Support the Springs School Greenhouse

On June 28 honor master gardener Eileen Roaman at an art auction to support a school gardening program.

Hailey London with little gardeners at the Springs School.

Hailey London with little gardeners at the Springs School.

For our 2015 low summer issue, writer Kelly Ann Smith visited the greenhouse at Spring School to see what was going on. The building will be dedicated with a fundraiser on June 28.

Eileen Roaman, a master gardener and Springs resident who helped get the Springs Seedling program off the ground seven years ago, passed away at the age of 54 in 2013. The Seedlings are honoring her passion and commitment to them by dedicating the greenhouse in her name. Her friends artist April Gornik and landscape architect Edwina von Gal, who designed the 60- by 80-square-foot garden, are serving as art committee chairs and have gathered an art collection to rival any gallery, exhibited at Little Estia’s Kitchen in Sag Harbor.

“Eileen was very literally a ‘ground-up’ kind of person, who understood how important it is to introduce children to healthy, organic food and how to enjoy it thoroughly, as she did,” says Gornik.

Artwork by Gornik and her husband, Eric Fischl, Cindy Sherman, Dan Rizzie, Mary Ellen Bartley and more will be auctioned off during the inaugural “Eileen’s Angels” Art Auction and Garden Party on Sunday, June 28, in the garden at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor. For more information, go to More details here.

photo by Randee Daddona




Kelly Ann Smith lives in East Hampton between Gardiner's Bay and Accabonac Harbor. She's been writing about the East End since 1995. Her weekly column, "A View from Bonac," can be found in the East Hampton Press.