Hidden Gardens

This annual celebration of the art of the garden takes place June 16 and 17. 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.
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Hidden Gardens Tour

This year our self-guided garden tour on June 17 from 10am to 4pm will feature a collection of 6 private gardens located in Spencertown, Ghent and N. Hillsdale plus the gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop, her historic home in Austerlitz.

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.

Also included on the tour are an exquisite private garden in Spencertown and a naturalist’s garden in Ghent (Harlemville). The four additional locations in North Hillsdale include the grounds of a historic B&B, a landscape designer’s garden, a charming 18th century home with lush edible and flower gardens, and a country house with a parterre, pond, and extensive perennial and edible gardens. The tour will take place rain or shine.

Twilight in the Garden Party

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 June 16. New friends meet and old ones greet at this festive kick-off to the summer season. Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a scrumptious light supper are served.

Garden Lecture

The day starts with a Continental breakfast of home baked goodies while you enjoy an illustrated lecture by plant expert Ron Kujawski. To many veteran vegetable gardeners, mid-June may seem late for starting the garden. It’s never too late! This presentation will include some basic information on preparing the garden for planting, planting tips, how to make up for lost time, and planning for fall harvests. Ron’s seasonal column, “Garden Journal,” appears in the Berkshire Eagle as well as several other New England newspapers. He and his daughter, Jennifer, authored the book, Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season.

Garden Market on the Green

This lovely outdoor marketplace will be held on the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy on June 17. 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 will include an ice cream sundae booth, grilled burgers, hot dogs and sausages prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company, and salads 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.

In addition, the Garden Market will host two educational opportunities. At 12:00pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and Educator Lisbeth Karlsson will give a free talk about invasive vs. native species in the garden. At 2:00pm, Zema’s Nursery will lead a workshop on how to make your own hummingbird-friendly planter. Advance registration for participation in this workshop is required, as space is limited; tuition is $65 (including all materials). Pre-made Zema’s hummingbird planters will also be for sale.