The Gardens & Landscapes of Port Jefferson

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Snaden's Garden Smiling girls Betts Garden cropped Kito's Garden Nan's full porch Birdhouse Flower Cart Archway Wayne Helmer's herb gardenWe welcome you to our First Annual “The Gardens & Landscapes of Port Jefferson”, sponsored by the Times Beacon Record Newspaper in celebration of summer & their 40th Anniversary.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  •  Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.
There are 9 Gardens to visit throughout Port Jefferson. As you visit each garden you’ll get to experience the beautiful flowers and plants. Each garden has a unique design that fits well with the historical homes and location.

At selected gardens there will be watercolorists from the Night Heron Artists.


Garden 1: Nature’s Palette
110 California Ave.

Gardens come to life reflecting the view of an artist. Entering through a whimsical garden gate, visitors are greeted by an authentic French potting cart vignette. Fairies illuminate the numerous elevations that enhance the artist’s efforts to garner one’s imagination. A passion to work with nature’s bounty is evidenced by the beautiful moss rock gardens located throughout the property. Enjoy suffused combinations of cottage like flowers in symphony with perennial blooms enhanced by voluminous shades and textures of green plantings. Your visit continues as you enjoy hospitality refreshments at a beautiful pool side setting.

Garden 2 Border Garden with a Lemon Kick
204 Myrtle Ave.

As you walk up the Myrtle hill you can’t help but notice the 125 year old stone wall on top of which you will find our fanciful flower garden. The fragrant honeysuckle that adorns the fence, along the west side of the property, will catch your attention with its intoxicating scent. Look for the two horse shoes hidden among the blooms. In the urns, there are lavender topiaries. Don’t miss the 19th century porch with the bountiful flowering hanging baskets and enjoy a refreshing lemonade drink.

Feature Event 3: Gardens of the Heart
709 Main Street
(On-site parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Jones Ave)

Whispers beckon to an era gone by. A glorious profusion of magnificent plantings embellish the significance of one of the most beautiful Victorians in our beloved village. Garden elegance is further defined by the antique white wrought iron design elements garnered with white floral plantings throughout the patio. Enjoy refreshments as you meander through the property. Be sure to view the parlor.

Garden 4: Gateway to Garden Splendors
136 Tuthill Street

Climb the meandering stairs that greet you with potted annual urns. Go through the gateway and enter into an open porch area where you are greeted with container planters and handcrafted superior chocolates by ‘Chocology Unlimited’. Have a taste of chilled champagne and continue to enter into the secluded back yard with neat perennial borders and featured plantings.

Garden 5: High Tea on High
401 High Street

Shipbuilder Sylvester T. Wines house stands proudly in the heart of the P.J. Village. Built in 1855, this Pre-Civil War Italianate Victorian home is one of the few village houses to be found in the local, state and national registries for historic places.
The five levels of original walled-terraced gardens have been cared for with great love for both plant choices and their historic value to the Victorian garden. Experience 60 years of the Betts Family transforming this special quarter acre with the help of professional landscapers. View seven species of hydrangeas and hostas. While enjoying High Tea, you will be serenaded by the beautiful music of harpist Marilyn Levine.

Garden 6: The Mather House Museum Gardens
115 Prospect Street

The Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden at the Mather House Museum was created and is maintained by the Suwassett Garden Club. The majority of perennial plants are appropriate for the age of the house. Today, modern varieties are used and annuals are added for color and interest. When the village celebrated the 150th anniversary of renaming Drowned Meadow to Port Jefferson in 1986, the Suwassett Garden Club named the garden in honor of this famous President and horticulturist.
The Wayne Helmer Herb Garden is located behind the main building, just off the kitchen – the usual place for an herb garden in early times. Wayne was the resident caretaker for the buildings as well as a beloved member of both the Historical Society and the Herb Society. Upon his death, the garden was created in his memory. A quiet stroll along its brick path will enliven your senses with its beauty and fragrance.

Garden 7: Side & Rear Perennial Abundance
108 Bleeker Street

You are greeted with neatly trimmed boxwood bushes that grow on the top of a stone wall that ushers you down a welcoming pathway of slate paver stepping stones leading you to a ‘secret’ garden. The gateway trellises beckon the visitor into a secluded sitting area adorned with perennials. Hidden are the niche garden of established container planters and pristine grass lawn area/patio that are surrounded by sun & shade loving plants.

Garden 8: Gardens Times Three
211 Grant Street

Situated mid-way up a steep hill you will come to a charming home on a flat piece of land. Enjoy not one but 3 garden types: fruit, vegetable and established perennial. Don’t miss the fruit and vegetable gardens at the very rear of the property.

Garden 9: The ‘Zen’ Experience
1 Frances Lane

This yard was designed as a functional ‘zen’ experience. A pergola and roof over the patio next to house creates outdoor rooms. The in ground pool and bocce court make family gathering centers as do the fire pit and hot tub. The pondless waterfall provides soothing tranquility while specimen plants such as Nookatensis and thread leaf maple provide accents to the landscape and the home’s architectural features.


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