The first Robert Dash Discourse on Garden Design, planned to be an annual benefit for the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, will take place on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery in Manhattan. Arne Maynard, a noted garden designer based in London and Wales, will speak on “A Sense of Place,” discussing his projects in Europe and the United States. A cocktail reception will follow.
Cited as “one of Great Britain’s most-wanted garden designers” in the November 2013 issue of Vogue, Mr. Maynard is known for reviving some of England’s important gardens, among them the Elizabethan terraces at Haddon Hall, the 12th-century Derbyshire home of Lord Edward Manners. His many projects for clients all over the world include a 2013 design for an East Hampton property.
Mr. Maynard visited Madoo for the first time last summer, said Alejandro Saralegui, its director. “He hadn’t heard of Madoo,” said Mr. Saralegui, “but he came by for lunch and just loved it. He said, ‘Don’t touch a thing!’ Arne’s a marvelous speaker, and this is a perfect way to honor Bob.”
Carlton Hobbs is an English-born dealer of museum-quality 17th, 18th, and 19th-century furniture and artworks whose East 93rd Street headquarters is a 50-room mansion designed in 1930 by John Russell Pope for Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt. “We were looking for a special place to have this,” said Mr. Saralegui, “and it’s a spectacular building.”
Tickets are $150, $125 for Madoo members, and may be purchased at madoo.org.