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Mark your calendar! Trade Secrets will be held on May 16 & 17, 2015


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Victoria Mag pic.JPGWelcome to Trade Secrets – the two-day garden event that includes a rare plant and garden antique sale on Saturday, May 16, and a four-garden tour on Sunday, May 17.  We are excited this year to be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Trade Secrets, dubbed by many to be the northeast region’s garden event of the year!

Founded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for Women’s Support Services (WSS) of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.   The WSS mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.

Trade Secrets’ 15th anniversary is a milestone!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who over the years have supported the WSS cause and made Trade Secrets such a success.  Thank you to our founder, Bunny Williams, to our gracious host Elaine LaRoche, and to  all the wonderful owners who have, over the past 15 years, opened their gardens for our tour.  To all those who have attended each year, and the many volunteers, businesses, staff and community supporters – without all of you there would not be a Trade Secrets.  Thank you!

This year many of our beloved vendors are returning (along with a few new additions we know you will love!) for Saturday’s rare plant and garden antique sale at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. We have four lovely Connecticut gardens on the Sunday garden tour – including the Trade Secrets’ signature garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli – always a treat!  We assure you this will be the finest Trade Secrets, yet!  We look forward to seeing you in May!

Lori Rivenburgh
Executive Director, Women’s Support Services (WSS)

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An aerial view of  the 2014 Trade Secrets sale at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. This video was taken by Shawn Takatsu of NWA Photo, late afternoon on Saturday May 17, 2014. Thank you Shawn for shooting video and Anne Day for her pictures that Shawn incorporated into the video.