Long Island, New York

Madoo Conservancy

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, a leading European gardening publication once called the Madoo Conservancy “one of the ten best gardens in America”. The Madoo (from an old Scottish word meaning “my dove”) Conservancy is the two-acre garden of artist and writer Robert Dash. Dash began the garden in 1967 with the fundamental tenant: “plants are the dominating forms, structures are secondary.”Featuring Tudor, High Renaissance, early Greek, and Oriental garden influences – and with Dash’s own artistic vision — The New York Times called Madoo “Robert Dash’s ever-changing masterpiece.” Open Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., from May 15 – September 15. Photographs are permitted; strollers and dogs are not. Private visits can be arranged. [ info ]