Madoo Conservancy for Free, All of the Time

The result of a grant from the Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation
Those interested in seeing the latest building and garden restoration projects at Madoo, including the Asian pond and the summer studio, can now do so for free. Mick Hales

The Madoo Conservancy in Saga­ponack announced last week that it would eliminate its $10 entrance fee, after receiving a grant from the Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation. 

Ms. Moss, who recently joined the Madoo board, learned that on the annual National Public Gardens Day in May, when entrance at many gardens is free, Madoo's attendance tripled. “Eliminating the $10 per person admission fee removes a barrier to entry for many of our guests,” said Alejandro Saralegui, the conservancy’s director. He reported that guests on the first free weekend had indicated their gratitude and left voluntary donations.

The grant will help continue the policy for five years. Gardens in general and Madoo in particular are always changing and offer something new on every visit, Ms. Moss said in a release. 

The garden was established by Robert Dash, an artist and poet who applied his “artistic eye and wit” to the design of the property. “By being open to the public at no charge we hope that residents and visitors to our community will come to Madoo time and again and bring their families and friends,” Ms. Moss said.

Madoo is open for self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. from mid-May to mid-September.