Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

August 4, 2022 by Wilfred Joseph

Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

Landcraft Gardes - Wisteria hanging from pergola
Wisteria hanging from the pergola

Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

One of the lesser-known facts about the North Fork is that we have a certified bonafide botanical garden accessible to the public.  It is the Landcraft Gardens Foundation In Mattituck.  Located in the heart of Long Island wine country.  These gardens were the brainchild of two visionaries, Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith.  They purchased 17 acres of land in Mattituck and created a nonprofit organization, Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck.

Located in the heart of the North Fork’s wine region on Long Island’s East End, the Landcraft Gardens were established in 1992 by founders Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith.  They purchased 17 acres of land surrounding a circa 1840 farmhouse and donated the entire property to the Landcraft Garden Foundation, a nonprofit591(c)(3)corporation registered with the New York State.

Their vision was to create a garden with unusual and little-known plants while providing an environment for experimenting with exotic plant materials.  They wanted a uniquely American garden of exuberance and different styles of influence seamlessly blending to create a garden of diverse interests.  The garden would exemplify the synthesis of structure, color, distinctive plant material, and composition.

The property is located on a long strip of land.  It is nestled between the Long Island Sound, Mattituck Creek, and the Peconic Bay, which gives the site an unusually long growing season, perfect for the types of plants they want to cultivate.

The more extensive garden comprises several gardens, each with its distinctive border, some blending seamlessly with the natural landscape, some juxtaposing with unusual materials and plants. The garden has benches, low walls, and seats that encourage you to sit awhile while you become one with nature. There are winding walking paths that delight your eye.

 Ownership & Management of Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

Dennis and Bill will retain a lifetime tenancy of the residence which will pass to the Foundation through their estate.

  • Duration: Approximately 2 Hours, from 10 am -3:30 pm
  • When: Friday & Sundays only, to October 29, 2022
  • Where: Landcraft Gardens (Map)
  • Tickets: $20.00, Student/Senior: $17.00, Children Admission: under 12 years $5.00, under 2 years free, Members: Free

“Delightful conversations over delicious homecooked breakfast and fresh-brewed coffee, tips on off-the-beaten-path restaurants and sights, and a warm and historic “Captain’s” lodging made this too-short seaside vacation an unforgettable one.”