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Join us for our annual winter lectures matching landscape architects and designers with the photographers who shoot their work. In conversation the designers will share the aims of their designs and the photographers will explain their techniques to best capture these designed environments. Guests will be treated to real behind-the-scenes look at garden photo shoots with tips on garden design and photography.

Each lecture is followed by a reception in the historic red living room with Bob Dash’s famous Bloody Marys!


March 3 Abby Clough Lawless, Founder, Farm Landscape Design with Photographer Tria Giovan 


March 24  Anna and Emilia DeMauro, Founders, DeMauro + DeMauro with Photographer Doug Young 


April 7  Justin Quinn, Principal, James Doyle Design Associates with Photographer Neil Landino Jr.  


$25.00 per lecture, discount for Madoo members
$60.00 All 3 lectures

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Special thanks to Sagaponack Distillery

Martin Architechs, Bridgehampton

Landscape: DeMauro + DeMauro

Photograph by Doug Young


Madoo in Manhattan, Tuesday, March 19

Madoo home

Cassian Schmidt:
Nature as an Ecological Palette

Introduction by James Golden 


At a private club in New York City

Lecture | 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception | 7:30 pm

Addressing climate change is one of the most pressing needs in the horticultural  world today. As one of the global leaders in this research Cassian  Schmidt will discuss the ecological and aesthetic potential of native and non-native dry habitat plant  communities from the North American prairie as well as Eastern European  steppe vegetation and the Mediterranean shrub steppe “garrigue.’’ The  increased use of plants from these drier areas in beautiful and resilient urban environments and residential gardens is a feature of Cassian’s garden design. Cassian will demonstrate that with modifications and enhancements for aesthetic and practical demands, natural models can provide a great palette for planting design. 


$150 (Madoo members get 10% off; use your member code)
$350 host committee (includes dinner with Cassian Schmidt after the reception, and your name in all printed event materials)

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For sponsorship opportunities please contact info@madoo.org.

Host Committee:

John Danzer

Judith Garson

John Hill

Victoria Munroe

Madeline Weinrib

(List in formation)

Cassian Schmidt is a professor for planting design at the department of landscape architecture at Geisenheim University since 2010 and a professor of planting design at the Technical University Ostwestfalen-Lippe since 2024.

For  25 years, from 1998 until 2023, Cassian was the director of Hermannshof Garden, a privately owned and internationally renowned trial garden for  habitat based naturalistic perennial plantings at Weinheim in South-Western Germany. Schmidt’s long-term research at Hermannshof Garden has focused on the “New German Style” of planting, using stress-tolerant natural plant communities (with emphasis on dry North American prairie, dry Eastern European steppe and native dry grassland vegetation) as models for new sustainable plant combinations  for the urban environment.

With over 35 years of experience as a professional horticulturalist Cassian also works as an planting designer and consultant in private and public projects, has worked as author of many articles and is an internationally renowned lecturer.

Schmidt received his diploma in landscape architecture at Munich Technical University at Weihenstephan (Germany) in 1996 and a master in  horticulture in 1990.



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