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 gardeners 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 covers five acres and includes many specimens of trees, hedgerow, flowers and herbs. Bridge Gardens is now a stewardship project of the Peconic Land Trust, managed by Rick Bogusch.
For open days and times, click here.
What's New: Bridge Gardens opened for the 2013 Season on April 1st!
In the Garden -- Spring and Summer Programs
Bridge Gardens Month by Month Talks/Walks/Workshops with Garden Manager Rick Bogusch
- May 11: Planting for a Summer Bounty/Vegetables
- June 8: Roses
- July 13: Successional Planting for Late Harvest
- August 10: Herbed Vinegars
- September 14: Making and Enjoying Pesto
- December 8: Creating an Evergreen Tablescape
Fridays at Six -- music in the gardens will begin on Friday, July 5 at 6:00 pm
Music nights are every other Friday
- July 5: Charles Certain & Friends
- July 19: Jim Turner
- August 2: Joe Hampton & Southold Slip with Matt Wellen
- August 16: Charles Certain & Friends
- August 30: Joe Hampton & the Kingpins
Bridge Gardens will be closed on Friday, July 12 for a private event
Educational and Family Programs this Spring/Summer/Fall
- May 11: Watercolor Workshop with Lois Bender: Greeting Cards for Mom
- June 15 & 29: Watercolor Workshops with Lois Bender: Painting the Blooms of June
- July 10, 17 & 24: Digital Photography for Teens & Tweens with Ellen Watson
- July 11: Garden to Table for Children with Melissa Goleski
- August 7: Cooking demonstration with Chef Peter Berley
- August 14: Fun with Natural Dyes for Kids with Rick and Jeff Negron
- October 26: Dried Grasses Swag Workshop with Diana Conklin
- December 8: Evergreen Tablescapes with Rick
Save the Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013: Brunch: A Culinary Stroll through Bridge Gardens to benefit the gardens programs. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
For details on our programs at Bridge Gardens, visit our online calendar.
Memberships to Bridge Gardens make a great gift!!!
Learn more about becoming a member today. Annual membership rates for individuals and families are $50/individual or $75 for a family (up to four individuals). We also offer enhanced and corporate memberships. Call 631.283.3195.
2012 Corporate Sponsors and Members of Bridge Gardens:
Marders, Heirloom Gardens, Mahoney Tree Farm, and Macy's. Please consider joining us as a corporate sponsor in 2012. For more information, contact Yvette DeBow-Salsedo at 631.283.3195 ext. 12.
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:
- 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
- A hidden Bamboo Room
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 800 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:
- A Walk of Conifers and Lilacs
- A collection of Topiary Yews
- 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.
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.
Sponsor and Benefactor membership are available for individuals and corporations. Please call for details: 631.283.3195.
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.
Special Events & Productions at Bridge Gardens
Read the press release about the donation of Bridge Gardens to the Trust to learn more.