August 30, 2022

A Day Trip to Landcraft Environments, Ltd.

As a serious and passionate gardener, whenever I have the time I always enjoy visiting nurseries in search of new and rare plants to add to my collection.

Last week, my friends Kevin Sharkey and Terre Blair accompanied me on a brief trip to Long Island to visit one of my favorite garden sources, Landcraft Environments, Ltd., a pre-eminent wholesaler of tropical, tender perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and uncommon annuals located in Mattituck on the North Fork. Landcraft Environments is owned by garden designers, Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith who have been in business together since 1982, initially specializing in landscape design. Realizing a tremendous need for unusual plant material, Dennis and Bill purchased the property in 1992 when it was just an overgrown potato and corn farm. Now, it features their beautifully restored 1840s farmhouse, a lovely four-acre public garden, and thousands of local and exotic plants from around the world - all encircled by 10 acres of rehabilitated meadows with mowed paths for viewing native plants and wildlife.

Enjoy the photos Kevin and I took - it was a beautiful summer day. Dennis and Bill also formed the Landcraft Garden Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, educating, and promoting gardening, horticulture, and the preservation of its natural environment. Follow Dennis and Bill on their Instagram pages @Landcraft_environments_ltd and @Landcraft_garden_foundation. And for information on where to get their plants, click on this highlighted link for a listing of garden centers.