2014 President’s Circle Trip

Scattered showers and gray clouds didn’t hamper President’s Circle members on this year’s annual trip as the group ventured to the Hamptons to view three tremendous private gardens.

Guests were enchanted by two properties belonging to Andrew Sabin—Turtle Bluff and Bennett House. At Turtle Bluff, in Amagansett, there was much to see, including a half-acre garden of medicinal herbs and Asian vegetables, a wildflower meadow, busy beehives, and Wally, the charming resident potbelly pig!

Despite a sudden downpour during lunch at Bennett House, in East Hampton, President’s Circle members were buoyed by the tranquil, Asian-inspired setting. Buddhist deities, artfully arranged rocks brought from Tai Hu Lake in China, and a dock leading to breathtaking views of Accabonac Harbor provided a calming meditative retreat for that day’s visiting city dwellers.

The final tour of the day was of the estate belonging to Daniel Chung and Alexandra Alger in East Hampton. Here visitors gained a new appreciation for garden building from the ground up as they viewed the work of the landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden. President’s Circle members were enthralled by the ever-changing lines, colors, and textures throughout the ten-acre estate, which seamlessly mingled hardscape features with lush plantings.

Kathryn Douglass is BBG's major gifts and special events associate.

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