Madoo Conservancy.
Photo: Mick Hales

Sagaponack’s Bucolic Madoo Conservancy Celebrates 25 Years

The former home of artist Robert Dash marks its anniversary with a major exhibition of drawings and paintings that capture the evolution of the public green space

While many of the romantic structures on artist Robert Dash’s bucolic Sagaponack property date back centuries, the garden itself is celebrating 25 years as an open-to-the-public green space. The centerpiece of the festivities will be the Much Ado About Madoo benefit on June 15.

Madoo Conservancy Asian Pond Gardens. Photo: Mick Hales

Stroll the Madoo Conservancy’s myriad gardens—including the new silver-leaf plot with willows, foxglove, iris, and lavender—and tour Dash’s former studio, now used for film screenings, lectures, and musical performances.

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An exhibition, titled Madoo: A History in Photographs, Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden, on display through July 27, will offer a broad look at the history of Madoo, including some of Dash’s never-before-seen original charcoal drawings and paintings that capture the evolution of the acreage. “It’s exciting to bring out all of that material and really show people what a lasting influence Madoo has had on the gardening world,” says executive director Alejandro Saralegui. 

Madoo Conservacy. Photo: Mick Hales
Madoo Conservacy. Photo: Mick Hales

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Summer issue under the headline “Mad About Madoo.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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