Welcome to the Madoo Conservancy, artist, writer gardener Robert Dash's enchanting 2 acre organic garden in the village of Sagaponack

Events & Classes


All lectures are in the winter House at 12 noon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

On Site: The Perfect Lawn & Compost Teas
Edwina von Gal

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Madoo Paints
Spring Painting Session with Eric Dever
Successive Saturdays through May 30

Monday, March 16, 2015

Frances Schultz with Chesie Breen, Mario Buatta, Madison Cox, Kendell Cronstrom, Christopher Gow, Janet Mavec, Marian McEvoy, Charlotte Moss, Deborah Nevins, and Anne Raver

Invite you to join
Alejandro Saralegui, Director, and the Board of the Madoo Conservancy, for

The second annual Robert Dash garden design lecture

Featuring special guest speaker
“A Landscape Architecture Rooted in Horticulture”
Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
564 Park Avenue, New York City

We are delighted to welcome Belgium-based landscape architect Peter Wirtz, CEO of Wirtz International, who will be speaking about the importance of horticultural knowledge in garden design. His day-to-day connection with plants and soil is a key source of inspiration and knowledge. According to Madison Cox’s much-lauded book, The Gardener’s Garden, “Wirtz’s use of clipped hedges to define spaces and focus views recalls great landscape designers such as André LeNôtre. It has become widely recognized as his trademark and is made more contemporary by being combined with perfectly proportioned mown lawns, reflective pools, gravel paths and borders full of massed plantings. Wirtz gardens are constant: they work as well in winter months as they do in summer.”

A cocktail reception will follow in the third-floor loggia.

Advance reservations are required.

Tickets $125 for Madoo members
$150 for non-members.

Dress Code
Jacket and tie for gentlemen. No jeans.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Madoo Talks: Marilee Foster
The evolving Sagaponack farming landscape

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Robert Dash: Theme and Variations
The Parrish Art Museum, Watermill
Through April 26

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Life Drawing in the Studio

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Madoo Talks: Lindsey Taylor:
The Gardener’s Garden

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Madoo Talks: Stephen Orr
The New American Herbal

Saturday, April 4, 2015

On site: Pruning Roses for Spring Growth
Catherine Warren, Broadview Gardens

Saturday, April 11, 2015

On Site: Trimming and Training Trees
Michael Gaines

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Mornings at Madoo
Storytelling with the Hampton Library
Alternate Monday mornings through the fall.
Please confirm with the Library at TKTK

by Alejandro Saralegui
Director, The Madoo Conservancy

Dear Friends,

Those of you on Instagram or Facebook have hopefully been following the exploits of our new Madoo tote with the hashtag #totes_madoo as I traveled about this fall in France, Morocco, Spain, and England asking Où est Madoo? Dónde está Madoo? Where is Madoo? Photographing the tote in the beautiful gardens I visited became my very own Where’s Waldo? challenge. By the way the tote is super chic and is a gift to members at the friend-level and above; or available for $20 at Madoo by contacting info@madoo.org.

We are in fact getting up to speed with the modern world; we’ve just installed garden-wide wifi for guests visiting Madoo (the password is BARNSLEY1—shhhhh). Not only will you be able to google that odd flower you’ve never seen before in the garden, but you’ll be able to post pictures instantaneously to your favored social media site and become our ambassador to the world.

At the writing of this letter we’re just $3,000 short of our $27,000 target for the rebuilding of the greenhouse at Madoo. I trust that as this newsletter reaches your mailbox we’ll have reached our goal, but do feel free to help us exceed it! Construction will commence on the new and improved greenhouse as soon as the weather cooperates. Automatic vents will cool it during the day and double-paned glass will keep it warm at night and on cloudy days. I’ll be starting seeds for the potager and the rest of the garden before long which gives me great hope this snowy February. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of our first capital campaign.

As you see the cold doesn’t slow us down. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our winter lectures here at Madoo and our special Madoo in Manhattan event featuring the noted Belgian landscape architect, Peter Wirtz. Many thanks to our friend Frances Schultz who secured the privet club venue for us. Close to home, a new neighbor down the street, Deborah Buck, had the wonderful idea of introducing live model drawing sessions at Madoo—no more need to go into town for the Art Students League! And a little later in the season Eric Dever will start up his Saturday morning painting classes on April 18.

When summer does finally reach our shores the garden will be in wonderful shape ready for the Much Ado About Madoo crowds on June 19 and 20 and the start of our pop-up children’s camp organized by Shine NYC (visit shinenyc.net for more information).

Stay green,
Alejandro Saralegui

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The rebuilding has begun, see our progress below.