Madoo in Winter: House and Garden in Harmony

Three lectures that will examine a variety of relationships between domestic life and gardens
“Redouté to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art” will be Madoo's first winter lecture on Sunday. Madoo

“Madoo Talks: House and Garden,” three lectures that will examine a variety of relationships between domestic life and gardens, will take place in the Sagaponack conservancy’s winter house studio on Sundays at noon during February and March.

Joanna Groarke, director of public engagement and library exhibitions curator at the New York Botanical Garden, will present “Redouté to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art” on Sunday. At her Virginia farm, Mrs. Mellon created an environment in which gardens and house flow easily from one to the other. 

Her collection of botanical art ranges from such artists as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The collection was the subject of an exhibition that closed on Feb. 12 at the garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery. Ms. Groarke will discuss the collection and Mrs. Mellon’s love of gardens.

On March 19, Marshall Watson, a well-known interior designer and passionate gardener, will discuss “The Art of Elegance.” His new book of the same title includes many garden environments that flow from his interiors and reflect his vision of house and garden as a complete unit.

The series will conclude on March 26 with “Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes,” a talk by Margie Ruddick, an award-winning landscape architect whose practice is driven by a belief that designers should look beyond the rules of landscape convention and the sustainability checklist.

Tickets are $25, $20 for members. A reception will follow each lecture.