2005 Spring Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 800-663-1273 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Garden enthusiasts take notice: May 14-15 are the dates for the fifth annual Trade Secrets sale and garden tour in the Northwest Connecticut town of Lakeville. The sale is a rare chance to visit over 40 important growers and vendors of unique plants and dealers in garden antiques. Anytime flower lovers visit this blooming corner of the state, they can also discover several display gardens filled with ideas that can be adapted to home gardens, plus a host of unusual plant sources. TRADE SECRETS SALE The Trade Secrets sale, slated for Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wake Robin Inn, will offer unusual finds such as fine antique garden obelisks, benches, statuary, Tuscan olive jars, formal French urns, aged terra-cotta planters, architectural elements and more, as well as fuchsia topiaries, heirloom bulbs, cannas, passion flowers and other exotic plants. Two lectures by noted garden designers are scheduled. The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, who is Vice President of the English Royal Horticultural Society and Director of the Museum of Garden History, will talk on "The History of the Garden at Hatfield House." She will be followed at 1 p.m. by Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck of North Hill Design Associates in Vermont, speaking on "Making Eden: the Evolution of a New England Garden." Sunday will feature exclusive tours of three showplace private gardens in the area. Proceeds from Trade Secrets benefit Women's Support Services, an organization aiding victims of domestic abuse. Tickets are $35 for the sale, $10 each for lectures and $50 for the garden tour. Special packages are available for the weekend at the Wake Robin Inn. For more information, phone 860-364-1080 or visit Trade Secrets,website!" FERTILE GROUND FOR GARDENERS Northwest Connecticut is fertile ground for gardeners all spring. In Litchfield, White Flower Farm, known internationally for fine perennials, shows off their best on several acres of splendid display gardens at their home nursery. The Litchfield Horticultural Center also boasts over 30 lovely display gardens from Alpine to Zen and Litchfield Hills Nursery is stocked with herbs, topiaries, roses and garden statuary. Kent Greenhouse and Garden Center is another place to gain ideas from blooming gardens and display beds, while James S. Hosking Nursery in Watertown presents Connecticut?s largest display of indoor and outdoor water gardens. Lauray of Salisbury is a greenhouse focusing on unusual indoor plants, including orchids, cacti, succulents, begonias and gesneriads. Maple Meadows Greenhouse in Terryville offers expertise in exotics such as tibouchina and mandevilla and specializes in individually designed planters and moss baskets. Sweethaven Farm maintains a shop in Salisbury filled with fresh and dried seasonal botanical adornments as well as vintage vases and garden accessories. For a full list of garden sources and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273, or "visit Northwest Connectiucut website!"