The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Invite the Public to Visit the Brine Garden in Pawling on October 13

Dutchess County, NY Open Day

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Invite the Public to Visit the Brine Garden in Pawling on October 13


PAWLING, NY: On Saturday, October 13, visit the private garden of Duncan and Julia Brine in Pawling, open to the public through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, benefitting the Garden Conservancy and Friends of the Great Swamp; children 12 and under are free. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit for more information.

At The Brine Garden, 21 Bluebird Inn Road, Pawling, an emphasis on native plants highlights this naturalistic, six-acre garden and arboretum, which connects ecologically and horticulturally diverse areas. The thirty-three-year-old garden has a maturing plant collection including an allée of bald cypress trees, groups of fringe trees, and more than twenty viburnums (native and non-native), some with showy berries. Several imposing hedges of giant miscanthus grasses structure the areas and relate to the phragmites of this formerly agrarian landscape. You will receive a property map and a plant list which indicates U.S. and Dutchess County natives.

The Brine Garden is a chapter of Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, and Gardens of the Hudson Valley, and is featured in Designer Plant Combinations, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant PlantsHorticulture, andHudson Valley Magazine, among others. Duncan Brine speaks and writes about naturalistic landscape design and he’s an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. See images on

All Open Days gardens are featured in the 2018 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid garden descriptions written by their owners, plus a complementary ticket for admission to one private garden. The directory includes garden listings in eighteen states and costs $25.00 including shipping. Visit or call the Garden Conservancy toll-free at 1-888-842-2442 to order with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or send a check or money order to: the Garden Conservancy, P.O. Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.

The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens. Since 1995, the Garden Conservancy’s award-winning Open Days has welcomed more than one million visitors into thousands of inspired private landscapes – from urban rooftops to organic farms, historic estates to innovative suburban lots – in forty-one states. Digging Deeper – site-specific Open Days special programs – invite participants to take a closer look at the garden world. Hundreds of volunteers help this robust annual program showcase regional horticultural and stylistic expressions in a national context, celebrating the rich diversity of American gardens.


Author: Harlem Valley News