Garden Conservancy to host North Fork tour July 8

A scene from Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith’s garden in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese, file photo)

Get a rare look at four of the North Fork’s loveliest private gardens — including  the garden of Denis Schrader and Bill Smith, a northforker favorite — during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour on Saturday, July 8.

The Garden Conservancy, which works to preserve beautiful gardens for public enjoyment, is hosting an “open day” on Long Island when gardens in Cutchogue, Mattituck and Jamesport will open their doors to visitors.

Admission is $7 at each private garden (children 12 and under are free). All proceeds benefit The Garden Conservancy. No reservations are required and the event is rain or shine. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance on The Garden Conservancy’s website.

The Garden Conservancy hosts similar events in cities like Portland, Ore., Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard. The volunteer-run tours support the Garden Conservancy’s mission of preserving public gardens.

Along the North Fork tour you will find designer Conni Cross’ garden featuring five acres with a waterfall, four ponds and an aviary (look for the “Colored Eggs” sign.)


And Iif you stop at Schrader and Smith’s Mattituck property you might see their hideaway tiki hut, two ponds, a 12-seat handcrafted dining table and hundreds of thousands of local and exotic plants from around the world. There will also be a plant sale at the property.

Bedrick in Mattituck and Winds Way Farm in Jamesport will also be stops along the tours.

The garden of Conni Cross is located at 22275 Main Rd. in Cutchogue and will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bedrick is located at 980 Greton Ct. in Mattiuck and will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith’s garden is located at 1200 East Mill Rd. in Mattituck and will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Winds Way Farm is located at  73 Winds Way in Jamesport and will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit The Garden Conservancy’s website,