New Perspectives on Gardens at Madoo

In Sagaponack
For the Madoo Conservancy’s winter lecture series, Andy Brand will discuss the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is plant curator, on April 7. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The winter lecture series at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, which will focus on the theme of new perspectives at leading East Coast gardens, will kick off on Feb. 24 with a talk by Timothy Tilghman, the head gardener at the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers.

In 1899 Samuel Untermyer purchased Greystone, the former estate of Samuel Tilden, and over the next 41 years he transformed the property into some of the most celebrated gardens in America. Upon his death, the gardens were left in limbo while the estate was settled and a plan to care for the gardens determined. 

A core part of the gardens was acquired by the City of Yonkers in 1946, and another parcel was acquired in the 1990s, bringing the total today to 43 acres. The Untermyer conservancy collaborates with the City of Yonkers to facilitate the restoration of the property.

Mr. Tilghman has been working full time there since 2011 and is assisted by six other gardeners. Under his leadership, various parts of the garden have been restored and an ambitious program of planting is now underway. Mr. Tilghman previously worked at Wave Hill in the Bronx and Rocky Hill in Westchester County and was a senior garden editor at Martha Stewart Living. 

The series will continue on March 24 with Andrea Brunsendorf, who last year was named director of outdoor landscapes at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Prior to that appointment, she was on staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, and in 2007 she became the first female head gardener at the 800-year-old Inner Temple Garden in London.

A talk by Andy Brand, the plant curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will conclude the series on April 7. That garden opened in Boothbay, Me., in 2007 and, comprising 295 acres, it is the largest botanical garden in New England. Before joining its staff, Mr. Brand was for 27 years the manager of Broken Arrow, a rare-plant nursery in Hamden, Conn.

Each lecture will take place at noon in Madoo’s summer studio and be followed by a reception. Tickets are $25, $20 for members, and registration at is required.