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MADOO TALKS: House & Garden


We are pleased to announce our much anticipated MADOO TALKS: House & Garden, presented on three Sundays in February and March at noon. This year’s theme House & Garden examines a variety of relationships between domestic life and the gardens.

Tickets $20 members, $25 non-members. All lectures in the winter house studio at 12pm. A reception will follow. Tickets are available at madoo.org or info@madoo.org or 631 537-8200.


February 26 Joanna Groarke, Redouté to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art

With her farm at Upperville, VA, Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon created an environment where gardens and house flowed easily from one to the other. Her botanical art collection ranged from rare watercolors by renowned botanical artists such as Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues and Pierre-Joseph Redouté to 20th-century paintings by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. This collection was the subject of an exhibition this fall/winter at the New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery. Joanna Groarke, Director of Public Engagement and Library Exhibitions Curator, will be speaking on the exhibition and Mrs. Mellon’s love of gardens.


March 19 Marshall Watson, The Art of Elegance

Throughout his 30-year career interior designer Marshall Watson has been known for crafting luxurious yet livable spaces for his clients. Less well known is his own passion for gardening. His new book The Art of Elegance is notable for the inclusion of so many garden environments flowing from his interiors. Watson’s creative vision exemplifies the notion of home as a complete unit combining house and garden exemplified in projects across the US and Sweden, Mexico and the Bahamas.


March 26 Margie Ruddick, Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

Award-winning landscape architect Margie Ruddick urges designers to look beyond the rules often imposed by both landscaping convention and sustainability checklists. Instead, she offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. While well-known for her public commissions her residential projects urge homeowners to go in a new direction.




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