July 10, 2010, 10th Annual Garden Tour
The Patchogue Garden Club 10th Annual Garden Tour
Featuring Art in the Garden
“Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts. ” – Mac Griswold
1. THE PATCHOGUE GARDEN CLUB GARDEN “Come Grow With Us”
The Patchogue Garden Club was founded in November of 1996 by a group of enthusiastic Patchogue gardeners who wished to use their love of gardening in the service of their community. As part of our community beautification effort the club created and maintains the garden at the intersection of South Ocean Ave. and Terry St. This once unsightly, rubble-strewn lot, generously given by the Village of Patchogue and augmented in 2005 with a generous addition, has metamorphosed into a series of lovely gardens with walkways, benches, a gazebo, a flagpole and period lighting.
Enter the park through any of the arbors. Depending on which one you choose, a different vista will open. Perhaps the first tree you’ll see will be a very large spruce tree and a large rectangular formal garden surrounded by Moonbeam coreopsis, Rose Glow barberry and boxwood. As you continue to walk on the brick path, you will enter the gazebo. As you look out from it, you will see flowering trees, several small garden areas, birdhouses and benches. An American oak surrounded by seasonal plantings is dedicated to the memory of those lost in the September 11th tragedy.
Climbing roses Polka and Colette work their way up the arbors as you enter the park-like area of the garden. The large urn provides a focal point with two triangular beds bordered by 175 Wintergreen boxwoods and filled with Lady Elsie May landscape roses. At the point of each bed are Graham Blandy boxwood, and fronting the parking area is a hedge of 20 Rose Glow barberry. Visitors can rest on benches at the intersection of the brick pathways.
From the club’s inception a two-fold mission was established: community education and beautification. In pursuit of the former we have regularly scheduled presentations by experts in their fields.
We also organize trips to various public and private and sponsor a scholarship for a local high school senior. Other activities include an annual “Think Spring” luncheon in March, a Plant and Yard Sale in May, this tour in July and our Christmas House tour in December. We hope this summer’s garden tour will encourage many people to enjoy and learn from the gardens and gardeners of Patchogue.
Artists Exhibited in Community Garden:
Krystle L. DiNicola Hello@KDiNicola.com www.kdinicola.com
Riva Rosenfield 631-569-2133
Donna Rae Brands 631-472-9286 email@example.com www.imagesbydonnarae.com
Burk Carey 631-475-4278 BurkesJourney@verizon.net
Alma Pancir firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Bartley email@example.com
Marion C. Roddin firstname.lastname@example.org 631-744-8973 Cell: 631-972-6116
Vivian Gattuso email@example.com 631-981-7071 Cell: 516-658-8921
Barbara Stewart 631-286-2161
Dana Flaherty 631-655-1919 Dwasteland29@aol.com
Catherine DiPaola 631-928-2887
Lottie Giordano 631-337-1676
Joan Senator 631-654-1426
Anne Baum 631-475-5543
Marsha Huckeba 631-804-5339 firstname.lastname@example.org www.AuroraDigitalPhotos.com
Mary Samuels SamuelsMary@aol.com
Sue Gottfried email@example.com
2. The Kelly Garden 12 Dock Street – All my life I have had a great love of nature and the sea. I love the native plants and flowers of the seashore and being fortunate enough to live on the bay, I can re-create memories of favorite beaches into my own gardens.
My home was a summer beach cottage built in 1923. Over the past 25 plus years my husband and I have renovated and added onto the entire house making it a comfortable year round beach house. It has been a labor of love and we have worked hard to renovate it mostly ourselves. It is informal and eclectic and it reminds me of places in Montauk and New England.
I have tried to recreate memories into my garden by planting the Rugosa roses which I remembered as a child at Davis Park. My well established Dusty Miller comes from clippings from out east from many years ago. I love hydrangeas for their old fashioned appeal and their sea-worthiness. I have many lavender bushes and also catmint which blooms almost all summer. I love to place seashells that I collect in my gardens as that is one of my favorite pastimes. I have juniper, cedar and black pine which are have stood the test of time and with-stood many storms. I have these plants and evergreens intermixed with other types of plantings for an informal carefree atmosphere. I also have beach plum bushes which produce massive amounts of berries. I like to plant flowers that encourage butterflies and hummingbirds.
My daughters have helped by planting herbs and flowers. The natural informal setting makes even the Great Blue Heron that watches for fish off the docks feel comfortable. All in all I love my seaside gardens and I hope you will too.
Jessica Esposito McAvoy, Painting http://www.jessicamcavoy.com Through rhythmic movements of line and form as well as contrasts I am seeking to create ocular vibrations that form a sense of tension resolving itself into visual harmony.
Through my 2 dimensional works I am searching to communicate my emotions and memories. My thoughts are in a constant battle between the conceptual and reality. Nature and the memory thereof, particularly the atmosphere and space, and the sensibility of the way light moves through it greatly inspire me.
I find the properties of oil paint and the reflective glow of ultra smooth surfaces begin to satisfy my vision. My most recent paintings are of a very intimate scale. This lends itself well to my desire to connect the viewer’s own emotions about the work. Each piece strives to represent a beautiful luminosity and a subtle sensibility of light and space.
Laurence Lee, Sculpture Laurence Lee has been painting and sculpturing for the last 20 years. There has never been a time when he didn’t draw, paint, or construct sculpture. He has been praised for his versatility and his improvisations in sculpture that range from wood to bronze to fabricated metal.
Aside from his high ascetic work in art, he also incorporates sculpture in functional design ranging for example, from chandeliers, to wine cups, bookcases, and vases.
The philosophical discipline from which his work emerges is Eastern Mysticism. He also uses music and causes latent tendencies of the unconscious to arise as a vehicle of spontaneity. He has studied with many master sculptors and developed his skills by research and independent study at a leading university on Long Island.
His achievements thus far have been: Honorable Mention ribbon in Sculpture by the Town of Islip, First Place ribbon for Sculpture; Honorable Mention for Sculpture at the Long Island Art Show at A&S Store; and Best in Show Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council. His work has been shown at such places as the Great Neck Annual Art Show; Heckscher Museum; and Town of Islip Museum. In addition his work has been exhibited and featured at galleries in SoHo, New York; Bellport, New York; and Southampton, New York.
3. The Marino and Wisniewski Garden – 14 Dock Street – Our home, built as a vacation beach house in 1926, was winterized by former owners John and Dory Swezey who also had it raised above flood levels of the last 100 years. We purchased the home eight years ago and were thrilled to be one of the few homes located on the Great South Bay with waters protected enough to have boat dockage. While we love the activity of living on a marina, we were confronted with many gardening challenges that accompany living in such a location.
All of our plantings have to be salt water and wind tolerant. This has resulted in continual trial and error plantings with varying results. A row of rosa rigosa along a deck on the cove has failed to thrive as expected despite our continuing efforts. Conversely, various types of hydrangeas have flourished throughout shady paths on the property.
Another challenge has been the need to maximize space in a narrow and irregularly shaped yard. Please note the winding path on the side of the property and the shape of decks that capitalize on limited space by creating enticing nooks and crannies. Use of
pebbles for drive and walk ways has maintained the pervious requirements for drainage in water front property.
We have given much attention to creating privacy from the marina parking lot. Tall hedges, trumpet vines, and a two-tiered berm along the western border have afforded us complete privacy.
Betty and Michael
Lori Gebhardt Devlin, Photography http://www.eclipticphoto.smugmug.com I have loved creating visual imagery for as long as I can remember. Photography allows me to capture a moment in time and express it in the two-dimensional plane. I am fascinated by light and form and try to convey that fascination in my work. I find many of my subjects close to home; whether an autumn leaf on the sidewalk or a pear bathed in the morning’s first light, I delight in the process of that transformation from object to image. I often shoot outdoors with many of my favorite subjects located within a short distance of my home in Patchogue. The act of discovering and creating imagery through the lens is a challenging process that informs my mind with an enhanced and ever-evolving awareness.
Lori Gebhardt Devlin graduated in 1978 from NYIT with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Currently serving as a Trustee in the Village of Patchogue where she has lived for 25 years, she is also employed by Winebow Inc., a wholesale distributor of fine wines. Her photography can be viewed online at www.eclipticphoto.smugmug.com.
Jody Banaszak, Painting firstname.lastname@example.org Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, I spent many weekends and vacations on Fire Island. Early every weekend, we would take our boat across the bay and drift along the shore of Davis Park in search of crabs. The bay was so clean I could see crabs, horseshoe crabs, eels, and flounder hiding in the eel grass. When we had several bushels of crabs, we would head over to the sand spits of Davis Park, swim in the channel, and later on cook and eat the crabs. During this time and then in later years, I encountered many horseshoe crabs. They are unique creatures, walking along the bay floor, searching for food with eyes that don’t move. Photographing on Fire Island for future reference, I spotted this horseshoe crab on the flats of Davis Park, surrounded by bubbles. It inspired this painting. Fire Island provides many references for my paintings. “Sand Chair” was one of them. I could sit here all day and soak up the sun and sights!
4. The Gorgeio Garden – 3 Hulse Court – My husband and I bought our home in 2003, and moved in on our fifth wedding anniversary. We had absolutely no experience in landscaping or knowledge of gardening whatsoever… but we would soon learn! The yard at that time was a “clean slate”. There were no plantings, no landscaping, no fence, no patio, and in some places there was not even any grass! Because of its unique location, between two dead end streets, and because of its unattended appearance, the yard was used as a shortcut and a littering ground by many. So our first order of business was to fence in the yard.
After that, we began creating berms for planting and privacy. We also cleared a small part of the wooded area of the property to erect our deck and pool. We then had a brick patio, driveway and brick walls, columns, and retaining walls installed. We also created a driveway in the front of the house and fenced the front in white picket.
With the framework for our yard in place, we then set to work creating areas for plants, shrubs and trees. Throughout the yard there are garden beds that showcase plants that we chose for their unique qualities. I particularly love evergreens for the way their beauty is unchanged by the seasons, so you will find Japanese Hinoki, Holly, Cedar, Arborvite, Boxwood, Wintergreen, and ivy throughout the yard. Some of my favorite plants are the rose bush that was planted by the original owner’s grandmother almost 100 years ago, my crepe myrtle, my dwarf Japanese maple and my hosta. We also have several memorial gardens in remembrance of family and beloved pets that have passed on.
I like to think of our yard as an expression of our family. Since it was designed by us and created by us, I feel that is reflects us as a family. With three children, our yard is very play-friendly, it has plenty of open space to run and play. There are no blind spots, so that I can always look out in the yard and see what my kids are up to.
Through trial and error, lots of digging, planting and reading, we have learned a great deal about nature and this beautiful earth that was created for us.
More recently, since all the major work has been done, I have been able to focus on providing my family with fresh homegrown food from our garden. In our yard, we do not use any chemicals of any kind or store bought fertilizers. Our gardens are all natural and organic; we have a unique method of composting and keeping our weeds down that you can learn more about when you visit our yard.
Also, don’t forget to check out our display of some of the history of our home that was originally built in 1890.
We look forward to your visit!
Chip Hunter, Colored Cement email@example.com These colorful cement floor elements were created for Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The art department of Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Chip Hunter and Charlie Baker of C2 Resource Studio in order to create these oversized puzzle pieces for the walkways throughout Disney World. C2 is a local company here in Patchogue Village that produces artistic elements for homes, businesses, restaurants, designers, and architects. They also have a fine art gallery featuring local, national, and international artists working in many mediums. Check them out at http://www.C2Resource.com.
Sharon Henson, Photography firstname.lastname@example.org I try to capture the beauty of nature in its natural form as well as what encompasses our everyday lives. My style of work ranges from land to sea to food shots to still life. I have not found one area I like better than the other. I feel my wide range of interest keeps me “on my toes”. It makes me work harder and think deeper. My inspiration comes from the beautiful Long Island area. It, too, has a wide range of style. Also, my love of cooking for my food shots as well as many years of collecting, restoring, and selling antiques has given me a deep appreciation of beauty.
Kathy Seff, Glass and Metal Mobiles email@example.com
Sandy Seff, Glass, Iron, and Wood Colorful Visions Art Glass Studio is the maker of Long Island’s finest custom art glass. Our studio is both an online (wwwcvglassart.com; our artist bios and more are here) and Main Street gallery (813B Montauk Highway, Bayport) showcasing works for purchase that are created by the glass artists who work right in the studio, Sandy Seff and Kathy Seff; and a custom art glass studio where we design and make by hand all of the art glass at the studio. Here you will find everything from custom stained glass cabinet inserts, custom stained glass windows, custom art glass entryways and doorways, and more. And don’t forget we hand make custom hot glass dishware and various art glass décor from hot glass sculptures to stained glass mirrors. We are always creating something new at the studio! Our gallery is perfect for those who want to collect art glass! Colorful Visions has home décor and glass art giftware and also features the original and unique Great Glass Jewelry Line by Sandy & Kathy Seff. The collection includes hot, fused glass and kiln formed pendants, earrings, rings, and more; and for him, Cufflinks by Seff Designs, New York. One of our proud mottos is: All Original…All the Time! Our creativity can be seen in our finished work, whether it’s hot glass dishware or an original series of serene ocean art in fused glass by Kathy Seff.
6. The Dochtermann Garden – 2 Harborside Drive – We came across this development in 2001 while looking to buy our first home, and we instantly fell in love with the location and the neighborhood. The house sits as the only home in the cul-de-sac, surrounded by 22 acres of preserve and facing the creek which provides a winter water view.
When the house was completed in April of 2002, the challenge of designing the landscaping began, as the lot was not cleared or graded and there was no driveway or walkway. The biggest challenges to designing the landscape came from the cul-de-sac and the grading issues of the property. The street and the house sit three-and-a-half feet above grade, and the overspill of grading material from the street had buried many of the trees near the street. In order to preserve the trees and the natural beauty of the location, I decided to create a sunken front yard. The finished landscape that is seen today was the result of back-breaking work on the part of me, my father, Cliff, who worked with me on every aspect of the project, and my wife Jaime.
We first started with the hardscape by deciding on the layout and location of the driveway and front walkway. We then went about clearing away all of the overspill from around the trees and cul-de-sac. In an attempt to achieve as natural a setting as possible, we decided to build a stacked stone retaining wall to address the grading issues around the street and the front of the house. The resulting wall runs a total of 205 feet and ranges in height from one to four feet and was built from fifteen pallets of Pennsylvania stone.
Cliff and Jaime
Rachel and Tim Miller, Metal Sculpture firstname.lastname@example.org We create hand forged metalwork that is both decorative as well as functional. Together we started as apprentices at our local Historical Society’s blacksmith shop where we came to know our future would be surrounded by red hot shards of imagination and a desire to create in metal. Together and separately we traveled the country and were taught by well known craftspeople. Our love of metalwork left us eager to experiment with many different techniques of forming metal. From working with no power and coal as fuel and pumping six foot leather bellows to creating x-ray quality welds for the aerospace industry, we have settled into a happy medium, taking the best from tradition and technology. As artist blacksmiths we apply our individual aesthetics to all of our work. Custom furniture, home accessories, gates, railings, and architectural metalwork are all made in our studio and are products of our creative drives. Spirit Ironworks has been a working forge since 1999. With the utmost quality and increasing diversity in work, Spirit Ironworks is always striving for more and welcome whatever the future hold. Please visit at http://www.spiritironworks.com/
Debra Rodman-Peck, Painting email@example.com Art is a route to connect with the imaginary through the intangible. Building up and breaking down texture and color in ways that challenge and draw from imagination. Through this process: Tangibility creeps through creating a language of forms.
6. The Bishop Garden – 648 Old Medford Avenue – Welcome to our backyard garden. We bought this one acre wooded lot in the 60’s. Some of the land was cleared in 1970 and we had our house built. I wasn’t into flower planting right away. We planted our shrubs, especially the rhododendrons with in the first year. I enjoyed daffodils and tulips.
It seems the squirrels also liked the tulips, so I don’t have too many of them. I now like perennials as they come back every year. Of course, I always fill in with annuals.
The red maple in the front yard was planted the year my son was born and the weeping cherry in the back yard was planted when my daughter was born. My husband built the barn structure several years after we moved in. The lower part houses our gardening supplies and equipment. The upper part houses our gardening supplies. The upper loft now seems to be a catchall.
The garden in the front of the barn is perennial. It’s about my only sunny spot. The rock garden with brick wall is both annual and perennial. The bricks are from the old Lace Mill in the village. The garden next to the path leading out to the woods was only started about 5 years ago. As you can see I enjoy the birds. You will note a small cemetery to the left.
At the side of the house, my husband put in a small fish pond. We have a big problem with raccoons getting the fish. I’ve also seen a Great Blue Heron a couple of times.
I love being outside with nature. After retiring, I joined the Garden Club and met many great people and saw many beautiful gardens.
Enjoy the gardens,
Babette and Rick
John Cino, Sculpture firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/johncinosculpture
I seek to find the connections between diverse fields of human study. The work I create is often ambiguous: where one person might see fluids in motion or living creatures, another might see music, and still another may see a differential equation. Originally setting out to explore the dualities of natural and artificial, geometric and organic, order and chaos, physical and metaphysical, I soon found out that these dualities are really continuums created by a human mind seeking order and differentiation in a universe of interconnectedness.
Dawn Wakiya, Silk on Wood email@example.com 631-965-6259
Through my art, I hope to appeal to the viewers’ senses by providing the eye a place of excitement with color, shape, and form and a place of calm and restfulness. Pattern, motif, and color found in some of the most inspirational works in traditional fibre arts such as weaving, embroidery, and quilting are frequently derived from the natural world. This is clearly evident to me as my lifestyle melds my life as an artist and my life as a gardener continually. To feel fully attuned to this while creating my work is very enriching and satisfying. My exploration with fibre includes collage work, mostly combining fibre, paint, and paper on both canvas and reclaimed wood and woven wall hangings often including natural plant materials and hand-dyed yarns.
“Begonia”, part of a series created in 2009, is inspired by a favorite plant my late grandfather owned and loved that I grew from a cutting. It is on reclaimed oak I got from a local woodworker, painted with acrylic, and embellished with silk yarn I acquired while traveling in Thailand.
Misc. Photos of Gardens and Art