MAY 20th AND 21st, 2017

See you then!!





Welcome to Trade Secrets 2016

Welcome to Trade Secrets better known as the “northeast’s garden event of the year!”  This spectacular two-day garden event brings legions of gardeners (along with Martha Stewart) to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut every spring in support of a wonderful cause -- Women's Support Services (WSS).  This year Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale is on Saturday, May 14, at the lovely LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT., and the Extraordinary Garden Tour on Sunday, May 15

The garden tour features four superb Litchfield Connecticut gardens including the signature garden of Trade Secrets founder, Bunny Williams and her husband, John Roselli – always a treat; Carolyne Roehm’s “Weatherstone”; Pat and Judy Murphy’s “Old Farm Nursery”; and the rarely viewed home garden of Michael Trapp.

On Saturday, Trade Secrets is hosting a special book signing to celebrate three new gardening books:

  • “Outstanding American Gardens; A Celebration – 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy” edited by Page Dickey
  • “At Home in the Garden” by Carolyne Roehm
  • “The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques” from Chanticleer
  • "The Rooftop Growing Guide" by Annie Novak
  • "The Plant Lovers Guide to Magnolias" by Andrew Bunting
  • "Garden Revolution" by Thomas Christopher

We are excited to welcome to our Trade Secrets family some wonderful new vendors this year: 

  • The Sugarplum Antiques from Wilmot, NH
  • Eastern Plants from Bath, ME
  • Ashfield Tools from Ashfield, MA
  • Churchill Building LLC from Lakeville, CT

WebsmBunnyandMartha.jpgFounded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for 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.

What They’re Saying About Trade Secrets

“There are a few events that go on my calendar each year that I consider sacrosanct: my family’s birthdays, my summer vacation in Maine, my Christmas party, my Easter egg hunt and Trade Secrets.”   
Martha Stewart in Martha Stewart Living, May 2015
"What makes the event so appealing to garden lovers — last year it drew 1,200, from as far away as Texas and Canada — is its magnificent hilltop setting, as well as vendors like Campo de Fiori, which specializes in stone troughs and other moss-covered outdoor decorative pieces, left, and a large staff of volunteers to assist visitors."
The New York Times, Jane Garmey, 2009

“Here’s the real secret—and I think we should shout it from the roof tops—this lovely event, hosted by Elaine LaRoche at the magnificent LionRock Farm, fuels the tireless effort of Women’s Support Services to stop domestic violence in our community in all its insidious forms.
That’s right, Trade Secrets is more than a fabulous garden event. It’s a tremendous effort by hundreds of volunteers who support the Women’s Support Services mission. It’s a generous giveback to the region, specifically to those harmed or threatened by domestic violence which affects so many of us or those we know and love.” 
“It's so indulgent, I admit it, but I can't help myself when it comes to attending such an event as Trade Secrets…….”
Matt Mattus, Growing with Plants