For the past eleven years, Trade Secrets has brought garden-lovers from around the world to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut to discover new plants, topiary, and antiques for their gardens. This year is no exception with nearly 60 vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the northeast region coming to set-up their wares under the tents at the picturesque LionRock farm. With their truckloads of rare garden plants and unusual accessories – those kind of unique treasures that you might search a lifetime for – they’ll descend upon LionRock to offer garden lovers a day of pure treasure hunting! Shoppers can find rare plant specimens from specialized growers and from some of the nation’s best known small nurseries, as well as furniture, antiques, cloches and garden statuary from the choicest purveyors of garden antiques, wrought-iron fencing, textiles from select antiques dealers, and so much more.
Sunday’s garden tour boasts five gardens this year. The Cobble Pond Garden in Sharon, CT, the HodgsonGarden ~ Holabird House in Falls Village, CT, the Miller Garden in Sharon, CT, Old Farm Nursery in Lakeville, CT and Bunny Williams’ Garden is back by popular demand
Women’s Support Services (WSS): Annually for the past ten years, the funds from Trade Secrets have gone directly to support the Women’s Support Services, a regional non-profit organization celebrating its 30th year in the northwest corner of Connecticut, and offering free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence. WSS offers a 24-hour Hotline, financial grants to clients for emergency needs, and sponsors violence prevention programs in the community.
One of the few events that goes on to my calendar a year in advance is Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antique Show in Sharon, CT. Why? Because I find amazing varieties of plants, meet all kinds of extraordinary gardeners and find many antiques and tools for my own garden. It’s exciting, very beautiful and benefits the Women’s Support Services in northwest CT – a most worthy cause.” — Martha Stewart