Sunday, August 6

Under The Pergola Column: Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, Long Island

 
Egypt Beach, East Hampton
the Secret Garden of the Hamptons,
Madoo Conservancy 
Yes, the beaches of the Hamptons are exquisite and memorable, but today we are showcasing a noteworthy and majestic Secret Garden.

visiting Madoo Conservancy...

Madoo Conversancy...
"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"
-creator, Robert Dash
Last week I led a whirlwind two-day design & antiques tour to some of the interior design industry's most talented.  My friend Toma Clark Haines of the Antiques Diva is expanding her antiques sourcing business from Europe to the United States, and put the Hamptons on the top of her list of places to bring design aficionados to hunt for antiques.  Having lived in the area my entire life, I cultivated a design and history expertise for the area, and I feel a good advocate for the Hamptons.  Take a look at the story in New York Spaces about our tour.  It is my pleasure to become a part of this rich experience, and hopefully we will make it an annual event.  I worked to source the very best and most unique antiques shops, yet pepper the journey with cultural spots along the way in order to show the other side of the Hamptons, the place I love.  One of our most favorite visits was to Madoo Conservancy, a non profit,  2-acre, bucolic garden in the residential area of Sagaponack. The garden was a respite for us after a busy day, and the conservancy's head Alessandro Bruigo enthusiastically gave us an educational and inspirational exploration of this stellar garden.
Ron Marvin striking a pose!
The barn/house was recently restored utilizing vintage wood from the property.  A pretty, ethereal new blue floor feels as if you are swimming amongst artist Robert Dash's painting collection displayed throughout the walls. In preparation for some new ideas and programs, the upgraded facility and grounds seem perfectly poised to become an artist's retreat, a place to collaborate and continue to contribute to the rich creative endeavors here in the East End of Long Island. The house acts as a gallery space for Robert Dash's works, along with other artists in the community.  To me, the artist's unique, ethereal style of painting works well with the lush and colorful gardens he spent fifty years creating here on the property. Read more about Robert Dash's life here
even the sink in the newly renovated barn shows 
an artist's hand.
this sculpture in the garden was based on a Renaissance painting style and unique perspective
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara