For the past 15 years, Bunny Williams has hosted Trade Secrets, a two day garden event, that to many, has become the preeminent garden experience in the Northeast. Held at the bucolic Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, CT, there were garden tours (including Bunny and John Rosselli’s garden), a talk and book signing by Bunny and rare plant and garden antique vendors.
When my friend, Ted Kennedy Watson, called to ask if I wanted to join him, I knew this was not to be missed. Experiences such as this are so much more fun when you can do them with a friend!
We arrived early, just after 8am, and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast before making the rounds to all the vendors. As the event is outdoors and under tents, everyone was in casual attire and comfortable footwear. We noticed that the line got noticeably longer around 10am, as did the line of cars waiting to get in….so, arriving early is key!
We ran into Bunny early on and said hello. That alone was worth the drive!
Another highlight was meeting famed potter, Guy Wolff, who was catapulted to another level once his work was highlighted by Martha Stewart.
Guy has designed and produced garden pottery for many of America’s most prestigious estates, botanical gardens, museums and historic homes, including the U.S. Botanical Gardens, The White House, Monticello, Martha Stewart and the New York Botanical Gardens.
I came away with a couple of treasures and the desire to return again!