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Garden Conservancy Open Days program Sept. 14

Garden of Linda Horn purple love grass and gentian.
September 11, 2019 11:35 am

SPENCERTOWN — The public is invited to tour the Landscape of Linda B. Horn, 5015 County Route 7, Spencertown, through the Garden Conservancy Open Days program, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14

The Open Day is rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Admission is $10; children 12 and younger are free.

An additional Digging Deeper event takes place nearby at 4 p.m., “The Scent of a Garden – At Home in the Hudson Valley,” with Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, founders of the eponymous apothecary and perfumery Malin+Goetz, in Hudson. Pre-registration is required for the Digging Deeper event and additional fees apply. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit for information.

At the Landscape of Linda B. Horn, the restoration of this landscape has been the goal of Horn’s for 15 years. There are four restored ecosystems: wetlands, waterfall, domestic area of native grasses, and woodland. The last section of restoration was started last fall with eliminating dead trees and then new seeding. This year goldenrod was weed wacked and new trees planted. The landscape was featured in the September 2017 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with a 5-page spread. Native restoration workshops have been held here through the Columbia Land Conservancy, Spencertown Academy, and Berkshire Botanical Garden. GARDEN EXTRA: Horn will exhibit a collection of her own prints of native insects, which includes nearly 80 prints created over a 20-year period.

A separate event, “The Scent of a Garden – At Home in the Hudson Valley,” takes place at 4 p.m. at the home of Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz in Hudson. Registration is $40 for Garden Conservancy members, $50 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Directions to the Malin+Goetz garden will be shared with registered guests only.

Scent is a powerful trigger for memories. Evoking those shared by gardeners, Malin and Goetz launched Stem, a new fragrance inspired by their 9-acre garden. Join Malin, Goetz and the landscape architect and gardener who help them to tour this memorable landscape and discuss design ideas, big and small, that guests can carry home. Taking cues from the regional landscape and their assemblage of Hudson Valley buildings spanning four centuries, they have created gardens to ground the structures. Explore the herb garden, vegetable garden, multiple patio areas, walled sunken garden, developing orchard, berry garden, and meadow and woodland walks. Finish with a glass of wine and a spritz of MALIN+GOETZ Stem.

All Open Days gardens are featured in the 2019 Open Days Directory, a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid garden descriptions written by their owners, plus a complimentary ticket for admission to one private garden. The directory includes garden listings in 14 states and costs $25, 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 608, Garrison, NY 10524. Discount admission tickets are available as well through advanced mail order.