United States of America, New York, Putnam County, Philipstown, Garrison
Wagner Garden (Garrison, New York)
The Wagner Garden 'Linnevold' occupies one acre of a former farm that comprises more than five acres in the Hudson Highlands. The house was at one time a barn on Griffin Farm, built circa 1850 and converted into a residence by former owners in 1946. The informal country garden on a sunny hillside is protected from deer by a seven-foot high fence around the entire perimeter. Old-fashioned roses are featured in the planted beds and on an arbor. Flowering trees and shrubs include magnolia, dogwood, Lady Apple, fruiting and ornamental quince, spirea, hydrangea and azalea.
The owners began their garden by cutting back the surrounding woods in 1961. Grass paths were planted between asymmetrical beds, which may contain wild flowers, herbs, vegetables, or fruit trees in addition to ornamentals. The owners do all the garden work themselves, which included building a greenhouse after a stay in England during the 1970s. The garden is designed for rambling, for aesthetic pleasure, and for the cultivation of food.
The property is located on an historic dirt road that has 18th century milestones. There is evidence that soldiers camped on the property circa 1770.
Persons associated with the garden include: Anna and William Moebus (former owners, 1946-1961).