For a long time, I thought the only public gardens out east were at the Longhouse Reserve. I did some research, and found a beautiful, zen spot even closer in Sagaponack, at the Madoo Conservancy. Madoo feels very private, intimate, and special. There are many sweet little nooks and crannies carved out, with colorful flowers on vines, and mini ponds where my girls liked to stand and make wishes. There are shaded areas to go and read a book for some down time, or possibly stroll through for a romantic evening at sunset. This hidden gem is a must-see as the seasons and leafs begin to change.
How many years have you been in business?
We have been around for 24 years as a public garden, established 51 years ago.
What do you feel differentiates you?
Madoo is a unique garden in that it merges plantsmanship with a highly evolved sense of garden design.
What do you feel gives you longevity?
Madoo is a unique garden in a world that is becoming more and more homogenous. We stand for a sense of “Old Sagaponack” and land conservation.
How do you positively impact your clientele?
Madoo provides a retreat that is both peaceful and Zen-like.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy growing plants and meeting new people.
What is your favorite secret spot in the Hamptons?
In the Hamptons it would probably be either the Sagg Swamp or the Walking Dunes in Napeague.
How do you benefit mamas?
Madoo provides many programs for children. Also, children just love the garden, and it’s secret nooks and crannies.
What is the most memorable feedback a visitor has given you?
You are doing a wonderful job continuing Robert Dah’s legacy.
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field:
Fergus Garret the head gardener at Great Dixter.
What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
I’m a golden rule kind of guy. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
Not being a mom I can’t answer this directly. But my advice to anyone is take a 20-minute nap. Set your phone timer to 20 minutes and close your eyes.