Trade Secrets Coming Up – May 13,14

DSC_0207-686x1024For the past 2 years, I have delighted in attending Trade Secrets, the quintessential rare plants and garden antiques show, conceived of by Bunny Williams! Located at the bucolic Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, CT, selected vendors display thier plants and garden accessories under tents and out in the open.

This year, I will sadly miss the event, but want to encourage you to make the trip if you can! This year it is on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th and 14th. The sale will happen on the 13th and the private gardens tour will occur on the 14th. The garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli is among the gardens you can tour.

My advice is get there EARLY! Wear wellies or shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. And, come ready to have fun! If you want to grab a yummy lunch, I love the White Hart Inn in nearby Salisbury.

Here are a few shots from my last visit.DSC_0209-676x1024 DSC_0213-685x1024 DSC_0219-685x1024 DSC_0220-685x1024 DSC_0221-850x1024DSC_0259-1024x685 DSC_0222-685x1024 DSC_0227-685x1024 DSC_0254-1024x685If you love to garden, this event is not to be missed! Give Bunny my best!


Bunny Williams – A House By The Sea

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-52-19-pmOnce again, renown interior designer and author, Bunny Williams delights and inspires by sharing her special brand of design…this time in her new book, A House By the Sea, which walks us through the creation of her home, La Colina, in the Dominican Republic.

Introduced to this tropical paradise by her friend, Oscar de la Renta, Bunny and her husband, noted antiques collector and dealer, John Rosselli set about designing and building the home of their dreams.

What makes this gorgeous book more than just a book full of beautiful pictures is the amount of detail that Williams shares about not only the design/building process, but how she set the house up and utilizies it for hosting numerous guests. While anyone who dreams of living near the water will be enthralled with the book, many of the tips that Bunny shares can be applied in very practical ways to living in any type of home.

In addition to essays by Bunny, the book includes observations and first person accounts from a slew of talented friends who have had the privilegeof staying there. Architect Gil Schafer details the villa’s design, Page Dickey shares thoughts on the garden design and cookbook author Jane Garmey revels in the pleasures of meals not to be missed.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-47-52-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-48-04-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-48-34-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-49-04-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-49-42-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-52-33-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-53-06-pm screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-53-41-pmShort of a personal invitation to La Colina, the reader will feel as if they have been taken on a very intimate tour of Bunny William’s stunning home by the sea.

I wonder if there’s an opening on the cabana staff?!


A Day at Trade Secrets

DSC_0207My 2nd annual visit to Bunny William’s Trade Secrets in Sharon, CT, did not disappoint! We arrived before 8am, with the fog enveloping the landscape. But, as the sun began to peek out and we made our way in line, we spotted Martha (Stewart), Kevin (Sharkey), Bunny (Williams) and a number of other notable faces from the design and garden world.

The set up at Lionrock Farm is pastoral and picturesque. Tents dot the landscape…loaded with rare plants and garden antiques. Breakfast for the “early birds” is set up in the big barn and then you are able to leisurely  roam the grounds in search of the perfect plant or pot.DSC_0209 DSC_0211 DSC_0213 DSC_0216 DSC_0217DSC_0214 DSC_0218 DSC_0219 DSC_0220 DSC_0221 DSC_0222 DSC_0225DSC_0227 DSC_0226 DSC_0228 DSC_0229 DSC_0230 DSC_0236 DSC_0238 DSC_0239 DSC_0240 DSC_0241 DSC_0242 DSC_0243 DSC_0248 DSC_0250 DSC_0251 DSC_0253 DSC_0254 DSC_0256 DSC_0258 DSC_0259 DSC_0260 DSC_0261 DSC_0262 IMG_8929Have I planted the seeds for you to visit next year? I hope so! I’d love to see you there!