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!

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Bunny Williams’ Trade Secrets

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!

Have you heard of or been to Trade Secrets before? I’d love to know!! It’s certainly not a secret any more!!!