Madoo is proud to host a variety of distinguished professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, horticulture and design, as well as visual art, music and literature, through our lectures. Our annual winter lecture series provides an opportunity for members of the community to learn, gain inspiration, and connect through engaging dialogues with our esteemed panelists. Madoo in Manhattan, the annual Robert Dash Garden Design lecture, supports our educational programming and preservation of the magical gardens at Madoo. Be sure to visit our events page for information about Madoo in Manhattan!
Join us for our 6th annual holiday fair!
A select group of vendors Including Gretchen Comly Design, Ergun Khorchin New York, Arthur Golabek Flowers, Abigail Vogel, Sag Harbor Florist, and Susan Nieland Jewelry with great holiday gifts will be here again. You can choose from Madoo-made gifts such as clove-studded Lady Apple pomanders, fresh-cut greens from the garden, and top-size (Madoo-grown) paper whites. From our Madoo shop, we’ll also have Sneeboer garden tools, Madoo pottery and other enticing garden gifts. Our popular off-price white elephant gift table includes brand-new garden and design books, designer candles, and home accessories.
Creative wreath making with Anastasia Casale, founder of Sag Harbor Florist, will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
We’ll have roasted chestnuts and marshmallows in the Templum Barbequem fire pit and there is hot cider and vin chaud on hand to ward off the chill.
Photo by Durell Godfrey
At 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of January, February, March and April, join us for our new, FREE winter walks in the garden. Explore Madoo as the snowdrops and hellebores and crocuses start to open and herald the spring that will inevitably arrive. Wear snow boots!
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Madoo: A History in Photographs, Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden—an exhibition of photographs, published book and magazine features, and artwork from the archives of Madoo’s founder Robert Dash, including seven pictures Dash produced directly from his garden. The exhibition is curated by Southampton-based landscape architect Perry Guillot, who lived at Madoo during the summer from 1987-1994. As Guillot describes, “the photographs show the evolution of Madoo from a remote extension of the adjacent farm fields into the ever-evolving joyful mashup of planting combinations that only Bob could explain.”
A collection of photographs ranging from 1970 through 2018, by Robert Dash, Hans Namuth, Mick Hales, Derek Fell, Rameshwar Das, among others, reveal the notion of Madoo as gesamkunstwerk—one complete artwork that brings together Dash’s life’s work in painting, gardening, and poetry—as well as his inner circle of artist and writer friends. Early gestural botanical studies, on public view for the first time, anticipate later more abstract works such as the florilegium series, exhibited in 2017. Dash’s Fire Screen, a double-sided garden-inspired painting on an actual fire screen from the house, demonstrates a further link between the house itself and the gardens, as well as the circular nature of the piece as it later became an integral part of defining the interiors at Madoo.
The exhibition will be open for a special THAW Fest preview on March 23 from noon to 4 p.m., by appointment, and then will be on view during Madoo’s public visiting hours beginning May 11 through August 3. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
We invite you to join Alejandro Saralegui, Director, and the Board of the Madoo Conservancy for the Sixth Annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture, featuring guest speaker Enzo Enea, on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66th Street, New York, New York. A reception will follow.
We are honored to welcome Enzo Enea, Swiss landscape architect and one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors. Enea received numerous gold and silver awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich and in 1998 a significant certificate of merit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. A hallmark of Enzo Enea’s projects is the fusion of outdoor and indoor spaces. In 2010, one of Enea’s most noteworthy projects, the Tree Museum, officially opened its gates to the public. Situated on breathtaking land near Upper Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, the Tree Museum exhibits individual trees from the collection of Enzo Enea as well contemporary sculpture, combining landscape, botany, art, architecture, and design.
Advance reservations are required. Dress code: Jacket and tie for gentlemen. No jeans.
Special thanks to our sponsors: New York Cottages & Gardens, LAFCO New York, Whitmores, Arthur Golabek Flowers, Ladurée, and the Greenwich Hotel.
Image: Private Garden in Germany © Enea Landscape Architecture
The Madoo Conservancy is proud to partner with Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons to present Luke Louchheim’s ARFitecture doghouse project which will be auctioned at the Bow Wow Meow Ball on August 17 at ARF Hamptons.
The doghouses are created by leading lights of the East End design world. Fashion designer Donna Karan and her daughter Gabby Karan de Felice, interior designer Steven Gambrel, and theater and visual artist Robert Wilson have each designed a doghouse. Donna and Gabby worked with Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture DPC and Men at Work Construction, Steven Gambrel worked with New Day Woodwork and Lido Stone Works, while Robert Wilson worked with Blaze Makoid Architecture and Artisan Construction Associates. The structures are dog-sized, inhabitable shelters that each reflect the aesthetic and vision of their designer while being functional and durable for indoor or outdoor use.
The structures are currently offered for auction for the benefit of ARF Hamptons this year on the online auction site, Paddle8.com, through Friday, August 16. Tickets to the ARF benefit can be purchased at arfhamptons.org.
The exhibiton is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 P.M.
Photograph by Tria Giovan.
Doghouse by Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice with Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture DPC and Men at Work Construction.
Special thanks to Amagansett Building Materials/Florence Building Materials.
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Fields and Fences: Paintings 1998-99, a selection of paintings by Robert Dash. The exhibition will be on view from August 9 through October 12, 2019, and is free and open to the public.
“The field was tended and cherished like any object of vertu. Unlike porcelain, however, whose pieces may be glued, the field is valueless and irreclaimable, the light of centuries of harvest snuffed.” —Robert Dash, Notes from Madoo
The paintings from the series Fields and Fences are indebted to Robert Dash’s well-known paintings from the 1960s and 70s of a now all but vanished Sagaponack landscape. The pastoral expanse pushing past fences trying in vain to divide and contain it, as seen in this 1998-99 series, is also present in one of Dash’s paintings from nearly 40 years prior. This prefiguring work, Untitled, 1961, is included in the exhibition. By the late 80s, Dash’s fields have moved beyond representation and are made not of earth but of paint. Vibrant orange and yellow, pink and red, laid down with brushstrokes alternately fluid and harsh, pushing past the now ambiguous forms (fence or phallus) carefully scrawled in dark gestural lines of charcoal. While they retain elements of their precursors and anticipate their successors, these works mark a definitive departure into the world of expressionism and abstraction.
Image: Robert Dash, Untitled (Fields and Furrows I), 1998/99, oil on linen, 60 x 45 in
Join us at our annual thank you to Madoo’s generous members and donors on Saturday, October 19 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset glass of wine in the garden, see the Parrish Road Show Laurie Lambrecht exhibition in the garden and our current Robert Dash exhibition, Fields and Fences: Paintings 1998-99. We’ll also have a selection of our gifts and books for pre-order at Merry Madoo. FREE for members! $40 for not-yet-members. If you’re not a member or would like to renew your membership, click here!
Special thanks to Wölffer Estate Vineyards.
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to participate in this year’s Parrish Road Show, the Parrish Art Museum’s off-site cultural engagement program, with an exhibition by Bridgehampton artist Laurie Lambrecht. The exhibition will be on view at Madoo from October 5 through November 3, 2019, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 5, 3-5:00 p.m., during which time visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist and explore the installation throughout the grounds of Madoo. This exhibition is free and open to the public during the opening reception and during Madoo’s open hours, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
The site-specific installation, Laurie Lambrecht: Limn to Limb, celebrates the legacy of Robert Dash’s gardens by responding to Madoo’s environment and brightly-painted structural details with interventions that include photography, printmaking, weaving, and knitting. Limn to Limb comprises three elements: large-scale prints of tree bark, hand-knitted covers for stones, weavings with photo printed fabric, and the use of hand-dyed twine and burlap as a decorative, contrasting element on the grounds.
Laurie Lambrecht, a native of Bridgehampton who works in photography and fiber, has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and her photographs are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, D.C., and the Parrish Art Museum, among others. In the early 1990’s, Lambrecht photographed Roy Lichtenstein and his process. Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio, the monograph of her project, was published by Monacelli Press in 2011. She has worked with theater artist Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center since 1993, and from 2012–2014 Lambrecht photographed a documentary project for the Rauschenberg Foundation (Florida). She was recently a fellow at artist residencies there and at the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center.
Read more about the Parrish Road Show here.
Image: Laurie Lambrecht (American, born 1955), Work in progress for Parrish Road Show. Image courtesy the artist.
Join us in the summer studio for an enlightening talk by Italian writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti. He’ll discuss his world-famous garden, Rohuna, set on a stony hillside high above the Atlantic ocean south of Tangier that is the subject of his latest book, Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco, with stunning photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo. Pasti’s passion for the wild flora of Tangier and its surrounding region led him to create Rohuna, where he has transplanted thousands of plants rescued from Moroccan construction sites. Reception to follow in the red living room.
Pre-order Eden Revisited here.
Roasted chestnuts and marshmallows in the templum barbequeum, caroling, wreath-making, a few of our favorite vendors and, of course, Madoo-grown paperwhites make for the best holiday fair in the Hamptons!
Join us in the summer studio for a talk with internationally acclaimed photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna, who captured Madoo for both Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and The World of Interiors. His new book, A Wandering Eye: Travels with My Phone, documents his travels around the world, showing beauty from the mundane to the most extravagant, from a perfect rose to the dizzying tilework of Casa da Pilatos in Seville, Spain. A perfect gift for the armchair traveler! Reception to follow in the red living room.
Join us on Saturday, November 30th for the opening reception of SongLines, a selection of paintings by Marina Adams. Referring to her recent exhibition at Salon94 in New York City, Barry Schabsky writes in ArtForum: “…the artist uses complementary contrasts to push deepcolors toward paradoxically shadowy brilliance. Color is just about everything in Adams’s
work, and everything seems animated, in movement. The energy impelling this motion is never agitated or frantic but rather feels steady, relaxed, and spontaneously responsive.”
The exhibition will be on view in the summer studio on view Fridays and Saturdays, November 30 to December 28, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Marina Adams, SongLines 19, 2019, 24 x 20 in. (61 x 51 cm.) Acrylic on linen. Image courtesy of the Artist.
Innisfree: Art, Science & Inspiration
Kate Kerin is the Landscape Curator at Innisfree Garden, the powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design in Millbrook, New York, where sweeping landscapes merge the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles, resulting is a distinctly American stroll garden. Kerin is also currently the Director of Recruitment of Open Days for the Garden Conservancy. Her deep belief in the transformative power of landscape is demonstrated through her professional life, including projects such as the Wallace Visitor Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park: Dutchess Golf & Country Club, Poughkeepsie; and numerous historic estates.
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to announce our forthcoming exhibition, Robert Dash: Printmaker, will be open to preview during the third annual THAW FEST, on Saturday March 7, 2020, with a talk by master printmaker Dan Welden at 11:00 a.m. The exhibition will then be on view in the summer studio at Madoo by appointment only through May 15th, and then open to the public during regular open hours, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m., through July 18, 2020.
In 1967, Robert Dash relocated permanently to Sagaponack to the home he christened MADOO where he devoted himself to painting, poetry and gardening. The prints in this exhibition are a continuation of his quintessential paintings of the Sagaponack landscape from the 1970s – 80s. Employing a variety of techniques including lithography, serigraphy, and pochoir, they reveal the reciprocal relationship between painting and printmaking in his work, wherein paintings begot prints whose compositions were employed in later paintings. In the “Garden” series from 1972, a collaboration with his close friend, Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Schuyler, earlier paintings became maquettes for lithographs paired with lines selected from Schuyler’s diary.
THAW FEST is a Hamptons-wide arts festival organized by fellow Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) organizations to celebrate the start of spring and promote the broadly diverse range of cultural programs that make the South Fork of Long Island unique. To see further THAW FEST programming, please visit hamptonsartsnetwork.org.
Join us in the summer studio at Madoo for an engaging dialogue with Dan Welden, master printmaker, and enjoy a special THAW FEST preview of the the exhibition Robert Dash: Printmaker. Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, NY. He is a pioneer of the alternative health and safety movement in printmaking and co-authored the book “Printmaking in the Sun.” He has worked with numerous artists including Willem de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Roy Nicholson and Dan Flavin. Welden collaborated with Robert Dash on several of the editions included in the exhibition.
Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
Louis Bauer, Senior Director of Horticulture, Wave Hill
Overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades, Wave Hill explores human connections to the natural world and celebrates the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes. Bauer will discuss Nature into Art, the new book about Wave Hill by Thomas Christopher with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo. In his previous position at Greenwood Gardens, Bauer oversaw the landscape aspects of the recent restoration, while revitalizing other garden features of that century-old garden.
With an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone our March 15th winter lecture. We will reschedule to later this spring.
Wethersfield: A Renaissance Garden in the Hudson Valley
Toshi Yano, Director of Horticulture at Wethersfield
Situated in Amenia, New York, Wethersfield is a 10-acre public garden nestled within a 1,000-acre estate, first established in 1937 by philanthropist Chauncey Devereaux Stillman. In 2019, following stints at Stonecrop Gardens and a private estate in Westchester County, Toshi Yano arrived at Wethersfield to update and maintain the Renaissance-style gardens.
With an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone Madoo in Manhattan. We will reschedule the lecture with Stephen Scanniello to later this spring.
The Madoo Conservancy is honored to present Stephen Scanniello: The Rose Whisperer for the seventh annual Madoo in Manhattan Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture. The event will take place at a private club in Manhattan with a reception to follow.
Pre-eminent rosarian, author, lecturer, and gardener Stephen Scanniello is presently the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator for the New York Botanical Garden and rosarian for Elizabeth Park, the nation’s oldest public rose garden located in West Hartford, CT. He is a judge for the rose trials of Bagatelle in Paris since 1986 and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Stephen has worked tirelessly throughout his career to preserve heritage roses and in 2009 created the Heritage Rose District of New York City ― a volunteer project that promotes heritage roses and gardening with the children of Harlem. Stephen’s serious approach to determining best practices in rose care has been recognized by numerous honors and awards including the Great Rosarian of the World Award in 2009, the 2013 Jane Righter Rose Medal from the Garden Club of America, of which he was made a lifetime member, and the American Horticultural Society’s Annual Book Award in 1998 for his book “A Year of Roses.” He has authored and co-authored five books on roses. Stephen Scanniello lives for roses and describes each one as if he were describing a quirky, adored relative. Stephen was honored alongside Julie Andrews by the New York Botanical Garden in 2015, and by Bette Midler and her New York Restoration Project in 2019 for his ongoing work in rose preservation and education.
With an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone Madoo in Manhattan. We will reschedule the lecture with Stephen Scanniello to later this spring. Pre-eminent rosarian, author, lecturer, and gardener Stephen Scanniello is presently the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator for the New York Botanical Garden and rosarian for Elizabeth Park, the nation’s oldest public rose garden. He is a judge for the rose trials of Bagatelle in Paris since 1986 and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Stephen has been recognized by numerous honors including the Great Rosarian of the World Award in 2009, the 2013 Jane Righter Rose Medal from the Garden Club of America, of which he was made a lifetime member, and the American Horticultural Society’s Annual Book Award in 1998 for his book “A Year of Roses.”
Winter Lecture Series: Singular Gardens
Thank you to all who joined us for our first two lectures; we will keep you informed of a new date for our last lecture which is currently postponed. This year’s theme was singular gardens—with each of our esteemed presenters discussing one specific landscape, including Kate Kerin from Innisfree Garden, Louis Bauer of Wave Hill, and Toshi Yano from Wethersfield.
Madoo in Manhattan 2019The 6th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
Enzo EneaWe were honored to welcome Enzo Enea, Swiss landscape architect and one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors to the 2019 Madoo in Manhattan. Enea received numerous gold and silver awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich and in 1998 a significant certificate of merit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. A hallmark of Enzo Enea’s projects is the fusion of outdoor and indoor spaces. In 2010, one of Enea’s most noteworthy projects, the Tree Museum, officially opened its gates to the public. Situated on breathtaking land near Upper Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, the Tree Museum exhibits individual trees from the collection of Enzo Enea as well contemporary sculpture, combining landscape, botany, art, architecture, and design.
Madoo in Manhattan 2018
The 5th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
THE DRAMATIC POTENTIAL OF LANDSCAPE
We were honored to welcome British Landscape Architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to this year’s Madoo in Manhattan lecture. Longstaffe-Gowan is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, Landscape Adviser to the Crown Estate Paving Commission in Regent’s Park and President, and founding member of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Todd has taken on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad, many of them have included an element of conservation. In March 2012 he and his colleague James Fox completed the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.
Todd brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian. He has a strong interest in the sculptural and dramatic potential of landscapes, and in the ways in which their aesthetic possibilities relate to the uses, activities and symbolic functions for which they are destined.
Madoo in Manhattan 2017
The 4th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
CHANGING NATURE: TOWARDS A NEW LANDSCAPE
We were honored to welcome award-winning British garden designer Jinny Blom. Blom’s lush and contemporary gardens for private clients, public institutions, and HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Harry run the gamut from therapeutic gardens to wonderful estates on Europe, Africa and the United States. She is the author of Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design. Aware of our fragile ecosystem, Blom’s creativity pushes the garden design canon forward with a thorough knowledge of the evolution of British Landscape design and keep planstmanship.
Thank you to our sponsors: NYC&G, Ron Wendt Design, Whitmore’s, Garden Collage, The Greenwich Hotel, and McKinnon and Harris.