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“I recently completed a formal garden on the west side of my home. It is fairly shaded from the morning sun and is the perfect place to have weekend brunches. Sitting amidst boxwoods and roses lends a sense of formality to a casual dining experience.”

— Daniel Contelmo, Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie


“I love to host casual dinner parties in my vegetable garden. Each couple ‘sponsors’ a course, and I make a menu for the evening on a chalkboard. For ease, I like to make a signature cocktail and keep the pitcher close to the table. Everybody loves the personal connection that comes from sitting around our old wooden picnic table surrounded by the plants that produced the food on the table, and of course the great company!”

— Melissa Adams Gruber, Adams Interior Design, Hopewell Junction


“Go big on dessert time! Have pie, ice cream, and bowls and bowls of mixed berries. Buy your shortcake, biscuits, lemon tart, or fruit pie; that makes it easier. Keep it all super seasonal and hyper-local.”

— Ned Kelly, Ned Kelly & Company, Piermont

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