The Westhampton Garden Club provides hands-on maintenance and financial support to public gardens in the community. From spring through autumn, WGC teams maintains gardens at the Quogue Library, The Pond Garden in Quogue and St. Mark’s Church. Funding goes to maintaining gardens on the village green in Westhampton Beach and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
The gardens behind the library are designed to be both educational and beautiful. A 19th century one-room schoolhouse and 18th century smokehouse frame the Mary Kane Hayes Garden with its traditional plantings, a sweet mix of Bleeding Heart, Butterfly Bush, Clematis and Phlox. The Herb Garden’s four quadrants highlight culinary, medicinal, economic and fragrant herbs.
The Native Plant Garden at the Lily Pond on Jessup Avenue in Quouge is the newest project of the Westhampton Garden Club. The emphasis is on indigenous plantings that are drought resistant. The native perennial species were further selected for their beauty, bloom time, deer resistance, and support for pollinators. The garden provides an inviting and restful sport for visitors to sit with a cup of coffee or read the paper while enjoying the natural surroundings.
QWR and Garden Club members have worked collaboratively, planning this garden since its inception in 2003. The mature garden in summer is lush with Butterfly Bush, Beebalm, and Millwort, and attracts Monarch, Swallowtail and Cabbagewhite butterflies, birds, honeybees and human visitors alike.
A typical English cottage garden with gazebo and benches, this gathering spot near the post office is the setting for exhibitions, art shows, and concerts. The plantings provide splashes of color year round. Burning Bush, Ligularia, Hydrangea, Peony, Spirea and Fairy Rose are seasonal highlights.
Just beyond a magnificent old Holly tree, cheery flowerbeds are planted with varieties chosen for their color and deer resistance. Old favorites, the perennials Nepeta, Beebalm and Coreopsis, are interspersed with annuals. This garden was established by the Gates family.