ARF Garden Tour Is June 21 in East Hampton

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The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will hold its 28th annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 21, in the hamlet of Springs in East Hampton.

“Celebrating the Summer Solstice in the Springs” will feature six gardens, including those of Pamela Bicket and Zachary Cohen, Peter Bickford and Greg McCarthey, Annachiara Danieli, Deborah Nevins, Suky and Michael Novogratz, and Edwina von Gal.

The gardens selected for this year’s tour feature native plants and environmentally conscious elements. In particular, the landscape of von Gal’s property mirrors her emphasis on low-maintenance and toxin free gardening.

The garden of Bickford and McCarthy offers a more traditional and historical option, featuring the property’s original farmhouse and plants brought to North America by the first colonists of the area. Similarly, the Novogartzes’ property is part of the original Devon Colony.

Tickets are $85 per guest for the self-guided tour. Attendees may choose the order of gardens they view. All proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, a no-kill shelter in Wainscott. In its 40 years, the ARF Adoption Center has helped more than 20,000 cats and dogs find homes.

For ARF’s 40th Anniversary, this year’s garden tour offers additional experiences for guests. For upper level tickets of $175 per guest, ticketholders are treated to a tour of the Judith and Gerson Leiber garden and museum and post-tour wine tasting.

The tour of the Judith Leiber’s garden gives guests an opportunity to view her famous collections of handbags and paintings. The following wine tasting includes wines from Joullian Vineyards, local cheeses and produce. Upper-level ticket holders will also tour the waterfront home and garden of interior designer Marshall Watson and Paul Sparks at the wine tasting.

Tickets for this annual fundraising event can be purchased online at or by calling 631-537-0400 ext. 219. Additionally, interested attendees can purchase tickets at the ARF Adoption Center, ARF Thrift Shop in Sagaponack, Lynch’s Garden Center and Mecox Gardens in Southampton and East Hampton, East Hampton Gardens, The Bayberry Amagansett, the Sag Harbor Florist or Marders in Bridgehampton.

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