Building Community Through the Arts

19th Annual Hidden Gardens Events 2023


May 27-June 25, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

Our annual spring invitational “The Garden of Earth,” guest curated by Kelly Kynion, focuses on the natural environment as a source of beauty and imagination. The show features works on paper in various media by seven Hudson Valley-based artists: Bruce Bundock, Mary Flinn, Lynn Palumbo, Lydia Rubio, Susan M. Story, Marianne Van Lent and Carrie Waldman.

Twilight in the Garden Party
Fiesta de Jardín

Saturday, June 17, 5:00 to 8:00pm

This year’s traditional kick-off to the start of summer will feature a Mexican-themed menu with passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres and a delicious buffet supper. Festive beverages will be provided by Jeremy Kenny’s mobile Higher Bar (bartender extraordinaire, formerly of Rouge). Live music will be provided by Rob Fisch and the silent auction will have some wonderful offerings for your bidding pleasure.

This popular annual party will once again convene outside on the bucolic grounds of Old Austerlitz, so we can safely sally forth and raise a glass to the coming season with our friends and neighbors, old and new. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Bronze Trowel: $125/pp – Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner
  • Silver Trowel: $175/pp – Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, program listing, one ticket to the Garden Tour (Saturday, June 24)
  • Golden Trowel: $250/pp – Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, program listing, two tickets to the Garden Tour (Saturday, June 24)

Hidden Gardens Tour

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 4:00pm

The 19th annual Hidden Gardens Tour celebrates local artful landscapes. The glory of late spring and the promise of summer beauty will be on full display at the host properties in Columbia County, NY. This year the gardens are located in Spencertown, Austerlitz, Hillsdale and Copake. Revel in magnificent views and vistas at two of the gardens perched atop Taconic hills. A 180-acre farm boasts an authentic Japanese Tea House and Zen Garden. Have dry shade? See how one host has successfully conquered this difficult gardening challenge. There is a range of landscape styles and many delightful surprises one can only see and appreciate when you enter the grounds of these private residences. Please join us and take advantage of this chance to be inspired by artful hidden gardens.

Advance Sale Tickets are $35 and day-of tickets are $40. Day-of tickets will be sold at the Academy and at the Market on the Green starting at 9:00am.

The gardens will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Market on the Green

Saturday, June 24, 9:00am to 2:30pm

The market will take place, as always, on The Green in the center of Spencertown. More than 20 vendors will showcase offerings of flowers, plants, vintage and new home and garden furnishings, pottery, crafts, and garden books. Shoppers will be serenaded by the live music and find bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. The Spencertown Volunteer Firemen will be serving up delicious breakfast sandwiches and grilled burgers and hot dogs. Frankie’s Coffee Truck will be on hand serving delicious coffee, teas and their famous baklava. A percentage of all sales benefit the Academy.

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