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House/ home By April Gonzales

Susan Galardi

Earthly Delights

Now that spring has finally arrived, local public gardens are opening up. They are all worth the trip to investigate their grounds for new ideas, plant knowledge, the need for a break or even a picnic with the kids. Bridge Trust Gardens is now open to the public, making a transition from private owner ship to becoming part of the Peconic Land Trust – the new stewards of this imaginative and lovingly tended garden on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton. Rick Bogusch has been chosen to take over as head gardener from former owners Harry Nyams and Jim Kirkpatrick, the designers and creators of the wonderful spaces within

A New Garden for the Public

the boundaries of the former potato barn and depot right next to the railroad tracks. Bogusch is well aware of the history of the property and of both Nyams and Kirkpatrick’s intentions in designing and planting their gardens. Upon entering, a woodland garden gives way to a perennial bed that’s being revamped. The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons has donated digging time in exchange for material to sell at their upcoming plant sale. The urge to run through the magnificent Alice in Wonderland like beech hedge and arched tunnel may keep you from heading right for the main entrance where you pass by black and white beds of yucca mulched with coal. The lure of the lavender parterres spread out like a carpet out in the lawn may take the eye and feet in another direction that leads one to the rose bed below. Or the eye might go to the groupings of topiary animals to the north. In terms of gardening chops, most impressive is the knot garden below the old potato barn that the two creators converted into a living space and greenhouse/workroom years ago. The chain link boxwood hedge requires a good eye and a steady, experienced hand – this is where Bogusch’s mettle as a seasoned

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