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.

Hidden Gardens Tour
This year our self-guided garden tour on June 17 will feature a collection of private gardens located in Spencertown, Ghent and 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.

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. Sparkling beverages 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 Ron Kujawski, author of The 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. Unusual plants, vintage garden décor, containers, furniture and more will be presented by 20 plus dealers. The aim of the market is to offer the rare and the unexpected at affordable prices. Admission is free.

Free gardening demonstrations will offered in the afternoon at the Market and a hands-on workshop to make your own Hummingbird-Friendly Planter to take home will be offered for a fee.