The Westhampton Garden Club provides hands-on upkeep and financial support to five public gardens in the community. From spring through autumn, WGC teams tend gardens at the Quogue Library and St. Mark’s Church. Funding goes to maintaining gardens on the village greens in Westhampton Beach and Quogue, and at 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.
A charming garden includes Variegated Miscanthus (ornamental grass), Rudbeckia, Astilbe, Montauk Daisy and Snapdragon. Sit awhile in the gazebo and enjoy your ice cream, bakery goodies or sandwich from local shops. The garden provides a glorious backdrop for community events, music and an annual art show.
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.