Madoo is proud to host a variety of distinguished professionals in the fields of horticulture, design, landscape architecture, 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, is both an important fundraiser to support programming and preservation of the magical gardens at Madoo and part of our broader outreach. Be sure to visit our events page for updates to Madoo in Manhattan in 2020!
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.
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.
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
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.
December 1 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.
Pre-order Eden Revisited here.
December 7 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.
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