Andrew Jackson Downing and the Development of Landscape Design in America

Date: Sunday, March 15 2015

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Hudson Valley Garden Association is excited to host the first annual HVGA Garden Community Lecture in celebration of one of our nation’s earliest and most celebrated landscape designers, Newburgh-native Andrew Jackson Downing, and his 200th birthday in 2015.

We welcome who will present “From Landscape Gardener to Landscape Architect: Andrew Jackson Downing and the Development of Landscape Design in America.”

Dr. Harvey K. Flad will review the life and work of Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852) and his 1841 Treatise on Landscape Gardening in North America. Downing’s gardening principles integrated the picturesque and the beautiful to domesticate the American home. We will examine “Springside,” the summer home of Matthew Vassar across Route 9 from Locust Grove, as a fully documented National Historic Landmark Downing landscape.

Refreshments to follow.

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited, please email if you RSVP but are unable to attend.

Springside Landscape Stroll

Date: Sunday, September 27 2015

Time: 2pm

Springside was the country seat of Matthew Vassar, a prosperous Poughkeepsie brewer and the founder of Vassar College. Springside’s designer, A. J. Downing is often referred to as the father of American Landscape Architecture and today, Springside is the only documented surviving example of his work.

Call 845.454.2060 or please email

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The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing: A Bicentennial Celebration

A Free Conference Open to the Public

Date: Saturday, October 24 2015

Time: 8:30am-4pm

Where: Marist College Student Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Learn more about Andrew Jackson Downing and his influence on landscape architecture, architecture, and art.  Well-known authors and experts in the field will provide a fascinating day.

Follow up with tours on Sunday, October 25th:  10:30am – Poughkeepsie – Enjoy a Walking Tour of Springside with Harvey Flad, Professor Emeritus Vassar College.  1pm – Newburgh – In the Footsteps of Downing walking tour and talk.  For more information

The conference is free; however, please email for more information and RSVP

For more information on The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing conference:

Location:  185 Academy St and Springside Drive Poughkeepsie, NY

Proceeds from the sale benefit the work to protect and restore the Landmark site by Springside Landscape Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


  • Heirloom tomato & other veg. seedlings
  • Culinary herbs
  • Mother’s Day gifts
  • Colorful hanging baskets
  • Native and deer -resistant perennials for sun and shade

Enjoy the carriage trails – free, self-guided walking tour