Much Ado About Madoo Celebrates 50 Years of Conservancy in Sagaponack

Much Ado About Madoo
Much Ado About Madoo, Photo: Kimberly Goff

The seventh annual Much Ado About Madoo garden market and cocktail party is celebrating the 50th anniversary of late artist Robert Dash‘s beloved Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, as well as the completion of $1.1 million summer house and studio restoration there, on Friday and Saturday, June 16–17, from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

In addition to free-flowing libations, fabulous foliage and a Garden Market preview with more than two dozen vendors, the event will unveil Sagaponack Landscapes, an exhibition featuring Dash’s paintings of Sagaponack homesteads in the newly-restored, circa 1740 summer studio. There will also be a live auction hosted by Jamie Niven with desirable lots including an acrylic on paper pochoir Dash painting called “Kim’s boat,” chicken manure (?!) and more.

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Enjoy the lush scenery while sipping cocktails and munching hors d’oeuvres on the lawn, and preview the Garden Market’s distinctive shops with rare plants, garden antiques, home décor, fashion (for men and women) and beauty products from Ala von Auersperg, Pointed Leaf Press, Sag Harbor Florist, Orchard Jewelry by J. Mavec, Pennoyer Newman, Madison James, Withington and Company, Mad et Len, Omorovicza, Sasha Bikoff Interiors and Panier Home.

Past Much Ado About Madoo guests include Charlotte Moss, Simon Doonan & Jonathan Adler, Ala Isham, Frances Schultz, Jay Johnson, Fred Schneider, Fernanda W. Niven, Christina Cuomo, Eugenie Niven Goodman, Diana and Fred Elghanayan, Beatrice Stern, Judy Auchincloss, Anne van Rennesselaer and Whitney Fairchild.

And the fun doesn’t only happen at night. Garden photographer and author of Sidewalk Gardens of New York, Betsy Pinover Schiff, is taking part in ‘A Talk in the Studio,’ a live discussion about her work and book at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. A book signing and breakfast reception will follow the talk.

From 3–5 p.m. on Saturday, Once Upon A Time At Madoo is a program suited for all the little ones. Kids can take part in face painting, creating DIY Robert Dash prints, and potting plants. Immerse your children in the art and horticulture of the Madoo Conservancy in the new summer studio.

The Madoo Conservancy is located at 618 Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event and its various programs, visit

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