This annual celebration of the art of the garden took place June 17 and 18. Hidden Gardens presented a full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts. All proceeds benefit the Spencertown Academy
Hidden Gardens Tour
This year our self-guided garden tour on June 18 featured five private gardens located in Spencertown and Kinderhook plus the gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepetop, her historic home in Austerlitz.
The village gardens in Spencertown were tucked away behind houses and privacy screening and once inside visitors delighted in the garden expertise on display within. Each landscape offered a peek into the personal style of the owners and their sense of design as well as their passions for particular plants.
“Galloway Hill” in Kinderhook is situated on 50 acres at the crown of a hill. This contemporary country house was designed to have an effortless and casual elegance. Sliding pocket glass and barn doors allow the structures to open fully to the exquisite landscape, flowing smoothly from architecture to nature and capitalizing on breezes and views to the Catskills and Berkshires in the distance.
Beginning in 1927, on the former site of an ancient barn in Austerlitz, Millay used the existing stone foundations to create “exterior rooms” entered through garden doors. Attendees will be able to visit the restored grounds and gardens at Steepletop as part of their admission to Hidden Gardens.
Twilight in the Garden Party
Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting. That was the recipe for the annual Twilight in the Garden Party on June 17. New friends were met and old ones greeted at this festive kick-off to the summer season. Sparkling beverages and a scrumptious light supper were enjoyed.
This year the party was be held at “Falling Waters” in Spencertown, the historic home of John and Denise Dunne. Stacked stonewalls slicing through rolling green meadows, punctuated by grazing sheep, had guests convinced they are partying at a charming farmstead in the Irish countryside!
The day was started with a Continental breakfast while enjoying an illustrated lecture by Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery. Adam discussed a diverse assortment of plants that show strong resistance to deer browse. These varieties include native plants, as well as some exotics. This event was sponsored by Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington.
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Garden Market on the Green
This lovely outdoor marketplace was held on the Spencertown village green across the street from the Academy on June 18. Unusual plants, vintage garden décor, containers, furniture and more were be presented by 20 dealers. The aim of the market was to offer the rare and the unexpected at affordable prices. Admission was free.
Free gardening demonstrations were offered in the afternoon at the Market: Plants to Attract Butterflies and Planting a Succulent Dish Garden. A hands-on workshop to make your own Hummingbird-Friendly Planter to take home took place at 2:00pm. All materials were provided. Space was limited.