Charles Savage is the man of the hour at the upcoming Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons Garden Fair — but he’s not entirely sure why.
“Charles volunteers for the HAH library every week and is a passionate advocate for our collection of books and other printed materials — the tangible, not the digital,” according to Alicia Whitaker, president of the Horticultural Alliance. “His dry wit and keen sense of the ridiculous are notable. He is still scratching his head about why we want to honor him, but without his commitment and generosity of spirit, the HAH would be a lesser organization.”
An East Hampton resident, Savage is an author and retired architectural historian, formerly on the board of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. His steadfast involvement with the HAH since 1995 makes him the honored guest at this year’s 33rdannual event, kicking off on Friday, May 17, with a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House and grounds.
With first dibs on rare and unusual plants, the garden party is likely the only event in the Hamptons where guests can sip rosé while filling red wagons with flora — a curated selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, small trees and succulents.
The sale continues on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring carefully chosen plants from respected local East End wholesale growers, and even plants dug from the personal gardens of HAH members.
Preview party tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, and admission to the plant sale is free. All proceeds will support year-round educational programs and lectures, as well as an extensive horticultural library, open to the public.
For more information, visit hahgarden.org.