Sunday, November 25, 2012

Marders Open House

This weekend was the Holiday Open House at Marders in Bridgehampton. In the summer time Marders is well known for their beautiful specimen plant materials and landscaping services, but around the holidays their Garden Shop becomes a destination for gift shoppers who admire the selection of unique and beautiful wares. 
The open house included refreshments, live music and a speakers from both the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. When I arrived Nick Marzano was holding a hawk that the Wildlife Center had rescued and telling its story.
I missed the honeybee talk, but fresh local honey was available for sale.
The refreshments were delicious.
The many gift ideas were displayed in tempting arrangements.
Poinsettias and Amaryllis
There are practical items available too!
Each year they pick a theme for the tree decor. This year the trees were accompanied by a wood nymph. This one had a beautiful floral train.

 These tree nymphs had beautiful head pieces with antlers.
More beautiful things.
Marders also creates lovely arrangements using silk and dried flowers.

The faux flowers have come in handy for still life arrangements when I haven't had much painting time. I used one of Marders arrangements in this still life. The flowers looked great to paint the entire time. The lemons on the other hand....
Still life by Gail Gallagher
There was a good crowd there on Saturday. The music was great too. The shoppers were serenaded by a trio playing up in the rafters.
Insect ornaments
 Blue and White
Marders' web site mentions that they are having a make your own Holiday wreath workshop next weekend. Give them a call to find out more: 631-537-3700 Marders is located at 120 Snake Hollow Road (north of the Bridgehampton Commons). 

Also don't forget to check out the Silas Marder Gallery while you are there.
Silas Marder Gallery

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