Notes from Madoo
Making a Garden in the Hamptons
By Robert Dash
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618016921, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2000
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Now the author/artist/gardener describes his making of Madoo in a book that is as charming and entertaining as it is enlightening. Dash's artist's sense --or senses -- of the movement of air and the effects of light and color suffuse all his writings, and show us new ways to look at our own gardens.
As with Henry Mitchell's books, one learns more from reading these essays than from a dozen how-to books. And whether we like to make gardens or simply to look at them, Dash has given us a book to keep by the bedside, where we can read and reread our favorite pieces ("Fairies"? "Manuring"? "The Name of the Rose"? "The Garden Tour"? Too many to list ) over and over again.
Robert Dash's garden, now the Madoo Conservancy, has appeared in many books and magazine articles and is visited each summer by world-famous horticulturists as well as thousands of garden tourists. Dash is also a popular lecturer. He resides in New York.