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“Trade Secrets” in the Litchfield Hills

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Nearly 60 vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the northeast region of the United States will be setting up their wares May 14, 2011, under the tents at LionRock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut, for the 11th annual “Trade Secrets”.

This event in the Litchfield Hills offers garden plants and topiary from specialized growers and small nurseries, as well as unusual accessories, furniture, statuary, fencing and garden antiques.

On the second day, May 15, 2011, visitors can tour five gardens rarely open to the public:


  • The Falls Village garden of John Rosselli and Trade Secrets founder, interior designer Bunny Williams, featuring the mock-coliseum pool house, heirloom apple trees in bloom, wild-flowers, a woodland pool, a birdhouse “village,” and a sea of tulips and bulbs.

  • The private garden of author and noted garden designer Lynden Miller, who is responsible for the Conservatory Garden and rejuvenated Bryant Park in New York City. Her personal garden features mixed herbaceous borders of perennials and shrubs in lovely hues, a day lily walk, a flowering meadow with mowed paths, a woodland garden, a raised herb garden and a cottage garden for unusual plants.

  • Hodgson-Garden/Holabird House Garden in Falls Village includes three acres of perennials, bulbs, cutting, vegetable and herb gardens planted with tiers and rustic fencing,

  • Cobble Pond Garden in Sharon, a vintage Olmsted Brothers landscape designed for strolling, features clipped conifers, walled gardens bursting with bulbs and spring blossoms, an apple orchard, and viburnums and wisteria at their peak.

  • Old Farm Nursery in Lakeville with five acres of garden rooms with extensive plantings that include a large kitchen and herb garden, perennial borders, a fruit tree allée, a formal boxwood-lined white garden, a woodland shade garden featuring a Japanese maple collection, and a secret garden with a swimming pool.

Proceeds from “Trade Secrets” go to Women’s Support Services, a regional non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence in the northwest corner of Connecticut.

The antique and plant sale is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14; tickets are $35. The tour of five gardens on May 15 costs $70. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2011. And, Road Trips Gardeners if you’re really committed, “early buying” tickets are available for $100 that include early admittance to the sale with continental breakfast.

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