Bridge Gardens auction benefits Peconic Land Trust

Bid On Birdhouses

Kathy Kennedy is the senior outreach manager for the Peconic Land Trust. Independent/Ty Wenzel

In the heart of Bridgehampton lies a stunning landscape free to use for anyone looking for be immersed in a kind of glorious nature that is unique to the East End.

The four-acre Bridge Gardens was a donation to the Peconic Land Trust in 2008 by Harry Neyens and Jim Kilpatric. Once past the gates and beyond the beautiful lily pad-laden pond framed by tall breezy reeds, guests can amble through naturalistic flower borders, native grasses, roses, flowering shrubs and mature trees — reminiscent of classic groves and painterly flower beds that harken back to the legendary garden designer of yore, Gertrude Jekyll. Bridge Gardens is free for the public and also hosts educational workshops and lectures about healthy living and sustainable gardening. It is a dream for followers of native landscape design as well as English cottage plantings.

The second annual Birdhouse Auction runs until August 17 with a closing party from 4 to 6 PM. The public can bid on stunning birdhouses designed and built by over 30 contributing celebrities, architects, artists, politicians, and more with proceeds that benefit the Peconic Land Trust. Designers include Scott Bluedorn, Jay Schneiderman, Scott Chaskey, NancyLynn Thiele, Brian Kennedy, Sylvia Channing, and Cynthia Wells, among many others.

The birdhouses will be on display until August 17, and Bridge Gardens offers tours and classes throughout the summer months. For more information, visit

Silent bidding has begun and the winners of the birdhouses will be announced Saturday August 17 at the closing reception at 6PM.