"The Rose Whisperer" Stephen Scanniello To Speak at Madoo in Manhattan on March 24th

A perfect pink David Austin rose in my Hamptons garden.

The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack is one of my favorite gardens in the Hamptons to visit and support. My friend Alejandro Saralegui serves as executive director and does an incredible job curating events, lectures, and partnerships that not only support the Madoo Conservancy, but also delight garden lovers in the Hamptons and beyond.


I was thrilled to be asked to join the host committee to welcome upcoming guest lecturer and preeminent rosarian Stephen Scanniello for the 7th annual Madoo in Manhattan event on March 24th (details above).  Stephen is the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator for the New York Botanical Garden, as well as the rosarian for Elizabeth Park, the nation’s oldest public rose garden, and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation.

My climbing roses ascend up the pergola to my bedroom window.

Stephen is a beloved rosarian, great speaker, and his rose knowledge is encyclopedic. This will be a fun nigh that garden lovers will not want to miss! Stephen has worked tirelessly throughout his career to preserve heritage roses and has authored and co-authored five books on roses. Scanniello lives for roses and describes each one as if he were describing a quirky, adored relative.

Scaniello was instrumental in this year’s introduction of Rosa ‘Julie Andrews’, and has been a judge for the rose trials of Bagatelle in Paris since 1986. In 2009, he created New York City’s Heritage Rose District, a nonprofit that promotes heritage roses and gardening with children in Harlem.

Alejandro Saralegui, Charlotte Moss, and Frances Schultz at a Madoo Conservancy event in Sagaponack. For more details and tickets on the upcoming Madoo in Manhattan event visit HERE.