On The Avenue

Sixth Annual Much Ado About Madoo Event

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

From June 17 to June 18, the Madoo Conservancy celebrated their Sixth Annual Much Ado About Madoo event. Founded in 1966 by Robert Dash, this year’s fun-filled celebration honored the foundation’s 50 years of organic gardening.

On the first night of the event, guests joined Honorary Chairmen Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, for the Garden Cocktail Party at the beautiful outdoor space of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. Attendees enjoyed a first viewing of the market fair, which took place the next day. In addition, a live auction was hosted by the chairman of Sotheby’s, Jamie Niven. Items such as a painting by Robert Dash and a trip to the gardens in Madrid was up for bid.

Those in attendance included the executive director of Madoo Conservancy Alejandro Saralegui, Vincent and Shelley Fremont, Kendell Cronstrom, and Fred Schneider. 

On Saturday, the Garden Market was officially open to the public. Over 25 vendors were on site, and offered a variety of plants, food, beauty products, as well as home and garden decor. Some returning vendors from previous years included Hunter, Madison James, and Broken Arrow Nursery. New vendors this year included Hedge, a women’s tennis apparel line and Design Collectif, home accessories showroom based in Sagaponack.

In the middle of the day, the author of Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design, Elizabeth Barlow Rodgers, and Catie Marron, author of City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World, started a talk on how man-made and natural spaces affect our culture. The conversation was accompanied by a spring lunch brought by Janet O’Brien Events & Catering.

The annual event wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, with story telling and music by a trio from the Perlman Music Program, performed for young children and their parents.

Photos by Madison McGaw/BFA.


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