- Shivani Vora
Design and Art: LongHouse Reserve
LongHouse Reserve is one of the true gems in the Hamptons: located in East Hampton just ten minutes from The Roundtree, it’s a 16-acre sculpture garden featuring more than 60 pieces from renowned artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Willem de Kooning, Dale Chihuly, who has spectacular glass installations, and more.
The art is hard to beat, but the gardens are just as attractive with their diversity of flowers and plants. Peter’s Pond features water lilies, lotus plants and wildlife such as turtles and bullfrogs, and the grounds in general are replete with daffodils, flowering trees and conifers.
LongHouse was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, a famed textile designer who passed away last year at the age of 93. Larsen built his home on the grounds- a four-level building inspired by a Japanese shrine. He opened up his property to visitors and wanted them to experience the art and gardens in the best setting possible.
I highly recommend a visit- you can easily pass a relaxing morning or afternoon here savoring the art, scenery and serenity. For now, visits are by timed-ticket reservation only. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens; children are free. Book online.