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Explore this public garden in the heart of the Hamptons! Blessed with rich soils left after the retreat of the glaciers over 10,000 years ago, you'll be amazed at the variety of native and nonnative plants growing throughout this 5-acre demonstration garden.
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This is the demonstration vegetable garden, which was established in 2009. It’s productive from March until November. Most of the food grown on display here is harvested every Monday for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry by staff and volunteers. We also occasionally use produce from this garden at garden-to-table events throughout the season. Many of the classes offered at Bridge Gardens teach people how to grow their own food, such as the vegetables you see here. Workshops also include topics like composting and soil health, as well as low-impact, organic practices. Depending on the time of year, major crops of the garden are spinach, lettuce, kale, bush beans, pole beans, snap peas, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant and more. Notice behind the vegetable garden a long informal hedge of raspberries. As you walk along the path between the vegetable garden and the raspberries, you’ll see a large bed with paw paw trees, black chokeberries, elderberries, winterberries, various native flowers and one central bald cypress. Paw paw trees are small trees native to Long Island that produce a harvestable and tasty fruit. Bald Cypress is native, too. It’s a deciduous conifer with ferny, grass-green needles that turn bronze in autumn before dropping off for winter. Nearby, in the beds behind the herb garden, notice plantings of blueberries, more elderberries and chokeberries, in addition to rhubarb, currants, blackberries and rugosa rose.