Here we go again. We’re into another exciting – and sometimes dizzying – summer house and garden benefit tour season. And while we applaud all the new kids on the block, it’s gratifying to see a fundraising event that has been going strong for a quarter of a century, a staple of the summer calendar. The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) will hold its 25th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. One of the longest-running garden tours on Long Island, the ARF Garden Tour will feature six majestic gardens in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichandler are the chairs of this year’s event.
The Silver Anniversary garden tour is dedicated to the late Howard Purcell, “a gentle genius when it came to gardens,” says ARF Executive Director Sara Davison. Purcell conceived of the ARF Garden Tour and worked for 25 years right up until his death to help make it a success. He “uncovered” some of the most magnificent gardens in the Hamptons (his own being one of them) and persuaded the proud owners to allow the ARF tour to feature them. Purcell served on the board of directors of ARF for more than a decade and the organization is proud to dedicate the 25th Anniversary of the tour to his memory.
Some highlights of the Silver Anniversary Tour include:
The Susan and Stan Reifer Garden. Inspired by Stan Reifer’s childhood love for Chinese art and design, the expansive gardens were designed by the renowned Chinese artist Jian Guo Xu. “Like a painting in three dimensions, they marry the traditions of Eastern and Western design,” say representatives from ARF.
The Karen and Herb Friedman Garden, designed by Jack deLashmet & Associates. The house looks out onto a natural park-like setting at the rear of the home. Native plantings, steep grade changes and retaining walls seem to expand the property beyond its actual dimensions.
The Cynthia and Edwin Hamowy Garden, designed by Oehme Van Sweden. The star of this show is the 20’ x 40’ lily pool – as big as most American swimming pools! The American ranch-style house features three wide steps that lead up to the front porch and the pool. The garden at the rear is divided into a series of garden rooms, complete with a carpet of brick and stone.
The 25th Annual ARF Garden Tour is a self-guided tour, and ticket holders can view the gardens in any order. A cocktail reception will follow at the East Hampton home of Joanne and Henry Breyer.
All proceeds from the tour benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF), the leading no-kill animal shelter on eastern Long Island. The ARF Adoption Center is located in Wainscott and open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since its founding in 1974, ARF has found loving homes for over 18,000 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.
Tickets for the ARF Garden Tour are $75 each and can be purchased by calling 631-537-0400, ext. 216, or at www.arfhamptons.org. Tickets are also available at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott, the ARF Thrift Shop in Sagaponack and the following garden centers: Lynch’s Garden Center and Mecox Gardens in Southampton, Marders in Bridgehampton, East Hampton Gardens, The Bayberry in Amagansett and the Sag Harbor Florist.
Tickets for the tour and the cocktail reception are $175 and must be purchased in advance by phone, online or at ARF. [/expand]