Bridge Gardens is located at 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, NY. A unique public garden in the heart of Bridgehampton, NY, Bridge Gardens was donated to the Peconic Land Trust in the fall of 2008 by founders and horticulturalists Jim Kilpatric and Harry Neyens. Kilpatric and Neyens began designing and installing the gardens in 1988, and over the ensuing 20 years created a wonderful oasis that spans over five acres and includes many specimens of trees, shrubs, hedgerow, roses, perennials and herbs.
Thank you to Waldo Cabrera and the folks at Verizon's My Long Island TV for coming out to visit with Rick in May! Check out the tour and make plans to visit us soon!
2016 Corporate Sponsors and Partners of Bridge Gardens
RB Irrigation, Marders, Summerhill Landscaping, Mahoney Tree Farm, Goldman Sachs, Perfect Earth Project, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Peconic Estuary Program, Jackson Dodds & Company, and PSE&G.
Please consider joining us as a corporate sponsor or partner in 2016. For more information, contact Yvette DeBow-Salsedo at 631.283.3195 ext. 12.
About Bridge Gardens
Managed by Rick Bogusch, Bridge Gardens is a stewardship project of the Peconic Land Trust and serves as a multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary outdoor classroom, demonstration garden and community resource with a focus on sustainable lawn and gardening practices.
In addition to educational programs on horticulture, including vegetable gardening, Bridge Gardens hosts a variety of classes on the arts, conversations with local growers and gardening experts, music performances, children's programming and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics and enjoy the lush surroundings. Programs run from April through December.
For open days and times, click here.
FREE Lawn Care Advice
In 2014, Peconic Land Trust and the Perfect Earth Project and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County started a partnership with local lawn care and landscape expert Paul Wagner (Treewise, Soilfoodweb NY) to provide FREE advice and problem solving for lawn and landscape pests using a toxin-free approach at Bridge Gardens.
Paul continues his Advice at Bridge Gardens in 2016, every Wednesday from 2 - 5 pm through the end of October. Both homeowners and landscape professionals were encouraged to visit.
Plus, Paul can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014: A Full Season in Pictures
Photographer Jeff Heatley visited Bridge Gardens over the course of the season and posted his amazing photographs on his website: Art and Architecture Quarterly/East End. Below, links o the full season of photos, from April through November 2014.
- November 2014: Bridge Gardens November: Photo Essay
- October 2014: Bridge Gardens October: Photo Essay
- September 2014: Bridge Gardens September: Photo Essay
- August 2014: Bridge Gardens August: Photo Essay
- July 2014: Bridge Gardens July: Photo Essay
- June 2014: Bridge Gardens June: Photo Essay
- May 2014: Bridge Gardens May: Photo Essay
- April 2014: Bridge Gardens April: Photo Essay
Learn more about becoming a member today. Annual membership rates for individuals and families are $50/individual or $75/family (up to four individuals). We also offer enhanced and corporate memberships. Call 631.283.3195.
Touring Bridge Gardens
Bridge Gardens consists of two distinct garden districts: The Inner Garden and the Outer Garden.
The Inner Garden
Developed first, the Inner Garden features a large, meticulously-trimmed Spanish-styled knot garden surrounded by beds of culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile and dyeing herbs. Overlooking these plantings is the Garden House, which is the Gardener's Residence and Educational Center.
Other features of the Inner Garden are:
- A productive Vegetable Garden
- Shade and Part Sun Demonstration Lawn Beds
- Double Hedgerows with View Ports
- A miniature Japanese Maple
- Perennial Borders
- Hardy Oranges and Topiary Hollies around Water Garden with Black Carp
- A Hosta and Fern Room
- An Ivy Maze and Ivy Walk
- Golden Grimes Espaliers
- A bed of 30-plus Chili Varieties
The Outer Garden
Beyond a hedge of European Beech is a favorite attraction of the Gardens, and the major attraction of the Outer Garden, a collection of antique and modern roses. These include a rose rondel of hybrid teas, grandifloras, and floribundas, as well as a rose walk through beds of species, antique and climbing roses.
Other features of the Outer Garden are:
- Community Gardens
- Full Sun Demonstration Lawn Beds
- A field of wheat
- A Thyme Bed of 22 Varieties
Please check our Connections calendar for upcoming programs at Bridge Gardens and other sites on the East End and join our mailing list to receive updates on Bridge Gardens as well as other Peconic Land Trust events and activities. An archive of the Bridge Gardens eNewsletter is also available.
Special Tour Booking:
Special tours may be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Please call 631.537.7440 or email BridgeGardens@peconiclandtrust.org to make a request.
While visiting, other notable public gardens in our area include:
- LongHouse Reserve at 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. For more information, visit them online at www.longhouse.org or call 631.329.3568
- Madoo Conservancy at 618 Sagg Main in Sagaponack. For more information, visit them online at www.madoo.org or call 631.587.8200.
Read the press release about the donation of Bridge Gardens to the Trust to learn more.