A pool in a field with a patio and chairs.
Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2024: Water Mill, NY

Water Mill, NY

Register now for exclusive access to three exceptional residential landscapes in the Hamptons designed by LaGuardia Design Group. The event begins at the firm’s elegant and spacious offices in Water Mill. Transportation and lunch will be provided and the tours will be led by firm principals Chris LaGuardia, Daniel Thorp, and Ian Hanbach. The three projects showcase the diversity of the firm’s design approaches and their attention to detail.

LaGuardia Design Group Office
LaGaurdia Design Group Office, Water Mill, NY - Photo Courtesy LaGuardia Design Group

Longview features a home and landscape on two acres of a former horse farm. The design palette balances rusticity and refinement and features a rich textural mix of plant materials that enhance the serenity of the overall environment, and deftly references the site's equestrian roots. Fescue meadows flourish around the property, and an expanse of shorter native grasses frame the house in a refined reference to the pasture that formerly occupied the site.

Pool with chairs and umbrellas.
Longview, Water Mill, NY - Photo by Anthony Crisafulli, 2024

LaGuardia Design skillfully edited and refined a tree-filled site in Bridgehampton on which James Merrell Architects updated an old cottage, expanding it to include a modern, flat-roofed addition. The “gardener’s garden” includes a raised bed vegetable garden and a wildflower meadow. The main entry courtyard boasts a 50-year-old Green Japanese Maple set in a bed of Asarum and surrounded by specimen Hinoki Cypress. A bluestone walkway passes between two, low stone walls and meanders through a courtyard.

Cottage Garden, Water Mill, NY - Photo by Eric Striffler, 2017

The 5.5-acre Dune Meadow residence sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Shinnecock Bay features a masterful restoration of two degraded ecosystems … and the result looks completely natural. A striking new residence replaced a 60-year-old home, a sequence of dunes was stabilized with native plantings (including 120,000 plants of American Beach Grass), and a tidal wetland between the house and the bay was restored. The project serves as a prototype for the natural progression and recovery of ecologically critical landscapes.

Chairs overlooking a meadow
Dune Meadow, Water Mill, NY - Photo by Michael Stavaridis, 2021

About LaGuardia Design Group 

LaGuardia Design Group is led by Chris and his partners Ian Hanbach, Daniel Thorp and Jane LaGuardia. The studio crafts sustainable, simple, enduring landscapes that support and integrate natural and built environments. Projects have been extensively published and awarded, notably by the American Society of Landscape Architects with the ASLA Award of Excellence in Residential Design.


2.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees, pending approval.


Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.