ISSUE 72  |  The Gold Coast

Grandeur in the Hamptons: A Sprawling Estate Garden in Watermill

May 13, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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Landscape architect Quincy Hammond’s gardens owe their graciousness to her grandfathers’ genteel Southern flowers, grown in a family nursery in Georgia. 

On a Hamptons estate in Watermill near the shore of Long Island Sound, Hammond re-interpreted the English cottage vernacular to fill a grand space, installing a rose garden, high hornbeam hedges, a reflecting pool—and a Sissinghurst-worthy white border. For more of Hammond’s work, see Quincy Hammond.

 Photographs via Quincy Hammond Landscape Architect.

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Above: The walled rose garden, inspired by existing old roses, is laid out in a precise grid pattern. Tantalizing glimpses of the garden are visible through breaks in the hedges. Hammond was the lead designer on the project while working for Edmund Hollander Design.

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Above: Hedges of hornbeam grow alongside the driveway, hiding the house and garden from view until you arrive at the entry.

Above: Beds of roses are edged with—and defined by—low-clipped hedges.

Above: The beds in the vegetable garden echo the same design as the rose garden.

Above: A white garden, with perennial beds featuring lilies and phlox, sprawls with less formality.

 Above: A swimming pool on the other side of the hornbeam hedges is lined with rows of pruned sycamore trees.

Above: Surrounded on three sides by high hedges, a spa is completely private and accessible only from the house.

Above: A plan of the garden as seen from above shows the relationship of the swimming pool (bottom L) to the house (C) and the rose garden (top L).

For more grandeur in the Hamptons, see 5 Favorites: Tennis Courts So Beautiful You Won’t Care About the Score.