Nusa Tenggara are inhabited by equally extraordinary fish,” said the family. “At the time of his disappearance, Dash and his friends were hunting dog-tooth tuna and other large pelagic species.”

Dashiel came to the sport of spearfishing already an avid outdoorsman, raised on hunting and fishing on the East End and excelling at both at an early age, remembered Silas.

“He and [their brother] Micah always had a sensitivity to that kind of thing,” he said. “He just loved it.”

Dashiel not only loved spearfishing, he has excelled at it, travelling the globe in search of pelagic fish. As of last summer, his personal record of a Pacific yellowfin was a 338-pounder he speared off the coast of Mexico — the second largest Pacific yellowfin ever speared.

“He had the mental control you need to know how the fish behave to find them, to get close enough to them,” said Silas. “It’s knowing the currents, knowing the water. It’s like a behavioral science.”

Physically, Dashiel also kept himself in top form to keep his body in the kind of shape to handle the stress free diving can put on the body.

“He was definitely a world class spear fisherman,” said Silas. “This was a serious passion that involved a training regimen that ensured he was always physically fit and mentally aware, but always connected to the water.”

“He was into the outdoors from a very, very young age, growing up our here,” added Silas. “He was on the water fishing, he was hunting and from a very young age he just mastered it.”

Dashiel was featured in a cover story about spearfishing off Montauk in 2012 summer edition of The Express’s XO magazine, an image captured by photographer Justin Burkle of Dashiel spearfishing gracing that cover.

“I’m in the water spearfishing almost every day,” said Dashiel in the article. “I spend most of my time around Montauk and places like The Race. The good thing about The Point is that there is so much current and so much fish that every day is different. One day and one tide will be all big fish, the next day and the next tide it’s small fish.”

“It’s what I live for,” he said.

Plants, Animals Signify The Winter that Wasn’t

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By Claire Walla


Is that? It can’t be… a purple crocus? In the middle of winter?!

Yes, it’s barely March, and June, it seems, is already bustin’ out all over.

According to Dee Yardley, Sag Harbor Village Superintendent of Public Works, the lack of snow and ice means the village is already shifting gears.

Rather than bringing out the snow plow, village crews are clipping branches and clearing leaves and debris from village roadways. And as far as he can tell, the weather still looks good at least through next week.

“We’re going to be ahead of schedule big time,” he noted.

The horticultural world is seeing a similar change of pace.

“I’ve been gardening all year long!” said Bridgehampton resident Paige Patterson, an avid gardener and garden consultant at Marder’s Nursery. “My garlic is up, so is my hellebore, and the daffodils are already six inches [tall],” she explained. Patterson went on to say she has two flowering trees in her yard, including a flowering Japanese apricot, which is already in bloom. “I have the most spectacular pink trees!”

Still, she added, “The most impressive thing is that my rose bush has new leaves on it… that’s crazy.”

She said rose bushes typically don’t sprout leaves until well into March, and hers had foliage in February.

According to Patterson, mild weather patterns will lead to a “gorgeous” spring — that is, if a cold snap doesn’t get in the way.

If a freak cold spell hits the East End while plants are starting to bud, Patterson said the blooms will get killed off. While most species of flower will regenerate and work toward re-blooming later in the season, she said the situation is not so sunny for hydrangeas.

The white, soft-serve-ice-cream-shaped Hydrangea Paniculata, will be able to weather the storm, but “Most hydrangeas only have one set of buds,” she explained, like the Nikko Blues that pepper the East End in the summer months.

“They set their flower buds in early August,” Patterson began. “The problem we first had was that [Tropical Storm Irene] defoliated everything. The salt air got on everything and all the leaves browned. So, most of the 2012 buds actually opened in 2011. The ones that didn’t are opening now.”

Because these flowers do not regenerate growth as readily as other flowers, Patterson said any freezing cold weather at this point could potentially kill-off the blue Nikko Hydrangeas for the season.

As for the climate we’ll be privy to in the spring, that much remains to be seen. What Patterson, and others, are already predicting with some degree of certainty, however, concerns another aspect of gardening: pests.

“I think we’re going to have a really bad bug year,” Patterson added. “I’m really stressed about that.”

According to Geoffrey Nimmer of East End Garden Design, the relatively warm weather combined with the lack of moisture we’ve experienced this year combine to create a recipe not only for more bugs, but for fungi.

“Fungi that lives in the ground and affects roses and some flowering trees are usually kept at least somewhat in check by a good hard freeze,” Nimmer wrote in an email. “I think it will be particularly hard on turf, both because of the fungus issue and because there will be more grubs closer to the roots of lawns earlier in the season.”

According to the circle of life, Nimmer continued, grubs mean moles and moles very often bring voles. And neither vermin happen to be good for vegetation.

And unfortunately, as many of us know, certain warm-weather pests are not restricted to the gardening arena.

Former East Hampton Town Natural Resources Director Larry Penny, who lives in Noyac, said this year’s weather conditions could have created a big year for everyone’s favorite summertime arachnid: the tick.

“Just last Wednesday I got an adult female deer tick on me,” Penny said. “That’s the earliest I’ve ever seen them in winter.”

In the vein of springtime annoyances, Sag Harbor resident Lester Ware said he’s already started taking allergy medicine, a spring-time routine he began this year mid-February.

“It’s as early as I’ve ever taken it,” he exclaimed, saying he usually begins taking meds late-March.

According to Dr. Richard Nass — an ear, nose and throat doctor with offices in Amagansett — these early sneezes may not have a direct correlation to pollen count, at least not yet. He said biometric pressure changes that occur when the seasons shift initially cause nose and throat membranes to get agitated.

However, he added, this may just be the beginnings of more successive sneezes.

“In the long term, it’s been a wet season, so the root systems of plants have done very well,” he continued. So, in that sense, “we would expect it to be a bad allergy season.”

For his part, Penny has seen a lot of seasons come and go, and this one, he noted, is very odd indeed.

“This is the most unusual winter I’ve experienced in 76 years,” said Penny, referencing influential paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson who coined a theory he referred to as “sweepstakes,” which deals with random moments in evolution.

As Penny explained it, “Things come and go according to the season, but there’s always the chance that something unusual will happen to change the whole direction of evolution and nature.”

This year, reproductive rates are already up, Penny added, and with such warm weather fostering many throughout the winter, he said many species might grow even more.

“One group that’s going to really go sky high is the turkeys, they’re all over the place.” Penny continued. “And because the numbers are so high to begin with, when they get a little extra food from [more] vegetation and insects they’ll go hog wild.”

He predicted that the East End could be in the midst of a so-called “sweepstakes.”

Although, he said, cold weather would throw a wrench in the spokes. And, you never know, it could very well snow in June.

Cinema on a Haystack: Outdoor Film Series With Landscaper’s Touch

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By Vee Benard

In the overwhelmingly commercial atmosphere we find as a result of living in the Hamptons summer community, it is often difficult to find an outlet for family enjoyment without significant financial investment. That is why Silas Marder’s weekly outdoor film screenings are so refreshing — conducted on the wide lawn outside the Silas Marder Gallery, the summer film series provides an atmosphere in which both adults and families can spend time together and appreciate the natural beauty of the Hamptons.

Free and open to the public, Marder’s Friday night “Films on the Haywall” series seeks to revive the idea of the old-time drive-in by screening classic films in an outdoor setting. In fact, Marder’s outdoor screening space sits very close to the site of the old drive-in movie theater which was torn down to make way for the Bridgehampton Commons shopping center. Citing cinema as a long-time passion, Marder explains that providing access to film classics has always been a priority, and the flexible, indoor-outdoor nature of his gallery has provided a perfect avenue for this “community service.”

“There is really an idea here to give something to the public that is out of the range of the ordinary, that gives something to the community, that furthers the idea that the arts are available to all,” says Marder who hopes the series will be just one in a spectrum of arts offerings out here, ranging from Guild Hall and Bay Street to music at the Old Whalers’ Church and local programming on WLIU.

The Films on the Haywall series, so named for the immense haywall that acts as a backdrop for Marder’s professional-sized movie screen, provides both locals and seasonal visitors with entertaining options that are appropriate for families. Currently in its third year, the series strives to offer films that aren’t shown on the big screen often enough and appeal to a wide range of movie goers.

Hilary Hamann, Marder’s collaborator for the series and partner in project development for the gallery, says the series is “a great thing to do with your family on a Friday night. You are not sitting in an air-conditioned box … you are watching cinema classics under the stars in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Marder’s Nursery. It is a natural extension of art, architecture, landscape, and outdoor space . ..it is a truly unique experience.”

The series has been a hit with many audience members, some of whom have told Marder they drive a great distance every weekend to attend the screenings.

“Depending on the nature of the film,” he says, ”we have parents bringing children. We see a lot of teens, a lot of seniors, and a lot of people just out for the weekend. Everyone is sitting together in beach chairs, often with food they picked up along the way.”

This summer’s film selection is what Marder describes as “a celebration of American and foreign classics.” Starting June 25 with Alan Pakula’s 1976 film “All the President’s Men,” the series will include Francois Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” Stephen Spielberg’s “Jaws,” George Roy Hill’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Richard Brooks’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blowup,” Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise’s “West Side Story,” Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” and John Badham’s “Saturday Night Fever.” Films are screened every Friday at 9 p.m. or at sunset — whichever comes first. Because there is no set standard for “child-appropriate content,” parents are urged to do some research before each week’s movie to make sure it is suitable for their family. 

Also this weekend, Silas Marder Gallery’s season-opening exhibition “Friend or Foe” begins with a reception on Saturday, June 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information on screenings or art openings contact the Silas Marder Gallery at 702-2306 or info@silasmarder.com, or visit www.silasmarder.com.