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In the Garden

“a dreamlike landscape”

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Vistas and Close-ups, Staged by a Filmmaker
by Anne Raver

Duncan Brine is a Landscape Designer with a Filmmaker’s Eye

IT had been raining all day, so mist covered the trees and shrubs as we set out for a walk through Duncan and Julia Brine’s six-acre garden, a dreamlike landscape that takes its cues from the old shade trees and fence posts remaining from the farm that was once here, as well as the native plants, like black locust and joe-pye weed, that populate the hills and spring-fed marsh.

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Gardens of the Hudson Valley


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“The line between art and nature has never
seemed so blurred as it is in the Brine Garden.”


From the chapter on GardenLarge’s Brine Garden in
the new book, Gardens of the Hudson Valley, Monacalli Press.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Duncan Brine // Apr 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Anne Raver first visited the Brine Garden several years ago. Last week, she remembered her visit to an attentive audience at the Horticultural Society of New York. It’s fair to say she loves our garden and we love her way with words which recreate the essence of the garden experience.

  • 2 pauline thomas // Aug 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    We are in the UK and your amazing garden is on our retirement bucket list…xxx

  • 3 Duncan Brine // Aug 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Why thank you so much Pauline.
    We certainly look forward to your visit. You might find that plants that are familiar to you nonetheless look somewhat different in our garden as result of our different climate.
    Even the beer is different here, we chill ours more…
    Fall is our season to be open. See you.

  • 4 Constanze Lingenthal // Feb 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing your garden in October. Living in Manhattan for a couple of years I miss my garden back home in Germany and gardening in general so much!! Can’t wait to dig my hands in soil again…

  • 5 ellen @ garden of grandeur // Aug 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Wow I love the sound of this garden. The huge variety coupled with exotic plants sounds like the sort of garden I would love to explore. Thanks for sharing.

  • 6 Duncan Brine // Aug 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks Ellen- We’re happy that GardenLarge has whetted your appetite for the Brine Garden. We hope that you’ll visit this fall.

  • 7 Linda B Horn // Mar 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    You may want to visit my almost an acre native meadow started from scratch and on several tours, The Nature Cons. and Spencertown last year.
    I live about 3 minutes from the Spencertown Academy and the meadow is now nine yrs. old. You can check it out on my website Click Terra Constructa. Regards Linda B Horn

  • 8 Duncan Brine // Mar 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks Linda– We look forward to seeing your meadow…we’re routinely in your area.

  • 9 michele shields // Jun 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    My brother Bruce Shields is currently working at GardenLarge and is enjoying the plethora of new plants, plant names, and ways of designing. This is great!

  • 10 Duncan Brine // Jun 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks Michele– Bruce brings a lot of experience and passion to his work.

  • 11 Peter Nixon // Jun 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Your site is gorgeous, as is all the landscaping. It’s a total Book Marker.

    Peter Nixon

  • 12 Ellen Hoverkamp // Jun 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I hope that you’ll look around at my photography show, “Beauty and The Feast” at Spencertown Academy Arts Center when you are visiting this Saturday, to give your presentation. Sorry I won’t get to meet you. I’ll be in my booth at the Newport Flower Show, all weekend.

  • 13 katie // Jul 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Are you open to visitors in the summer time? What is the exact address? I am new to the area and have read great things about your garden.

  • 14 Julia Brine // Jul 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Thanks, Katie – our open days are in the fall. Here are links to more information:
    Hope to see you here.

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