Hidden Gardens

This annual celebration of the art of the garden will take place June 17 and 18. Hidden Gardens presents a full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts. All proceeds benefit the Spencertown Academy

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Hidden Gardens Tour

This year our self-guided garden tour on June 18 features 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 are tucked away behind houses and privacy screening and once inside visitors will delight in the garden expertise on display within. Each landscape offers 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.
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Twilight in the Garden Party

Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting. That’s the recipe for the annual Twilight in the Garden Party on June 17. Meet new friends and greet the old at this festive kick-off to the summer season while enjoying sparkling beverages and a scrumptious light supper.

This year the party will 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, will have you convinced you are partying at a charming farmstead in the Irish countryside!
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Garden Lecture

Start your day with a Continental breakfast while enjoying an illustrated lecture by Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery. Adam will discuss a diverse assortment of plants that show strong resistance to deer browse. These varieties include native plants, as well as some exotics. This event is sponsored by Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington.
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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 18. Unusual plants, vintage garden décor, containers, furniture and more will be presented by 20 dealers. The aim of the market is to offer the rare and the unexpected at affordable prices. Free Admission

Free gardening demonstrations will be offered in the afternoon and a workshop to make your own Hummingbird Friendly Hanging Basket to take home will take place at 2:00pm. All materials provided. Space is limited, purchase tickets for the workshop here.