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A Walk Through Madoo

My recent visit to Italy for some R & R also included a few garden visits, naturally, but more on that in a later post. Two days after I returned I had a house full of girls in East Hampton for the weekend. Amid the chill time and a couple parties, we started our Saturday morning with a private tour of our own local celebrated garden, MADOO, the creation and passion of the late artist, Robert Dash. Bob, as we all knew him, created a very special and personal vision of a garden on two acres. Walking around the property you would swear it was double that, and I was delighted to share it with my friends.


Our early morning tour was led by Alejandro Saralegui, executive director, and Madoo's champion on all fronts.


Here, everyone was being briefed on the history as well as the background on some of the specimen trees.


As an artist, Bob brought color into the garden. He painted a pavilion in yellow and mauve, and carried that scheme into the flower beds. The garden was another palette to him.


As we strolled, the various patterns of the paths did not go unnoticed. In fact, what I love is the reminder that to vary their design is just as critical as the beds and borders. Different patterns and materials blended together seamlessly and all with the obvious hand of an artist.


Now Deb, were you listening to Alejandro wax on about water features... Viscaya, Gamberaia, Lante, Farnese the Alhambra and on...


"Maturity is in the green frame of the garden and work is entirely custodial in nature…rather like housekeeping, a matter of spit and polish and the higher your standards the more minute the work."
-Robert Dash

Paths, pavilions, soft colors and ornaments await at Madoo, and will amuse you. If you are out east, MADOO should be on your list. The garden closes in September for the season. Hurry on by...this is just a sampling of what you can expect.

Madoo Conservancy
The garden is open every Friday and Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. from May 15th until September 15th.
618 Sagg Main Street
Sagaponack, NY 11962

After touring the gardens, stop by the Parrish Art Museum to view Robert Dash's work on exhibition...
Parrish Art Museum

Open Monday through Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Friday open 'til 8pm.
279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976