Upcoming Events

Raptors (And a Groundhog!) in the Garden

With Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am – 12 noon

Cost of Admission. Children are FREE.

Meet four rehabilitated raptors – and one groundhog – up close and personal! The birds of prey will include one or more species of owl, hawk, vulture and/or falcon. Learn how each bird had been injured & rehabilitated by the Rescue Center to become a wildlife ambassador to help humans learn how raptors live in the wild and how to coexist with them. You’ll also meet education animal Allen McButterpants, a groundhog who is very popular with children!

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is Eastern Long Island’s ONLY Wildlife Hospital, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the rescue, medical rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife on the East End of Long Island. The Center opened its doors in 2000. The Wildlife Rescue Center receives over 10,000 calls each year for information or assistance with wild animal encounters. They are open 365 days a year and are available on call 24 hours a day.

AGE: For Adults and Children of All Ages

WEATHER: Fair weather, only. Rain date to be announced.

SPECIAL NOTES: Some seating provided. Please dress appropriately for events and workshops held outdoors: comfortable shoes and socks, wide brimmed hats, sunscreen, insect repellant and water are recommended. To be a source of healthy insects for our birds and other insect-feeding wildlife, we do not spray the gardens to manage ticks. Please take appropriate caution.

REGISTRATION: Not required.

Book Signing in the Ruins, Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Grave: Epitaphs to Die For

w/ Anthony Martignetti (author, restaurateur, bar owner and designer) and Old Sound Wines

Saturday, June 29, 1 pm- 3 pm

FREE with cost of Admission

Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Grave: Epitaphs to Die For (Rizzoli) celebrates life in its humorous and often satirical confrontation of death. Conceived, written and drawn by restaurateur, bar owner, and designer, Anthony Martignetti, these tongue-in-cheek illustrated tombstones were first shared with friends who needed a laugh, bringing some (albeit dark) humor to their days when they were otherwise going through tough times. More than one hundred of these off-kilter meditations on life and death are now collected in this book. Handwritten epitaphs such as “Waiting to inhale” and “There are fifty better ways to leave your lover” will have readers chuckling and prompt reflection on the absurdity of this fleeting and precious thing we call life.

Join us for a book signing with Anthony Martignetti in Landcraft’s Ruins, to celebrate the release of Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Grave: Epitaphs to Die For (Rizzoli). Meet the author and his wife, Angela, as they also share the first vintage of their locally-grown wine from Old Sound Vineyard.

Anthony Martignetti is a New York City restaurateur, bar owner, and designer—currently with Melody’s Piano Bar and The East Pole restaurant on the Upper East Side, and The Palace nightclub in Tribeca. He is renovating a 200-year-old historic haunted grist mill, called The Old Mill on the North Fork of Long Island, which is famous for being the secret weekend getaway for lovers Carol Lombard and Clark Gable in the 1930s. Anthony is also a vintner and the founder of Old Sound Vineyard, also on the North Fork of Long Island. He has been drawing cartoons most of his adult life to entertain his friends and family. With New York locked down and his restaurants closed, he had the opportunity to spend much more time drawing, and in 2020 had his first cartoons published both in the New Yorker and Airmail. Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Grave is his first book.

Old Sound Vineyard is on the south side of an old farm road, just outside the village of Mattituck, on a gently sloping field hidden in plain sight behind an ancient oak tree. Once a farm, and still home to a barn that was the village blacksmith shop, Old Sound Vineyard is where Anthony Martignetti and Angela Ledgerwood live, where they host their friends and family, and where they grow their grapes. Old Sound wines are an expression of this place, the season, and the people who help farm the grapes and make the wine. They grow Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes on their property and in May 2024 they planted Gamay and Alberinõ in their back fields. They’ll be sharing a selection from their 2022 vintage that includes Pet Nat, foot-stomped (skin-contact) Chardonnay, a carbonic chillable Merlot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

AGE: Adult Audiences

WEATHER: Rain or Shine

SPECIAL NOTES: Books will be available for purchase.

To be a source of healthy insects for our birds and other insect-feeding wildlife, we do not spray the gardens to manage ticks. Please take appropriate caution.

REGISTRATION: Not required

Garden Conservancy Open Day

Saturday, July 13, 10 am – 4 pm

Registration is online

$10 Non-members // $5 Garden Conservancy Members

All ticket sales support The Garden Conservancy

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Fueling America’s passion for gardens, The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program annually celebrates the country’s most exciting, creative, and innovative private gardens. Through this program and in partnership with garden owners, gardeners, communities, horticulturists, garden designers, and historians, The Garden Conservancy works to preserve outstanding gardens across America, often historic or under threat.  The Landcraft Garden Foundation is proud to be a supporting garden in their mission to educate, inspire and preserve America’s Garden Heritage.

Saturday, July 13, Doors Open at 4 pm

Concert Begins: 5:00 pm

$90 per person; $75 Friends of Rites of Spring

Rain date is scheduled for July 14th at 5:00pm

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Medieval French Songs of Fate, Fortune & Fin’ amor

Music by Guillelme de Machaut and a selection of troubadour and trouvère songs featuring Concordian Dawn Medieval Ensemble: Amber Evans, soprano and percussion; Clifton Massey, countertenor; Niccolo Seligmann, vielle and percussion; Christopher Preston Thompson, director, tenor and medieval harp.

This redaction of Machaut’s Le Remede de Fortune begins within a 14th-century French court.  Typical of the French Romance genre, a main character retreats to a vegetation-filled garden to isolate himself from everyone else. A personified Esperance visits him while in this garden. Then the hero returns to court. The lyrical narrative and themes of the French Romance are only fitting to a garden such as the Landcraft Garden. The main illuminated manuscript that transmits the piece is full of the same gorgeous garden images that make LGF.

We invite the audience to arrive at 4:00pm to visit the garden and enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape. The concert is at 5:00pm outdoors on the main lawn of the Landcraft Garden. Lawn chairs will be available.  It is highly recommended to bring a hat to cover yourself from the sun while waiting for sunset.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

A tasting menu presented by the chef Martine Abitbol with several bite-sized dishes will be served immediately after the concert. The tasting menu is inspired by the Medieval Culinary degustation with a focus to the flavors of the earth and culinary art.

​Music Program

Repertoire, all from medieval French manuscripts, including Trouvère songs (13th century), Medieval instrumental dances (13th century), and
Ars antiqua polyphonic motets (13th century)

Le Remède de Fortune by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-77)
Lay, “Qui n’aroit autre deport”
Complainte, “Tels rit au main qui au soir pleure”
Chant Royale, “Joye, plaisance, et douce nourreture”
Balladelle, “En amer a douce vie”
Ballade, “Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient”
Virelai, “Dame, a vous sans retollir”
Rondelet, “Dame, mon cuer en vous remaint”

Poetry in the Garden

w/ Poets Jill Bialosky, Kimiko Hahn, Anne Marie Macari

Saturday, July 20th, Doors open at 5 pm

Readings begin at 6 pm

$50 Non-Member // $45 Member

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The spoken word is one of the earliest forms of human art. Alone, without theatrics, it can be so many things. Sometimes it is direct, powerful, punctuated; sometimes it is veiled, coy, or sublime.  It can uplift, refresh and invigorate; or it can humble, crush and condemn.  When crafted by a poet, the nuances of language and its delivery can expose truths hard to express otherwise that are fundamental to the human experience. Join us and feel the power of nature and poetry while celebrating the gift of three guest poets, each reciting poems in the Garden at Landcraft. Additional poetry will be hung in the Garden’s Rondels for a limited-time meditative experience of language in a symbolic setting. Light refreshments to be served prior to reading. 

Jill Bialosky‘s newest volume of poetry, Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry, three critically acclaimed novels, including The Prize and most recently The Deceptions, and a two memoirs, Poetry Will Save Your Life and New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, O Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of eleven collections, including the forthcoming The Ghost Forest: New and Selected Poems. Her most recent honor is the Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement from The Poetry Foundation. In 2022 Hahn was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York. In her service to the field, she enjoys promoting chapbooks and created a chapbook archive in the college library.

Anne Marie Macari is the author of five books of poems, most recently Red Deer (Persea, 2015) and Heaven Beneath (Persea, 2020). Her book Ivory Cradle was chosen by Robert Creeley for the APR/Honickman first book prize and she is the recipient of other honors including the James Dickey Prize from Five Points Magazine. Macari founded and directed the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her essays and poems have appeared widely in magazines, including The American Poetry Review and The Iowa Review.

This experience is made possible by generous contributions from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and Meadowlark North Fork.

AGE: For Adult Audiences

WEATHER: Rain or Shine.

SPECIAL NOTES: Dress appropriately for the weather. To be a source of healthy insects for our birds and other insect-feeding wildlife, we do not spray the gardens to manage ticks. Please take appropriate caution.

REGISTRATION: Required. Buy Now. Limited seating