Madoo Celebrates 25 Years

as a Public Garden in 2019


The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary as a public garden. In 1994, Madoo opened its grounds to the public for the first time as a non-profit organization, allowing visitors to step inside the magical oasis designed and cultivated by founder Robert Dash, the artist, writer and gardener. Throughout this silver anniversary year, Madoo will be marking the occasion with a milestone exhibition, special plans for our annual garden party, new educational programming for all ages, and a silver-themed garden. We are also pleased to announce that 2019 marks our official status as a 501 (c) 3 public charity!

Our opening summer exhibition, Madoo: A History in Photographs, Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden—a display of photographs, published book and magazine features, and original artwork from the archives of Robert Dash—is curated by Southampton-based landscape architect Perry Guillot, who lived at Madoo during the summer from 1987-1994. The exhibition will be on view through August 3, 2019, in the summer studio during open hours, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The 9th Annual Much Ado About Madoo benefit garden party will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, with a garden market from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and sunset cocktail party from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a magical cocktail party in the Madoo gardens, with an opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of items for sale and a chance to bid on live auction items by leading artisans including John Derian, Frances Palmer, Vladimir, Clare Potter and Madoo founder, Robert Dash. The garden market features exclusive dealers of home, fashion, and garden goods. The daytime market is free.

Much Ado sponsors include HC&G, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Bridgehampton National Bank. Cocktail party tickets are $300 for individuals, $250 for Madoo members, $150 for under 35, and will benefit programming and maintenance of the incredible gardens at the Madoo Conservancy.

Visitors to all of our summer events and programs, or even those just coming by for an open day visit, will have a chance to see our newly-installed silver garden—designed especially for this silver anniversary. A mix of silver eryngiums, Salvia argentea, commonly called “silver sage,” Digitalis ‘Snow Thimble,’ also known as “white foxglove,” among others.

Admission is free during open hours: Friday and Saturday noon to 4:00 p.m. To schedule a tour or find out more about our upcoming events and programs please visit


Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a public garden, The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Madoo, the ever-changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment.




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