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!

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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.

Past Events

  • Madoo in Manhattan 2019

    The 6th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
    Enzo Enea
    We 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.
    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
  • Madoo in Manhattan 2018

    The 5th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

    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
    Jinny Blom

    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.