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Madoo Winter Lecture Series Presents ‘Singular Gardens’

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A meadow at Innisfree Garden in Millbrook. COURTESY INNISFREE FOUNDATION

A meadow at Innisfree Garden in Millbrook. COURTESY INNISFREE FOUNDATION

A water sculpture at Innisfree Garden, seen through the trees. COURTESY INNISFREE FOUNDATION

A water sculpture at Innisfree Garden, seen through the trees. COURTESY INNISFREE FOUNDATION

authorStaff Writer on Feb 25, 2020

The theme of the Madoo Conservancy’s 2020 winter lecture series is “Singular Gardens,” so each guest speaker coming to visit Madoo in Sagaponack will present on one landscape, each located in New York State and nationally noteworthy.

Three speakers will visit on select Sundays in March: Kate Kerin on March 1, Louis Bauer on March 8, and Toshi Yano on March 15.

Kate Kerin is the landscape curator at Innisfree Garden in Millbrook. Established between 1930 and 1960 by Walter Beck and Marion Burt Beck, and designed by landscape architect Lester Collins, the garden is a powerful icon of mid-20th century design, according to Madoo. It merges Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles.

Ms. Kerin, a trained landscape architect and also the director of recruitment of Open Days for the Garden Conservancy, has been at Innisfree Garden since 2012.

Louis Bauer is the senior director of horticulture at Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. Mr. Bauer will discuss “Nature into Art,” the new book about Wave Hill by Thomas Christopher with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Toshi Yano is the director of horticulture at Wethersfield, a 10-acre public garden in Amenia, in the Hudson Valley. The garden is within a 1,000-acre estate first established in 1937 by philanthropist Chauncey Devereaux Stillman. In 2019, following stints at Stonecrop Gardens and a private estate in Westchester County, Mr. Yano arrived at Wethersfield to update and maintain the Renaissance-style gardens.

Lectures will take place in the summer studio at Madoo, starting at noon, and will conclude with a reception in the red living room. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers and $20 for Madoo members, or, for all three, $65 for nonmembers and $50 for members. Register at

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