Hidden Gardens

This annual celebration of the art of the garden takes place June 2, 15 and 16. Hidden Gardens presents a full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts. All proceeds benefit the Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

Garden Lecture – June 2

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone and What We Can Do About It?

Enjoy a Continental breakfast of home baked goodies while you experience an illustrated lecture by butterfly expert and environmental activist Maraleen Manos Jones, AKA The Butterfly Woman. She has been raising, tagging and releasing butterflies for over forty years. She was the first non-native woman to find the monarchs’ overwintering habitats in Mexico in 1977 after a two month search in the mountains and has been returning to Mexico ever since working with the mountain people, helping to plant over six million trees around the monarch sanctuaries. She visited the monarchs in Mexico in January 2018 and has up-to-date information about the challenges they face and what we all can do to help protect them. She coordinates the award winning eco-educational Spirit of Butterflies tours to the monarchs in Mexico. Tickets now available.

Twilight in the Garden Party – June 15

In the gardens of Meg and Bill Stratton’s elegant 1845 Greek Revival home at 5178 Route 7 in the heart of Spencertown, new friends meet and old ones greet at this festive kick-off to the summer season. Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting. That is the recipe for the annual Twilight in the Garden Party on Friday, June 15. Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a scrumptious light supper are served. Tickets are now available.

Hidden Gardens Tour – June 16

This year our self-guided garden tour on June 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm will feature a collection of private gardens located in Red Rock and New Concord. Back on the tour this year by popular demand, we also include the gardens at Steepletop, the home of 20th century American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets now available.

Garden Market on the Green – June 16

This lovely outdoor marketplace will be held on the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy on June 16. This year’s market will showcase more than a dozen vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice. Also, shoppers will find bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. Food options include breakfast sandwiches, grilled burgers, and hot dogs prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company, Micosta food truck serving juices, fruit salad and breakfast crepes in the morning and vegetable quesadillas for the lunch crowd and strawberry shortcake served by Friends of St. Peters. The aim of the market is to offer the rare and the unexpected at affordable prices. Admission is free and a portion of all sales benefit the Academy.

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