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Garden and landscape history is a fairly new field, one which Sarah Madry discovered at Princeton University’s department of art and archaeology in the 1990s. Her extensive European travel, independent and formal academic work in art, architectural, and garden history coalesce in lectures that both converge on specific gardens and their potency in historical, political, and economic contexts and also show the contagion of garden forms and ideas through time. She is especially interested in the round form in garden architectural iconology and has photographed hundreds of round temples and buildings. Selections of these illustrate her lectures. Her book, Well Worth a Shindy: The Architectural and Philosophical History of the Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was published in March 2004. It is about the aesthetic history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC’s symbol of educational freedom and evolution, the Old Well.
She is not only a scholar of gardens, but also a tender of a one-acre garden in Chapel Hill. Her photographic interests are in taking photos of people in juxtaposition with architectural details, and she is a graphic designer, travel consultant, French tutor, and an avid reader of art, architecture, and landscape history.
One of her current research projects is the cultural experience of General William Richardson Davie, American Revolutionary officer and leader in the founding of the first public university in the United States, the University of North Carolina, in Paris in 1800 when he spent six months there at the command of President John Adams to design a treaty with the French to secure safe maritime passage for American vessels.
Madry says “I have spent the last forty years either paying tuition to UNC-CH or receiving paychecks from her. My Carolina undergraduate degree was granted in 1971 (French), and I finished my master’s in 1981 (Educational Media in the School of Education). I have worked for the Carolina Population Center, WUNC Radio, the Arts and Sciences Foundation, and I currently work with the School of Medicine’s Program on Aging.”
· “The Parc Monceau in Paris: The English Garden of the Duc de Chartres.”
· “When to Reunion I Return: The History of the Old Well.”
· “Round Architecture from 1300 B.C. to the Present”
· “The Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli, Italy”