The Chat

by Alejandro Saralegui

Dear Friends,

Last year we were justly proud of our accomplishments restoring the summer house and studio. This summer we have begun to see the benefits of our wonderful new space. We’ve held art classes for the campers of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center, The Rolston Quartet from Montreal performed as part of the free pop-up concerts of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and just two weeks ago we had our first film screening.

In conjunction with the Hamptons International Film Festival we showed 5 Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. All of this programming is due to your support of Madoo. As we move from being a purely ornamental garden to being a center for creativity we have many more projects in mind. Many of you have donated to a matching grant to renovate the archives and conservancy office. And we have kicked off our Winter house garden renovation plan—and hedgerow replacement– with a $50,000 donation. Our board member Michael Derrig of Landscape Details helped develop the beautiful new garden rooms and rill design.

In several areas we have been working on bringing back land conservation and stewardship back into our mission. We’ve brought quite a bit of attention to the importance of natural hedgerows in our community; they offer food for all sort for animals and insects and are great wildlife corridors. What many don’t know about is the new farm garden we helped build at the Sagaponack School down the street. When they called and asked for help I immediately said yes! I remember growing Punch ‘n’ Grow tomatoes and peppers as a very young boy and how that opened my eyes up to the natural world. With this project we’re making sure a new generation has a similar experience.

All best for a wonderful September,

Alejandro Saralegui, Director