Perennial Best In Show: The ARF Garden Tour

Can't wait to sip post-tour wine at the extraordinary estate of Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks. Photo courtesy Marshall Watson.

I can’t wait to sip some post-tour wine at the extraordinary estate of Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks.                                Photo courtesy Marshall Watson.


After all the mishaps and hullabaloo this past weekend (power outages, internet craziness, slight sports injury, bad timing and missed opportunities, and a sunburn–granted, all small things in the grand scheme of things), I’m definitely ready for a garden tour. Fortunately for me, and for you fellow landscape lovers, the 28th annual Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons “Celebrating the Summer Solstice in Springs” tour is coming up this next weekend.

Always a favorite, this long-running self-guided tour will  be held this year on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature six magnificent gardens in the Springs. Private gardens on view will include: the garden of Pamela Bicket and Zachary Cohen, the garden of Peter Bickford and Greg McCarthy, the garden of Annachiara Danieli, the garden of Deborah Nevins, the garden of Suky and Michael Novogratz, and the garden of Edwina von Gal. The after-tour wine party will be hosted this year by Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks, whose Springs home is SPECTACULAR. I can’t wait! Additionally, Judith and Gerson (Gus) Leiber will open up the Leiber Museum and garden, which showcases Judith’s iconic handbags and Gus’s powerful artwork. Always a treat, this year’s event, chaired by Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichandler, promises to be one for the record books.

Tickets for the tour are $85 each. Tickets for the tour, wine tasting and museum visit are $175. 537-0400 ext. 219 |


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