1 On a weekend in the Hamptons, there is always so much to do, but I treated my friends to a visit to Longhouse, an extraordinary garden and museum.
2 Charlotte, Memrie and Billy had never visited this place and they were in for a treat!
3 After entering, you walk through a sand garden called Dunes, which is planted with specimens like spruce, cedar, and fir.
4 A picea orientalis 'Skylands' or Oriental spruce
5 Architecture, sculpure, trees, shrubs, and plants all co-exist in extraordinary harmony at LongHouse. These bronze pieces are called Three Graces - 1990 - Tkoshiko Takaezu
6 A weeping spruce
7 A subtle melding of color and texture abounds.
8 The Gateway Bell - 2003 - Toshiko Takaezu - to summon visitors
9 All the plantings seem to thrive in this sandy soil.
10 Looking through birch and linden, one catches a glimpse of a deep blue Dale Chihuly glass sculpture.
11 A George Rickey stainless steel sculpture called Four L's Excentric II, moves in the wind.
12 Jack Lenor Larsen built this house in 1986, finding inspiration in 7th century Shinto shrine at Ise in Japan, working with architect Charles Forberg.
13 There is even a shop for visitors to experience the extremely excellent taste of Larsen.
14 Some of the products offered are America's best crafts, like these modern interpretations of Chinese garden stools by Chicago artist Michael Jones.
15 This is the main entrance to LongHouse - very Japanese, indeed!
16 Graveled gardens set off bold designs.
17 Billy Beadleston, Charlotte Beers, Peter Olson (Jack's partner), and Memrie Lewis
18 Inside the house, everything is displayed amidst plants and flowers.
19 Jack has collected an amazing assortment of arts and crafts displayed on tables, in cases, on shelves, and on walls. There are hundreds of wonderful things to look at!
20 Japanese baskets on a Chinese table
21 Two Chinese chairs painted a drab color - very nice
22 A Danish glass blower recently created these two amazing globes for Jack's birthday.
23 Peter's Pond in full bloom directly in view of the Pavillion where we had drinks
24 A closer view of the Dale Chihuly 'sticks'
25 We went for a golf cart tour of the gardens. This hornbeam hedge nicely trimmed.
26 Fly's Eye Dome - 1998 - designed by Buckminster Fuller - fiberglass
27 A garden shed painted red for landscape interest
28 A twig bench of giant magnitude
29 Touring the Amphitheater - Stacks - 1994-2000 - Peter Voulkos - various dimensions - These look like clay stoves, but are actually cast in bronze.
30 Chinese Contemporary Warriors, a 2005 work by Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun - 25 identical bronze figures smiling maniacally as they cover their ears and squint their eyes
31 A closer look
32 A vast lawn and an evergreen shade garden inspired by Dan Hinckley - Untitled (Round forms) - 1985 - Grace Knowlton - steel, wire, Styrofoam, concrete
33 A better view of the round forms - We took a golf car tour right before sunset and with no other visitors, we had the entire park and Jack and Peter to ourselves!
34 A view back to the house - Every vista is different, yet interesting. Every way one looks there is something wonderful to see.
35 The Red Garden, which is flooded with red azaleas in the spring
36 Irregular Progression #7 the last Sol Lewitt cement sculpture towering in the garden
37 It looks like a small skyscraper city.
38 Black Mirror - a black pond with a cross hole in the center down which the water falls - eerie and fascinating - the water is dyed black!
39 The X - Ronald Bladen - 1965 - Edition 2/3 - Painted aluminum
40 A sculpture by Claus Bury called Bridge Summer - 1983 - cypress wood, Corten steel
41 Approaching the pyramid gardens
42 A monkey puzzle tree near the pyramids - Did you know there are three and four sided pyramids? These have three.
43 This fabricated pyramid will soon be covered with bottle gourd vines.
44 This is Kreye Canyon with Asperagi n. d. - Jim Owen - coiled stoneware with fiberglass.
45 Peggy's Path - "wood henge?" erected from some oak trees that died recently
46 A fabulous sculpture on a stone base - Tumbling Woman - 2002 - Eric Fischl - Bronze, cast
47 A tropical garden recently installed by Dennis Shrader of Landcraft Environmentals
48 These fastigiate hornbeams are shaped like giant eggs on sticks.
49 Another beautiful sculture - Fuyu - 2008 - Izumi Masatoshi - Swedish granite
50 Another entrance to LongHouse is surrounded by herb gardens.
51 Cobblestones set on edge
52 Another great statue - Standing Woman - 1932 - Gaston Lachaise - bronze
53 Back at the house - Jack's passion for textiles is evident throughout.
54 A metal and paper hanging
55 I loved this textile woven of metal.
56 Some early examples of Dale Chihuly's work
57 This monumental trio of bowls was my favorite thing in the house - 1980 Chihuly.
58 This pouch is woven entirely from shredded one hundred dollar bills!
59 Interesting baskets
60 This chair is covered in one of Jack's fabrics.
61 I tried out the chair, which was so comfy. That's Jack behind me.
62 Charlotte thought it was very comfortable, also.
63 The kitchen gets a lot of good use.
64 The kitchen counter was laden with vegetables and ripening fruits.
65 A vase with a lotus leaf, bud, flower, and seed pod
66 The lotus flower looks unreal.
67 The seed pod
68 The leaf - See why I must have a lotus pond?
69 Still life with figs
70 Still life with champagne grapes
71 Still life of glass
72 Still life with salt cellar of pink salt
73 Still life of smoked Nova Scotia salmon with dill and lemons
74 Still life of crusty bread
75 Departing a wonderful visit and a magical evening