July 7, 2012, 12th Annual Garden Tour
The Tchinnis Garden
We moved to this house four years ago after having renovated our former home on Roe Boulevard and completely restoring the garden there. We hated leaving that garden but have undertaken the new challenge that this house presented! One of the things we loved right away was the way the trees created shadows on the lawn (or weed bed might be more correct).
There was really only the remains of a garden; the two large azaleas, a couple of lilac bushes, the very large PeeGee hydrangea near the front porch and the really huge Hicksa yew in front of the porch. We have weeded non stop since the weeds really felt that they had found a safe home! They keep coming back but we are finally getting ahead of them. Mulch and constant vigilance help.
The garden against the side of the house, which you see from the driveway, is all new planting, except for the aforementioned bushes. We really love the knockout roses which bloom all summer long into almost winter. We have tried to create an English garden which lends itself to the style of our house which is a Tudor /Arts and Crafts house. To the right of the back door is a really giant Weeping cherry tree. It only blooms for two weeks, but what a show when it does bloom! We think it must be original to this house which is over 90 years old. When we first moved in there was an existing patio made of cement paving stones. The area it covered was around ten feet in any direction. While cleaning up the property, John started uncovering more and more of the patio until it became the size you see today. It has become a very pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the garden and trees.
Our latest project is the garden around the dinghy behind the house. When we moved in there were three dinghies behind the shed so we thought it would be good to use one as a centerpiece for a garden.
We hope you have enjoyed your tour of our garden. It really is a work in progress and we mean to keep working on it as long as we can.
Happy gardening, Mary Ann and John
The Demaio Garden
I have lived in my house since 1972. In the early years I had all to do keeping the lawn cut.
When I retired in 2006 a friend talked me into planting a few hydrangeas and it all took off from there.
For the last few years I have lost my mind about the yard. I just keep adding, two hosta gardens, hydrangeas all over the place, knock out roses. I went to Lowes Garden Center once a week for their sale items. LOTS OF FUN !!!!!
A few years ago I hired a professional landscaper to maintain it all.
The Deede Garden
Welcome to my gardens. Enjoy a stroll around while being greeted by my “Kids and Critters”.
People are always asking me what got me started in creating all this beauty in our backyard. It’s an easy question to answer; I wanted to create a beautiful yard for my Mom to enjoy.
I always remember back to when we would take drives out East. Along the way my parents would admire the beautifully landscaped homes, creating my gardens has given Mom her own yard to admire and enjoy while only having to look out the window.
My “Dahlia Garden” was the first; riding around Patchogue one summer evening we noticed a house with umbrellas attached to polls behind a fence. The yard wasn’t much to look twice at but the umbrellas really caught our interest. After many rides by trying to figure out what it was all about I finally stopped and asked. The umbrellas were covering dahlias; the owner grew them for show and needed to keep any drop of water from damaging the petals. That was the start of my interest in dahlia’s but without the umbrellas. The dahlia garden was soon enclosed with the picket fence and arbor. The beds around the fence were next.
Each year a new garden has been added or extended; the original “Butterfly Garden” started as a small circle near the back fence; my first butterfly bush (one of 40) still stands there but has lost many branches to storms. This garden has been very much extended and now stretches from the pond to the cottage. At the time my vision for the extension was a bird sanctuary type garden but the whole yard is basically a bird and butterfly paradise. The bird houses around the yard have several “tenants” each year giving us much to watch and listen to. We also have a resident turtle named “Groovy” who roams the yard and a frog named “Rocket” who swims around with the fish in the pond.
The pond was incorporated into the yard by a gift from Mom; I wanted a statue I saw not realizing it was a fountain! Mom’s guess of a pond was right. That spring I dug the pond, Mom and I went on a scavenger hunt for the rocks around it; creating the pond was easy, keeping it clear, not always easy. I hope to renovate the pond this fall to make it bigger and shapelier.
The first island garden toward the west came about to better an area where the lawn never did well, at that time I named it the “Purple Garden”; everything in it was purple, It now has various colors and is much bigger. The center island garden is the “Rose Garden” but since I haven’t had much luck with roses there is more of everything else there. We call the east island “Donna’s Garden”. There was a beautiful red maple there that didn’t make it over the winter of 2009. Our dear friend Donna, with a little help from us, cut it down with her trusty little fold up saw, she was determined. Not wanting the stump in the lawn I dug up a new garden to hide it, of course this was no surprise to Mom.
My newest garden is the “Cottage Garden”. The old playhouse was knocked down in October 2010 to make way for my cute little cottage, I wasn’t sure what I wanted around the outside, I thought of various shrubs but as I got digging the vision of more colorful flowers with a walkway came to mind. It’s not yet quite the way I want it but in time that will change.
The very fragrant lavender around the patio makes it a very relaxing place to sit and look out at the all the color after a long day of gardening.
I hope you have enjoyed the gardens as much as I’ve enjoyed creating and showing them. I am proud to say I have dug them all and maintain them myself.
Thanks for visiting
The Silver Garden
We bought this house and property almost 7 years ago and since then we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a peaceful, tranquil setting.
Although it seemed like such an overwhelming task, we instinctively saw the property’s potential for a lush garden and wildlife sanctuary and set our sights on making our dream a reality.
It started with the razing of numerous dead and overgrown trees and shrubs that had robbed the property of its grand & stately appearance.
Next came the creation of our pond, which we chose to be the focal point of our garden.
We painstakingly dug out the pond and placed tons of rocks to create a natural, aquatic landscape. It continues to be a work in progress of trimming, pruning and primping, but one that we cherish to this day.
In an effort to preserve the history of our yard, we chose to retain a number of its core elements. Lily of the Valley, laced with tiger lilies, which adorn the northern perimeter of the pond, and yellow daisies, which border the driveway, are the link to the past beauty of this property. We then created a hedgerow of red azaleas on the south side of the house to introduce a dramatic color contrast and offer a hearty welcome to our quests. A beautiful Crepe Myrtle, planted in memory of my dad, sits atop the waterfall and produces beautiful red flowers late into the season.
Construction to the front yard made it necessary to remove the old, overgrown shrubs and trees which, upon removal, provided us with a blank canvas to create a more traditional, formal façade. With the help of our friend Tom from Daisy Gardens, our front yard was “reborn”.
All summer, we enjoy sitting around the pond, watching the fish and all of the beautiful wildlife it attracts to our yard. Darting dragonflies, numerous types of birds including hummingbirds, herons and egrets visit our pond frequently. Bird feeders, birdbath and birdhouses provide our feathered friends a reason to visit often and to stick around well past the summer month’s end.
We hope you enjoy visiting our gardens as much as we enjoyed creating them.
The Toplitz Garden
I bought my home in 1994. Never having a garden before, I waited a year to see what was growing, and to think about how I wanted to design it. Only some poppies, lavender, peonies, crabapples, and the large holly are what remain of the original property. The lot is laid out like a bowling alley and goes through the entire block to Chapel St.
My garden has become a creative and restive retreat for me. I hope you enjoy the tour of it.
The front fence, wheelbarrow on the porch, and the planters are annuals for continual color throughout the growing season. The remainder of the garden is evergreens and perennials. At the front porch there are mostly evergreens used for the foundation planting with some perennials for color.
Along the side of the house is a kitchen/ herb garden overlooking the sunken terrace. There are edible, medicinal, and ornamental herbs. Next are perennial beds filled with sun and shade plants. Yellow corydalis happily reseeds in the rock crevices as well as the feverfew, foxglove, and coneflower. There are seven different phlox, orange coneflowers, silver leafed huchera, four different sedums, a miniature balloon flower, and about 30 other plants in these beds.
Behind the garage is a two seater outhouse. Always a conversation piece!
The next room is the cottage and shade garden. One of the first flowers of the year to bloom is the hellebores, which open around February. There is a rare variegated leaf rhododendron, native NY ironweed, some of the seven different iris I have, the giant blue sieboldiana hosta, azaleas which bloom until the end of June, and an azalea which produces 3″- 4″ diameter flowers.
Behind the cottage are a Japanese red maple and some crabapples which attract Orioles every spring when they bloom. I left this area park like for low maintenance.
I decided to break up the property into “rooms” to make it more manageable and interesting. I also wanted privacy, four seasons of color, attract birds, and a cottage style to fit with the age of the home. The home was built in 1900 and was part of a huge dairy farm composed of 500 acres (so I have been told).
July 9, 2011, 11th Annual Garden Tour Photos
The Patchogue Garden Club 11th Annual Garden Tour – Featuring Art in the Garden
“How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” – Benjamin Disraeli
1. The Club Garden
2. The O’Reilly Garden
I bought this house and property 10 years ago. I was particularly drawn to the lake. It would give me privacy and a chance to watch the birds.
The property was pretty boring with nothing but grass. Overtime friends with a landscape business brought in stone, top soil and compost for the beds that I intended to plant.
Slowly I planted with an eye towards perennials. My decks hold many pots filled with colorful flowers. I divided grasses and replanted them around the yard.
Lakeside living has allowed me enjoy white and blue herons, various ducks and many birds. About 5 years ago, I put up a pole to encourage the osprey to nest. It hasn’t been successful so I intend to extend it higher. We are able to fish on the lake but no engines allowed.
I really have gotten the privacy and some peace and quiet here in Patchogue that I was looking for. Enjoy!
3. The Belzak Garden
It all started way back when, who wants to admit how long. When I was a kid my father received ?Best Yard? in the neighborhood. In those days, what did I care, I wanted to hang out with my friends, I hated plants. All I know is that we kids had to weed and pick the big horn tomato worm off the tomatoes. Even though I learned some things, I decided I am never going to have any plants! Little did I know I would become obsessed years later.
I started off with vegetables way back when. We now have raspberries, blueberries, grapes, asparagus, 3 in 1 pear tree, hardy kiwis and other annual vegetables. There is nothing like going out and picking your own lettuce, if the rabbits don’t get it, or tomatoes. If the box turtle doesn’t get the lower branched tomatoes or the birds don’t peck them. Years ago, I didn’t care about flowers or evergreens (boy what an idiot one can be!).
These days, we have many different varieties of plants, and trees. They include lots of Cool Day Lilies. We have many roses, love them, but hate those thorns. Every time I get stuck with them, I say that’s it, I’m getting rid of them, but I get over it after the bleeding stops and the swelling goes down. One day I looked around and thought I love evergreens and I need some!!! So I began picking some up over time. The evergreens I have include Weeping Norway, Weeping Atlas Cedar, Hinoki, Deodara, and Monkey Puzzle among others. Every birthday or Mother’s Day I would ask for a tree, don’t all mothers ask for that?!!! I also have all kinds of perennials but they’re more work than weeds! They’re constantly multiplying and spreading to the point that I have yard/plant sale each May. It keeps them under control and I can buy a new tree with the money. Don’t all moms buy trees with extra money!!
The gardens have changed over the years, we have garden rooms. One is a shade garden with some outrageous hosta, hellebores, epidemiums, ladybells, ferns, and many others.
We have a courtyard and other garden rooms.
I talked my husband into making a pond with a mosaic walk around it. We did it by hand and that was crazy of course, with him mixing the cement and me cracking anything and everything trying to get it in before it dried. Because we never learn, the following year we made stepping stones to match (but that was a bit easier). Around the pond there’s a waterfall, dwarf ginkgo, Chinese variegated dogwood, Hinoki, native fern, dwarf red maple, and some others. We have 2 other ponds, bird baths and water features around the yard. This makes for many birds and bugs everywhere. I try to be organic as much as possible. We also collect old tools which are placed throughout the yard.
I’m in the Dahlia Society as I have a couple hundred dahlias. Every dahlia has to be dug up and stored inside each year. (Also cannas and some other tubers and bulbs.) It’s a labor of love, at least that’s what they tell me. One might think. How is this possible for one to do this? Plus eat, sleep, work, and have some fun away from home. Believe it or not, it is possible. How you ask. If you don’t need a lot of sleep, can still bend down and walk and are fairly healthy and of course have a big strong husband who can lift, move and dig things that I can’t. That helps. It doesn’t hurt that he is good with his hands. He has built the arbors and other things around the yard.
One day while I was out weeding in the front yard, a woman stopped by to admire the yard. She asked if she could hire me, I said I didn’t do that. She left and I thought, why not? That was about 15 years ago and I have been getting paid to create and maintain gardens ever since. There are times when I’m out there trying to keep up with the weeding, watering and deadheading and I think to myself what am I doing out here every year? I say I am going to cut back (I did throw out 2 houseplants). As for our kids, they hate plants and think I am crazy. Crazy for plants. Who knows, maybe one day, they will be too!!!
4. The Rose Garden
In June 2004, we moved into our home. I never expected that i would love gardening. All my life I was busy with work, coaching and playing softball. When we first moved the east side of the property was not fenced in. The only pre existing garden was a short picket fence in the front of our house. The west side of the property was lined with white pine trees. My first garden started with the small picket fence. When I started I planted Montauk daises, moonbeam coreopsis and morning glory. As I spent more and more time tending to that garden I realized how much I loved it. This is when I realized more beds was needed to our property. Over the years we added a fence to create more of s private yard for our family. This fence allowed us to create many beds both inside and outside of the fence.
Throughout the yard there are garden beds that showcase plants that we chose for their unique qualities. I particularly love evergreens as a backbone to our gardens because of their beauty is unchanged by the seasons. You will find Leyland cypresses, blue spruces, holly, juniper, hinokii throughout the yard. Some of my favorite plants are the rose bushes, Russian sage and Japanese maples throughout the yard.
…We look forward to your visit and hope you enjoy the gardens.
5. The Geller Garden
Our parents thought we were insane when in 1966, we purchase our property in the middle of nowhere. The house had been built for himself by Mr. Ballone, a builder, and we bought it from the Vallinis, the second owners. Three days before the closing, our second child was born. Mr. Vallini kept the property beautifully manicured with rose bushes all around the pond. Within a few years, we had two more children, and we had to choose either to care for the children or care for the roses. We chose the children and the roses gradually disappeared.
The circular drive and driveway along the pond were handy for teaching the children to ride bikes: and in later years, for honing their driving skills.
The driveway-encircled garden is a work in progress and is where we use our home-made mulch. The fresh water pond is spring fed and was home to koi, eels, sunfish, and turtles. At one time, we tried to introduce fingerling trout into the pond, but they were eaten as fast as we poured them in. Turtles, Bubbles and Shelley and their offspring still live in the pond and there are still some fish. However, several years ago, we saw the arrival of Louisiana Herons that treat the pond as their private fish supplier. This year, another family of fish-eaters, Hooded Mergansers, also became frequent visitors. The white and gray herons that live with egrets across the creek, rarely visit out pond.
Canadian Geese often have nested on the island.
Our children and their friends, as well as our fisherman friends, were welcome to fish our pond as long as they practiced catch and release.
During birthday parties, our children and their guests had eel races in the pond. We tied balloons labeled with names to mini hot dogs with biodegradable twine.
Winters were celebrated ice skating on the frozen pond, with a hibachi on the island warming their cocoa and brownies. Summertime, toy boat races were held here.
We frequently take our morning coffee at the bistro table on the island.
Although we could swim in the pond, the water was always cold. By 1969, we realized we’d found paradise and never wanted to move, so we designed and built the pool.. At the same time, we raised the wall of the island by one cinder block and gunited the walls. We used the excavated soil from the pool to raise the level of the island.
For plantings, we consulted Mr. Miskowski, who took us to his nursery on South Country Road and let us pick from his prized Red Roses. We planted them in them in the pool area as well as in other places on the property.
From the balcony above the garage, we can sit and watch the wildlife and smell the beautiful aromas. We can pick and eat the cherry tomatoes climbing up the wall near the pool and the figs sneaking through the fence, growing from the ?Garden of Edyie.? Some of the plants here started as cuttings from friends and relatives.
South of the pond is another garden, named ?The Wedding Garden? because near here Pam, our older daughter, married Steve. In the garden are trees that were living table decorations purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation for the wedding. This garden also features beautiful plants that we carried back from our daughter Robin’s garden in Portland, Oregon. There, they are considered a nuisance growth that are hard to control except when visitors come from New York.
The soil in this area is exceptionally fertile. According to Ted Davies, (a Patchogue native and Man of the Year in 2004,) as a youngster, he planted Lima beans here. The soil was enriched with wood chips from the lumber mill that was across the way.
When we moved in, this area was covered with Forsythias, wild roses, and weeds which sheltered rabbits. A golden Mannikin now guards the garden and everything in it including the bathroom sink. A slate with ?36? incised into it was unearthed beneath a tree which blew down during hurricane Gloria. We think it may have been placed over the grave of a pet.
See if you can spot the tiles from our original fireplace hearth.
?Papa? Fig Tree is outside of the pool gate and started as a cutting from Edyie’s father’s Fig Tree in Howard Beach. Three of its off springs are happily thriving in other areas of the property. Others are producing lovely figs in Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, and in Arlington, Texas, at the home of Mary and Mitch, our oldest son.
Our daughter Pam married Steve here on May 25, 2003. After the ceremony, their first meal, (traditionally alone,) was on the island. They also planned a ?Garden Walk,? with poetry hanging from trees and shrubs to share with their formally clad guests as they strolled through the property.
Starting six weeks before the wedding, Tommy Hake, tree surgeon, trimmed and lollypoped trees, and hung the baby swing and the wedding swing. Kenny, the gardener, removed the wall of barbed wire and wild roses and weeds that bordered South Country Road and, as suggested by the nursery, planted Arbor Vitae- probably not good advice as most of them did not survive. This was due to too much shade and winter road salt. We’ve been replacing them with Rhododendrons.
South of the pool is a hill that is perfect for sledding or traying.
There are grapes?ideal for wine or jelly?growing along the creek. Also growing there are blackberries. Hurricane Gloria knocked down four weeping willows. Some new ones are growing out of the fallen ones. They make perfect playhouses for our six grandchildren.
The pond slopes sprout Ferns, Lily of the Valley, Ivy, and Tiger Lilies.
There is an island in the middle of the creek that has the remnants of a fort built by our children when they were young. They used the Jon boat to get to the island for their picnic lunch.
We used to dock an out board in the creek. To get to the Bay, we poled or trolled to the area of the creek that had been dredged. This was behind the home of Dr. and Mrs Frank Sconzo Sr. This house was built by Frank Heinz who built this house for himself. He also was the builder of many other houses in South Country Shores. There, we could lower the main motor, and off we’d go.
Our son-in-law Steve is a sculptor and some of his works are on display on the property.
Most children who visit cry when they have to leave what our grandchildren call? Grandma and Grandpa’s park? We call it Paradise!
Edyie & Joe
6. The McGrath Garden
Saying Farewell to the Garden
After 22 years of gardening here in East Patchogue, we are planning a move upstate to be near my sons. The ?For Sale? sign is up, the house is cleaned, prepped and ready. Emotionally we are ready for a new life upstate while at the same time are sad about leaving. We have loved living in this house and garden and will miss Long Island, our family and all of our friends.
The garden is especially lovely this spring. I walk the garden each morning with the dog and check out what is new since the day before. It is with both joy and sadness that I view the garden that we have envisioned, planted, and nurtured over the last 22 years. Much has changed since the original plantings went in. Plants grew too well or died out. Our tastes changed and the lawn grew ever smaller. I have an intimate attachment to the garden and house. 22 years is a long time. I know each plant personally even the poison ivy that still lingers.
We know it is time to leave this garden and begin again upstate where we are planning on having a sunny garden again. We want to plant vegetables and herbs ? which we can’t do in the shady garden here. We also look forward to a smaller garden upstate – something that we can take care of with a bit less time and energy. No pond at the new garden. We are cutting back. It is time.
I understand that once the gardener leaves his/her garden, it will never be the same. Another gardener may purchase the property and change things as they see fit. It is also entirely possible that the new owners may not be gardeners at all and may cut down the trees, remove the gardens and have a green lawn. That happens increasingly in our neighborhood. The gardens have a finite life and we knew that from the beginning, but now that a move is coming up soon, it is harder to accept.
So, I say farewell to the garden each day as I walk the paths, continue to weed, and even design new areas. We want the garden to go out with a bang!
Additional Garden Tour Photos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.imagesbydonnarae.com
Burk Carey 631-475-4278 BurkesJourney@verizon.net
Alma Pancir email@example.com
Brian Bartley firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion C. Roddin email@example.com 631-744-8973 Cell: 631-972-6116
Vivian Gattuso firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com www.AuroraDigitalPhotos.com
Mary Samuels SamuelsMary@aol.com
Sue Gottfried firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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