15th Annual Hidden Gardens Events

Artful Landscapes 2019

Annual Garden Gallery Show
Gardens of Delight
Saturdays and Sundays, May 18-June 16, 1:00-5:00pm

Visitors experienced the sensory pleasures of wandering through “Gardens of Delight,” a unique visual arts celebration of spring. The show featured the work of seven invited artists from NY, MA and CT. The artwork depicted sumptuous, as well as playful garden imagery. The artists used styles ranging from Realism to Impressionism and Abstraction and the media was also varied and exciting.

Twilight in the Garden Party
Friday, June 14, 6:00-9:00pm

The Academy’s annual Twilight in the Garden Party was held at Meg and Bill Stratton’s elegant and gracious 1845 Greek Revival home in Spencertown, NY. The house, pool, and newly constructed rustic party barn were surrounded by shade trees and grassy meadows that gave way to wooded areas beyond. New friends met and old ones greeted each other at this festive start to the summer season. Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a scrumptious light supper were served.

Garden Lecture and Continental Breakfast
Saturday, June 15

Doors opened at 8:30am. Lecture began at 9:00am.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of.
“Growing Cut Flowers for your Garden and Home” with Jenny Elliot of Tiny Hearts Farm. Who can live without a cutting garden? Jenny Elliott, owner and lead grower at Tiny Hearts Farm in Copake, NY, can’t, which is why she grows 8 acres of specialty cut flowers every season!

In this talk, attendees learned what they can do now to incorporate cut flowers into all sizes and styles of gardens (or gardens-to-be), including soil needs, plant types and variety choices, and what/where you should buy starter plants in June. She’ll went into what to look for in cutting plants (grown and foraged!), planting and maintenance, as well as how to get the most out of your plants to bring beautiful cut flowers into your home all season long.

Lecture tickets are now available.

Hidden Garden Tour
Saturday, June 15, 10:00am-4:00pm

Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 day of.
The centerpiece of the Hidden Gardens weekend was the self-guided tour celebrating the art of the garden on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tour showcased six private gardens in the hamlets of Spencertown and Old Chatham, NY. A variety of garden styles were on display on the tour: the perennial, herb, and pool gardens of a 1770s center hall colonial home ornamented with rustic fencing, pergolas, and arbors; a recently installed meadow with 1000 native plants; a cloistered rose garden and formal courtyard parterre; a productive kitchen and cutting garden; a charming retreat featuring an award-winning design; a two hundred-acre former horse farm with an English courtyard garden, multiple ponds, sweeping views, and massive islands of perennials, specimen trees, shrubs, and more. Day-of garden tour tickets and maps were available from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Academy and at the Garden Market on the Green.

Garden Tour tickets are now available.

Garden Market on the Green
June 15, 9:00am-2:30pm

Free admission.
The market showcased more than 20 vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice, plus shoppers found bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. A percentage of all sales benefitted the Academy. Food trucks were on hand offering breakfast and lunch choices including Arturo’s at Micosta with crepes, coffee, fruit salad, organic juices, and vegetarian quesadillas, and Larry’s Food served breakfast sandwiches and jerk chicken with rice and veggies, as well as an ice cream sundae booth staffed by Academy members.

Vendors and Dealers

  • Antiques at Seven Oaks Interior and outdoor decorative items, custom pillows, vintage smalls, and outdoor furniture.
  • Battle Hill Forge Hand-forged decorative and functional metal designs including unique sculptures, stakes, trellises, plant supports, garden accents and custom fencing. 
  • Brenda Bertin Tile making – decorative handmade glazed trivets, plaques, and border tiles. 
  • Centerline Construction Quality handcrafted outdoor and custom furniture.  
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners:Garden advice and questions answered. 
  • David Dew Bruner. Art, antiques, flea market finds and garden objets. 
  • Grant House Press Letterpress printing: greeting cards, garden journals, note pads, etc.  
  • Helia Native Nursery Wild-harvested and organically propagated native perennial plants, shrubs, and trees and seeds. 
  • Hort and Pott. Uncommon Goods Bespoke botanical art and craft, and interior and exterior garden décor elements. 
  • Hudson Valley Fiber Arts Martha Belardo’s whimsical and charming felted wool critters, fairies and botanical wonders. 
  • MBR Darcy Dirtworks Residential construction and landscaping. 
  • Micosta Food Truck Vegetarian breakfast and lunch including crepes, burritos, juices and pie a la mode. 
  • New Leaf Tree Service Tree service and specialty stone masonry. 
  • Pondside Nursery Uncommon ornamental plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.  
  • Pro Sharp Mobile Sharpening Sharpens knives and garden tools on site. 
  • Rustic Woodcraft Handcrafted red cedar arbors, pergolas, railings and furniture including chairs and settees. 
  • Sampaguita Custom Jewelry Garden-themed soap and bath products, floral bracelets and earrings. 
  • Savor Delicious sweet and savory shortbread cookies. 
  • Spencertown Academy White Elephant & Garden Book Sale Used but choice garden paraphernalia, new and used garden books. All proceeds benefit the Academy. 
  • Tom Kenny Hand-turned wood bowls, from tree to table, a variety of woods are converted into one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art for the table. 
  • Toolin’ Around Unique bird houses from antique & repurposed materials. 
  • Trick for Treat Handmade dog collars and leashes. 
  • What’s Really Good Larry Walker Food Service: BBQ chicken, pulled pork, cornbread and sides. 
  • Zema’s Nursery Outstanding resource for Berkshire and Columbia County gardeners offering quality annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.