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18th Annual Hidden Gardens Events 2022

Gallery Show

Flowers. Fields. Forests. Abstracted

May 21-June 19

Our four curators have chosen four artists, working in different mediums, for this year’s botanical show. More about the gallery show.

Twilight in the Garden Party

Saturday, June 4, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Hidden Gardens: Twilight in the Garden Party on Saturday, June 4, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at Austerlitz Historical Society’s Old Austerlitz grounds (GPS 11550 NY-22 Austerlitz, NY 12017). The Academy’s traditional kick-off to the start of summer will feature pre-packed baskets filled with wrapped homemade and locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and a sweet treat, as well as festive beverages, a silent auction, and live music by Rob Fisch.

This popular annual party will convene outside on the bucolic grounds of Old Austerlitz again in 2022, so we can safely sally forth and raise a glass to the coming season with our friends and neighbors, old and new. Last year’s party was a huge success and the reviews from attendees were universally stellar! We are looking forward to a repeat hit.

Tickets range from $100 to $250 with an array of perks.

Hidden Gardens Tour

June 11, 10am to 4pm

The 18th annual Hidden Gardens Tour is back on schedule for mid-June in 2022. The glory of spring and promise of summer beauty will be on full display at the host properties in Columbia County, NY. There is a wide range of landscape styles and many delightful surprises one can only see and appreciate when you enter the grounds of these residences. Join us to be inspired by visits to four private gardens in Stuyvesant, Valatie and Spencertown.

The historic town of Stuyvesant on the Hudson River is home to two of the gardens. On a former 200-acre dairy farm and apple orchard, an 1890’s Colonial Revival Style home sits atop a hill offering awe-inspiring views of the Hudson River and Catskills. Contemporary architecture employed in the design of a guest house, studio, pool, pool house, and raised-bed vegetable garden contrasts dramatically with the historic original residence to very pleasing effect. The plantings perfectly compliment the entire space without stealing focus from the stunning view. Inland, a quarter mile from the river, a very different garden occupies just 2 acres but boasts a naturalistic meadow, a kitchen garden, shrub borders, a streamside woodland shade garden and vintage barn. Additional stops on the route feature a ca. 1760’s farmhouse anchoring a 20-acre property with an array of rustic outbuildings and towering trees, all of which creates a charming setting for numerous sunny and shady perennial beds and a rock garden nestled in an old barn foundation. And it’s THE perfect time of year to enjoy another historic residence which is home to an Italian-style formal courtyard garden, a walled rose garden, numerous specimen shrubs and trees and a lush perennial-filled flower border.

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

Advance 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.

MARKET ON THE GREEN

Saturday, June 11, 9:00am-2:30pm

The market will take place, as always, on The Green in the center of Spencertown. It will showcase vendors offering plants, vintage and new home and garden furnishings, pottery, birdhouses, crafts, and garden books. Shoppers will 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 hotdogs. A percentage of all sales benefit the Academy.

Garden Talk with Tovah Martin

Saturday, June 18, 11:00am-Noon

Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

Tovah Martin is the author of 16 books on gardening, and a writer, producer, and stylist for many garden stories featured in many prominent national and regional publications and on television. She lectures throughout the country to botanical gardens, garden clubs and industry conferences.

Advance tickets for this illustrated lecture are $15, $20 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

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