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GardenLarge specializes in rural properties: planting natives and removing invasives.
Projects in Connecticut and in New York’s counties of Westchester, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster.
“Large spaces in the country call for a large treatment, a big gesture,” Duncan Brine believes….
His desire to ‘find the connection’ with a site dictates his landscapes. ‘It doesn’t make sense to do arbitrary things,’ he says. ‘The plants, the buildings, the site are all connected.’ “
—Lynn Hazlewood, Hudson Valley Magazine, “Best of the Hudson Valley”
” ‘The house is the soul of the property,’ and should relate accordingly to the gardens and views.When planting, mix up the foreground and background in a planting, he suggests, breaking a fairly traditional gardening rule. Traditionally, tall plants are in back. He suggests planting something large and transparent in front, like grasses… The use of native plants is very important. Non-native plants, Brine explained, can behave in a “thuggish” way and maul both the look of the landscape and the chemistry of the soil.
— The News Times, HomeStyle, Deb Keiser
“Brine’s landscaping style is best suited to larger gardens, although he usually designs in stages… “Clients have so far happily accepted his suggestions. ‘Once they get a great-looking garden, they say, “why not extend it?”, he remarks. And that’s an idea Duncan Brine can understand.”
— Hudson Valley Magazine, Best of the Hudson Valley, Lynn Hazlewood