MAY IS FAST APPROACHING! MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NORTHEAST’S GARDEN EVENT OF THE YEAR – TRADE SECRETS!
Explore Beautiful Gardens and See the Latest “Must Haves” at Trade Secrets 2014 Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale and Help Raise Money to End Domestic Violence
Sharon, CT, December 18, 2013 – A local tradition of the best kind and the envy of garden lovers everywhere, Trade Secrets, the Northeast’s garden event of the year, is gearing up for its 14th season on May 17 and 18, 2014. The ever-popular two-day event, a fundraiser for Women’s Support Services (WSS), a non-profit organization that provides services to persons in the northwest corner of Connecticut who have experienced domestic violence or abuse, includes the rare plant and garden antiques sale on Saturday followed by a day of garden tours on Sunday.
For garden lovers, Trade Secrets weekend is a chance to explore “to die for” gardens and to see the latest “must haves” for your garden! Each year more than 1,400 plant and garden antiques lovers from around the world make their annual trek to the northwest corner of Connecticut in search of new plants, new ideas, and topiary and antiques for their gardens.
“I look forward to this weekend every year,” said Bunny Williams of Bunny Williams Inc., one of the world’s largest and most prestigious design firms. Williams founded Trade Secrets 14 years ago when she offered to hold a small plant sale to support WSS.
“I have watched this event grow from a fledgling garden sale in my backyard to an event that includes some of the finest rare plant and antiques dealers. For a country event in the northwest corner of Connecticut to attract the number of people it does is wonderful. Trade Secrets has gotten better and better each year, and it’s never lost its momentum thanks to all its supporters and dedicated volunteers,” added Williams.
Martha Stewart makes her annual pilgrimage to Trade Secrets, too. “I love Trade Secrets and look forward to going every year,” said Stewart.
On Saturday, May 17th, with their truckloads of rare plants and unusual accessories – those kind of unique treasures that you might search a lifetime for – approximately 60 plant vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the northeast region will set-up their wares under the tents at Elaine LaRoche’s picturesque LionRock farm in Sharon, CT.
A day to “shop till you drop,” garden enthusiasts will find rare plant specimens from specialized growers and some of the nation’s best-known small nurseries, as well as furniture, antiques, cloches, wrought iron fencing, garden statuary and so much more from the choicest purveyors of garden antiques.
Regular buying tickets for Saturday’s sale are $40 from 10am to 3pm. For those early-birds who want to be the first to the sale, “early buying” tickets are available for $125 and include continental breakfast and 8am admission to the event.
On Sunday, May 18th, Bunny Williams’ garden and three unique and intimate gardens in Cornwall, CT, will be open for the Trade Secrets’ garden tour.
Bunny Williams’ garden is back for the 14th year by popular demand. This is a great opportunity for eavesdropping on Williams’ and husband John Rosselli’s affair with their house – and if you are lucky enough to arrive at just the right time, you just might find Bunny Williams in the garden to greet you.
The Cornwall gardens on tour this year will amaze you. They are steeped in history and include a renovated 18th century gristmill, a beautiful rugged hillside home, and the most elegant 1836 Greek Revival-style home that was once owned by prominent long-time Cornwall resident Colonel Dwight Wellington Pierce.
All of these gardens have owners who were intimately involved in helping create and maintain them. They also had a hand from some other wonderful Cornwall gardeners including architect and preservationist, Tiziana Hardy; Linc & Laura "Timmy" Foster, best known for their classic work Rock Gardening; Ruth Gannett; Hattie Root; northwest Connecticut garden designer Mary Daalhuyzen; American industrial designer and sculptor, Tim Prentice; and Peter Del Tredici, an American botanist and author, senior research scientist at Arnold Arboretum, and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
“These exceptional private Cornwall gardens will be open to inspire you,” said Lori Rivenburgh, WSS Executive Director. “This is an opportunity to experience some magical and historic gardens hidden away in the countryside.”
You can tour the four gardens on Sunday, May 18th from 10am – 4pm for $70 ($60 in advance). Advance tickets for the sale and garden tour will be available starting April 1, 2014.
For more information on Trade Secrets or to purchase advance tickets please call (860) 364-1080 or visit tradesecretsct.com.