In the Hamptons the landscaping industry tends to slow down its pace in July and August. Those are the months when our clients use their outdoor spaces for relaxing on lazy days, holding barbeques and lawn parties, and for other activities during which they may not appreciate their landscaper hanging around. Our presence notwithstanding, hot summer days aren’t ideal for planting (you can find more information about why summer isn’t always the best time to plant here).
Inevitably though, fall will arrive and landscaping services are requested again. Fall can be a great time for planting and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Tree Farm begins our famous annual sale in September.
Needless to say, fall is a busy time of the year for us. Already we’ve completed many projects that we are proud of. Below are a few interesting assignments we wanted to share:
Cherry Tree Planting on Roosevelt Island, NYC
The cherry trees were grown on our Long Island tree farm. These particular trees were planted as a living memorial on behalf of a client who wished to honor his late wife. The memorial is not only touching, but also generous; the trees were installed in a public area and will be enjoyed by everyone who visits the park.
This wasn’t Whitmores Landscaping’s first time completing a project in New York City. Over the years we’ve worked with many private clients and landscape architects on installations in city gardens, yards, and even building roof tops. Whitmores Tree Farm has worked with organizations to bring in trees to use as experimental plantings; installing popular lawn trees like lindens and beeches to see if they’d grow in unique urban areas of the City.
Seasonal Garden at Hedges Inn, East Hampton
We may feature the walkway plantings at Hedges Inn frequently on facebook and instagram, but we have a good reason. The job is one of Whitmores Garden’s favorites because the team gets to be creative when changing out the selection every season. These mini gardens line the entranceway to the historic inn (built in the 1600’s as a private residence).
This fall the gardening team chose a mixture of chrysanthemums, purple fountain grass, ornamental cabbage, heuchera, and fall pansies.
Planters frame the Inn’s front door
Saint Peter the Apostle Church Steeple Repair, Amagansett
Saint Peter the Apostle Church was built in the 1920’s in Amagansett as an extension of the Roman Catholic Church in neighboring East Hampton town. The church has recently undergone a series of renovations, including some repairs on the steeple, done by Whitmores Carpentry division.
The photos were taken by our construction team themselves because our regular photographer has a small fear of heights.
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton
The Parrish Art Museum was founded in 1898 and features American artists. The new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building opened in 2012, built on old potato fields. Whitmores Landscaping works with the Parrish’s landscape architects to implement their design, part of which is maintaining an assortment of native plants. Last week we seeded the large fields around the museum with a mix of oats and wild flowers. The oats are a cover crop and will appear in the next week or so. Wild flowers will show next spring.