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Grandeur in the Hamptons: A Sprawling Estate, Sunken Rose Garden Included

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Grandeur in the Hamptons: A Sprawling Estate, Sunken Rose Garden Included

April 10, 2017

Landscape architect Quincy Hammond’s gardens owe their graciousness to her grandfather’s genteel Southern flowers, grown in a family nursery in Georgia where she worked during the summers before graduating from college.

Landing a job after school working for Manhattan-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander, she worked with a client for more than a year to re-imagine the landscape of a 6.9-acre Hamptons estate in Water Mill, New York. After the client asked for a garden with “no curves,” Hammond re-interpreted the English cottage vernacular to fill a grand space, installing a sunken rose garden, high hornbeam hedges, a reflecting pool and a Sissinghurst-worthy white border.

The estate, surrounded on three sides by farmland (owned by the same families for more than 300 years) and on the fourth by wetlands and Mecox Bay, is currently for sale for $39 million. To make an offer, see Corcoran.

Photography courtesy of Quincy Hammond Landscape Architect.

Bird’s-Eye View

The walled rose garden, inspired by existing old roses, is laid out in a precise grid pattern. Dogwood trees (at R) soften the geometry of the sunken rose garden.
Above: The walled rose garden, inspired by existing old roses, is laid out in a precise grid pattern. Dogwood trees (at R) soften the geometry of the sunken rose garden.

Tantalizing glimpses of other “rooms” in the the garden are visible through breaks in the hedges. Hammond was the lead designer on the project while working for Edmund Hollander Design.

Curb Appeal

Hornbeams line driveway at entrance to Watermill, NY garden designer Quincy Hammond

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

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Above: “The lower canopy of the hornbeams is elevated to expose the trunks and create a visual separation from the English ivy ground cover,” says Hammond.

Sunken Rose Garden

Sunken rose garden boxwood hedges Watermill NY garden Quincy Hammond

Above: A sunken rose garden has symmetrical planting beds defined by low boxwood hedges.

Walled rose garden Watermill NY Quincy Hammond

Above: Dogwood trees (at R) soften the geometry of the sunken rose garden.

ivy walls gravel paths watermill-ny-walled-garden designer quincy hammond

Above: Ivy cloaks stone walls  to create a serene backdrop to gravel paths.

Stairway gravel paths hedges Watermill NY garden Quincy Hammond

Above: A stairway connects the rose garden to a perennials border.

White Garden

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

Hedges Watermill NY Garden designer Quincy Hammond

Above: “Hedges define each space, allowing every garden room to possess a distinct character,” notes Hammond.

Boxwood hedges Watermill NY garden by Quincy Hammond

Above: The hedge effect. A green backdrop throws all the other colors and textures into high relief.

White garden Watermill NY Quincy Hammond

Above: “Borrowed views” make the garden feel larger than it is, says Hammond.

Edible Garden


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

Swimming Pool

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

Watermill NY garden swimming pool by Quincy Hammmond

Above: Farmland in the distance is a reminder of eastern Long Island’s agricultural history.

Spa

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

Site Plan

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.

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