The Brine Garden is a chapter of “Gardens of the Hudson Valley”

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

Gardens of the Hudson Valley

Legendary American landscape design figures—Alexander Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, Beatrix Farrand, and Fletcher Steele—all worked in the Hudson Valley.

Gardens of the Hudson Valley celebrates the historic and artistic landscape. Photographers Steve Gross and Susan Daly specialize in architecture, interiors, gardens, travel and lifestyle. Steve and Sue have selected twenty-five gardens between Yonkers and Hudson, including the fabled estate gardens – Kykuit, Boscobel, and Olana (open to the public) and private gardens that combine sweeping views and lush plantings.

Garden writers Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner are the authors of Garden Guide: New York City, revised edition, 2010, Norton. In Gardens of the Hudson Valley they describe each of the gardens, focusing on the history of the site and the strategies for design and plant materials.

Forward by Gregory Long, president of The New York Botanical Garden
Monacelli Press
Publication date: October 19, 2010glcom-hero5putty170.jpg
ISBN: 978-1-58093-277-6 (1-58093-277-0)

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Plant a Row for the Hungry in Dutchess County

About Plant A Row
Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a public service program of the Garden Writers Association and the GWA Foundation. Garden writers are asked to encourage their readers/listeners to plant an extra row of produce each year and donate their surplus to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry.

There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.

Duncan Brine is Keynote Speaker at Master Gardeners’ Public Event

The Master Gardeners of Putnam County are excited about their Spring Gardening School, a One-Day University on all things gardening. All are invited to join this annual event, which includes classes and a presentation with digital images by Duncan Brine, principal landscape designer of Horticultural Design, Inc. The New York Times, Horticulture Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and other publications have featured Brine’s work. His speech, “Structuring Nature: Whole Property Landscape Design,” focuses on his six-acre garden in Pawling, NY.

Brine founded his naturalistic landscape design and installation firm in 1984. He is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wild Flower Society. Brine wrote the introduction to Penguin/Putnam’s anthology The Literary Garden: Bringing Fiction’s Best Gardens to Life.

Spring Gardening School Poster

The volunteer Master Gardener program originated in the Northwest in 1972 to disseminate horticultural knowledge. It soon proliferated nationally. The Putnam County Master Gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Dianne Olsen and Jennifer Stengle lead the classes and workshops of the Spring Gardening School informed by the scientific research of New York’s Cornell University.

Classes include the recent revival of interest in Coleus, new ideas for container gardens, the hands-on workshop Turf Love: environmental lawn care, preventing or delaying tree death, creating a cutting garden, fresh ideas for growing salad greens, organic ways to protect your plants from pests and disease, and a hands-on class in plant propagation. Participants may choose four of the eight classes offered. The day concludes with a question-and-answer panel.

Brine Garden Entry Gate Keynote speaker, Duncan Brine’s 6-acre garden in Pawling, NY    © gardenlarge

Start the gardening season by joining the enthusiasm of the Putnam County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden School on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Emergency Training & Operations Center, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel, NY.

Pre-registration is going on now. Call 845-278-6738. The fee is $40 per person. (Continental breakfast provided. Please bring your own lunch.) Registrations are taken until the day before the event and walk-ins are welcome. For more about keynote speaker Duncan Brine, go to