PAWLING, NY: MEMBERS OF THE MAD GARDENERS ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE BRINE GARDEN ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 FROM 12 TO 6 P.M., RAIN OR SHINE.
© Norman McGrath
THE BRINE GARDEN has an old-fashioned ambiance. Explore its 6 acres of naturalistic plantings, enhanced by twin 1920s farmhouses. Visit; receive a property map and an extensive plant list indicating U.S. and Dutchess County natives.
Distant hills are a backdrop to this garden of many parts. Grass and gravel pathways connect ecologically and horticulturally diverse areas. The maturing native plant collection includes an allée of Taxodium distichum (with intriguing knees), groups of Chionanthus virginicus (with drupes), and more than twenty Viburnum (native and non-native). Several hedges of Miscanthus giganteus structure the garden while relating to the Phragmites of this formerly agrarian landscape.
Duncan Brine is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. He and his wife, Julia, are principal designers of GardenLarge, a naturalistic landscape design and installation firm. They began their business in 1984 in Brooklyn, NY, and they have been creating and caring for residential gardens, from New York to Boston, since then. They specialize in native and deer resistant plants, whole property gardens, and invasive plant control.
The Brine Garden appears widely in books, magazines, and newspapers. Read Anne Raver’s New York Times piece on www.gardenlarge.com.
ABOUT MAD GARDENERS
Mad Gardeners are a group of passionate, amateur and professional gardeners in Southern New England. Members of the organization sponsor a yearly landscape symposium, visit each other’s gardens, and are involved in invasive plant control in the region. If you’re interested in becoming a member contact Angela Dimmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual membership is $30 for an individual, $40 for a couple.
THE BRINE GARDEN is in Dutchess County, in the Hudson Valley, at 21 Bluebird Inn Road, Pawling, NY. It’s near the Pawling stop and the Appalachian Trail stop on Metro North’s Harlem Line; only 1-1/2 hours north of New York City. For directions go to GardenLarge visit the website: gardenlarge.com/directions.
“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…”
— Anne Raver
The New York Times
- The Brine Garden is featured as a chapter in Gardens of the Hudson Valley and Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, both published by Monacelli Press.
- Horticulture Magazine, The American Gardener, and Hudson Valley Magazine have featured Brine’s landscape design.
- The Brine Garden is on the cover of Timber Press’ 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants.