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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February 2019

Tilghman winter lecture

Winter Lecture Series – Timothy Tilghman

February 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are excited to announce our much anticipated winter lecture series, presented on three Sundays in February, March, and April at noon. This year’s theme is New Perspectives, as we hear from a new generation of gardeners at established public gardens, and how these young horticulturalists are transforming their institutions.

On Sunday, February 24, we look forward to hearing from Timothy Tilghman, Head Gardener of Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers, New York, as he discusses Untermyer Gardens: Past, Present and Potential. Tilghman, who has a BS in Plant Science/Ornamental Horticulture started at Untermeyer eight years ago and is now joined by a staff of six. Previously he held positions at Wave Hill and Rocky Gardens and was a senior garden editor at Martha Stewart Living. Tilghman has led an ambitious garden restoration program at Untermeyer transforming a “forgotten” masterpiece of the early Twentieth century into a must-see garden.

All lectures will take place in the summer studio with a reception to follow.

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March 2019

Winter Lecture Series – Andrea Brunsendorf

March 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The theme for Madoo’s 2019 Winter Lecture Series is New Perspectives, as we hear from a new generation of gardeners at established public gardens, and how these horticulturalists are transforming their institutions. All lectures will take place in the summer studio with a reception to follow.

On Sunday, March 24, Andrea Brunsendorf will present “Gardening in Two Worlds”—sharing her transition from working in and managing a historic garden in the United Kingdom to overseeing and influencing the Outdoor Gardens at Longwood Gardens in the United States. As Director of Outdoor Landscapes at Longwood since March 2018, Andrea explores how she approached the Gardens and its horticultural practices with fresh eyes, her perspective on environmental sensibility and its relationship to horticulture, and her experience of being an agent of change.

Andrea Brunsendorf is an internationally trained horticulturist, having studied in gardens around the globe, including South Africa, Germany, France, Botswana, Jerusalem, and the United States. Before joining Longwood Gardens in March 2018 as Director of Outdoor Landscapes, Andrea spent 10 years reinvigorating Inner Temple Garden, a historic garden in Central London, known for its successional and innovative planting designs. She holds degrees in Ornamental Horticulture from Thuringian State Ministry in Germany, in Botanical Horticulture (Kew Diploma) from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and a Master of Science in Conservation from University College London. Other training includes an internship at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa and the International Gardener Training Program at Longwood Gardens.

 

Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

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April 2019

Enea garden

Madoo in Manhattan

April 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Cosmoplitan Club, 122 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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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

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Winter Lecture Series – Andy Brand

April 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are honored to welcome Andy Brand to our 2019 Winter Lecture Series. Brand is the Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The gardens opened in 2007 in Boothbay, Maine and is the largest botanical garden in New England; comprising 295 acres, 17 of which are gardens featuring native plants of Maine and other plants suited to northern coastal conditions. The gardens also feature a butterfly house and a permanent sculpture exhibition. Prior to joining with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Brand was for 27 years the manager of rare-plant nursery Broken Arrow in Connecticut.

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December 2019

umberto pasti

Umberto Pasti Talk & Book Signing

December 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.
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Wandering Eye Book

Miguel Flores-Vianna Talk & Book Signing

December 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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.

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March 2020

Winter Lectures: Singular Gardens – Innisfree

March 1 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.

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Winter Lectures: Singular Gardens – Wave Hill

March 8 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.

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Postponed: Winter Lectures: Singular Gardens – Wethersfield

March 15 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.

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Postponed. Madoo in Manhattan – Stephen Scanniello: The Rose Whisperer

March 24 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

 
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Past Events

  • Madoo Winter Garden Lectures 2019: New Perspectives

    Thank you to all who attended our 2019 winter lectures centering on the theme of New Perspectives at leading East Coast gardens. Each talk featured new voices at these institutions and the influences of their former work lives. On February 24 we were delighted to hear from Timothy Tilghman, Head Gardener, The Untermeyer Conservancy.  On March 24, Andrea Brunsendorf, Director of Outdoor Landscapes, Longwood Gardens, presented “Gardening in Two Worlds”—sharing her transition from managing a historic garden in the United Kingdom to overseeing the Outdoor Gardens at Longwood Gardens in the United States. On April 7,  we enjoyed a discussion presented Andy Brand, Plant Curator, The Coastal Main Botanical Garden, where he has been for the past year. We hope you will join us again next year!

     

  • Madoo Winter Lecture Series 2018

    The Madoo Conservancy was proud to host a series of three lectures exploring landscape architecture and our waterways. The talks were led by leading landscape architects who discussed current projects and their experiences working in our delicate environment. With bays, ponds and the ocean the East End of Long Island is a unique environment that development has degraded. However, landscape architecture can lead the way to improving our water quality issues with good design.
    Each Landscape Architect was joined by Rachel Gruzen, MEM, LEED AP an environmental planning consultant and educator for a lively discussion on landscape design and the environment within the regional context of a changing East End. Ms. Gruzen most recently coordinated The Peconic Estuary Protection Committee, an alliance of eastern Long Island municipalities and agencies addressing water quality in the Peconic Estuary. We discussed design solutions and good practices to alleviate the stressors on our local ecosystems that can be put in place by residents and designers.

    Image: Robert Dash, Untitled, 1962, Oil on Linen
    Photo: Gary Mamay