The Chat

Alejandro Saralegui

Dear Friends,


Another mild winter, and I’m not complaining. Coming off a busy holiday season and a successful Annual Appeal campaign (thank you to everyone who donated!), it’s nice to get into the garden and see which plants are stirring to life.

Our collection of Hamamelis, or witch hazels, is just beginning to flower, adding a light perfume to the sunkenterrace; Hellebore ‘Nigra’ is the first of our Lenten roses to bloom; and hundreds of snowdrops are having their moment, with their little nodding white heads.

In 2019, our 25th year as a public garden, we stayed open until December 28 (our longest season yet), allowing us to host more events and exhibitions and, most important, visitors to the garden. In the spring, we installed two new gardens: the Camellia garden, with 11 different varieties in shades of white, pink, and red, and a small garden to mark our silver anniversary, centering on a Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ underplanted with silver-leaved perennials and grasses. In the summer, British gardening guru Monty Don arrived at Madoo with his production crew to film a segment for his newly released BBC series Monty Don’s American Gardens. It was quite an honor for Madoo to be selected, and we’ll be sure to let you know when it airs Stateside. A mid-September dinner benefiting a Dallas-based charity was an Instagram sensation, with 32 Madoo yellow iron chairs lining the sides of one long table (these now belong to Madoo, thanks to decorator and event host Jean Liu). In the fall, with the help of Parrish Art Museum curator Corinne Erni, we presented artist Laurie Lambrecht’s “Limn to Limb,” an exhibition of photobased textile works in the garden. And toward the end of the year, as the weather turned, we mounted a selection of beautiful canvases by painter Marina Adams in the summer studio.
Best wishes for a happy spring,

Alejandro Saralegui, Director

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