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“Much Ado about Madoo” Garden Fair June 15….. Much Ado about Robert Dash’s “Dashingly” Artistically Poetic and Surreal Garden of Illusions and Allusions

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The Gate Announces a Special Experience:  The Artifice of Primary Colors Startles us in the Greenery of Robert Dash’s two acre unique Garden vision in Sagaponack, featuring Tudor, High Renaissance, early Greek, as well as Oriental garden influences. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Madoo is a blend of Garden and Home Design Creativity shown in the structures, barns, houses built to complement the garden surroundings…. You walk into a world suggesting art and literature and the ideas of creative people like Robert Dash. It’s Robert Dash’s work of art!  Horticultural Styling and Pruning Innovations await you.  Come in right this way, the gate, doorjamb and path say! Don’t Delay!

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A Sole Doorway or Doorjamb really Looking for a Door ?!

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Finds A Yellow Door on a Little House….. A Keyhole to a Door to a House which was trimmed in…

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Blue in another season in Yellow & Blue Whimsy! “Blue” is spotted throughout the garden like a trail of Breadcrumbs!

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Blue says “Find me!” like on Stairs to Rooftops! Then textures pop up everywhere and have a field day!

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Round to the back, see Lattices Galore and Overlapping Textures and Patterns and Optical Illusions, making you dizzy, OH MY! !

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In Alice in Wonderland Mind-Bending Games, A Doorway is like a Keyhole in alternating Big-Small-Big Scale, Pointing to a Tree!

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Robert Dash, A British Artist, Writer, Gardener cultivates his garden with wit! Here’s the Prettiest Garden Loo I’ve ever seen!

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Details. Details! Garden wit is found in quiet sightings: a “Growling” Lion Wooden Ornament next to a lone stray rose…

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Or an Ornamental Stone Carving next to the textural patterns of ferns in a bed of stones in a Song of Textures!

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Boxwood Pruned Schrub “Balls”  in the middle of a Grove of Gingkos?… Whimsy in “Living”  Stone-like Ornamentals!

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a Juxtaposition so unexpected….. Robert Dash’s Surrealism is Alice in Wonderland’s Surrealism!

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A Garden Fair of Wonderful Vendors of Food, Furniture, Garden Decor, Nurseries, Flowers, Fragrances, Accessories! Alice goes shopping!

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Then Alice goes on the path following the topiary-style arches of greenery and they sway in the blue sky….

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Almost toppling and Growing….

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or is Alice growing small as Madoo “Grows” on her, surrounds her ??…….

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But the Garden Path always takes her to the next surprise!

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Like Shade and Sunlight in Hidden Garden Patios

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And more Blue Gate Posts….

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Inviting us on a paths leading to more flights of whimsy

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Do we have to leave ? Maddo is a labyrinth maze of garden paths beckoning you to return….. SOON! GardenSpiritsNY loves Madoo……This Blog barely shows you what awaits you!   www.Madoo.org  Madoo is in Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, near the ocean and a Must-See Garden!

VINE ENVY! The Wisteria the Cooper-Hewitt!

Wisteria at The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Wisteria at The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

WISTERIA as old as the Cooper-Hewitt Mansion?

WISTERIA as old as the Cooper-Hewitt Mansion? as Beautiful!

Fond Goodbye to Winter

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Peter Wirtz's Slumbering Garden

We are coming to the edge of winter and the cusp of spring!….Eagerly wishing that this rough winter will soon depart!!!!!…….So I thought it very fitting to start a blog to celebrate the Turning of the Seasons and the turning of my pen (aka keyboard!) to all things Art…..Design ….. and  Garden…..Spirits!!! …… GardenSpirits, many of you know, has, since 1996, been my stationery and design collection [Teaquotes and GardenSpirits, at the start]  featuring my art, design and photography. It aspires to its name: to capture nature’s ephemeral moments using an artful blend of materials and tools in my artist’s bag of tricks!  GardenSpritsNY will chronicle much of the synergy that weaves between art, design, all things garden and much of the earth’s greens….With St. Patrick’s Day so near, …..that eternal day that harkens and heralds all fine spirits and things that are green … there is so much to be tickled green with….. This may be a genealogical inheritance since my lovely mom Flora (nee Flora Bloom…..my very own Goddess of Flowers and and a super wordsmith) was born on St. Patrick’s Day!!! Essentially giving me the “Spirit of Green” biologically to be sure…..!  Happy to celebrate all the coming greenery and the smiles that tomorrow’s Leprauchans will inspire…………

But first let us give Winter a Fond GoodBye…. because no matter how rough, it gave us (me at least) slumber and the indoor time to hibernate, incubate, refresh, store, think, mull, plan, work and give time to internal needs…….to crystallize my dreams, goals and priorities……Personal mediation needs more than a “Winter Tune-up” and I definitely didn’t have enough time in these few months to complete my winter to-do list!!! It’s now the spring list!

But in my travels one day just after New Year’s Day, I found a “tome” at Potterton Books in the D&D Building in New York, called  “The Wirtz Private Garden by Marco Valdivia,” a chronicle in photography of a private garden as a collaboration between the photographer Marco Valdivia and the landscape architect Peter Wirtz, a world-renown garden designer based in Belgium.  The garden photographs are spectacular as they capture a slumbering winter garden that awakens and cycles though the year of seasons.  Wirtz’s eye magically sculpts side by side both the floating Zen and Formal Geometric topiary structures. In winter, the ghostly other-worldiness of the topiary shapes dappled with a light snowfall evoke the clouds…. Seeing the winter settings  transformed by spring and summer is a revelation…. Photos alternate from startling Black and White to Color and just invite sheer meditation. Wirtz’s Garden as interpreted by Valdivia’s beautiful tableaux of winter wonderlands gives me reassurance that winter is worth it!  Magical, White and Wonderful! There are more Wonderlands than just Alice’s!!!  What a Book!  Yet look forward to all that is coming…..banish white and bring on green…. green ….. green!

Wirth's Winter Wonderland

Floating Cloud Topiary

Structured Geometric Forms meet Zen organic clouds

Light Snowfall on Geometric Forms....

Light Snow on Geometric Forms.... White is leaving.... Green is coming!

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