Earlier this month I was fortunate to join hundreds of garden and design lovers for Trade Secrets garden tour. The two day garden tour was a must attend event. Saturday, garden enthusiasts will find rare plant specimens from specialized growers and some of the nation’s best known small nurseries; and furniture, antiques, cloches, wrought iron fencing, garden statuary and so much more from the choicest purveyors of garden antiques. Sunday’s garden tour included four superb Litchfield Connecticut gardens; the rarely visited home garden of Michael Trapp; Carolyne Roehm’s “Weatherstone”; the extensive plantings, farmland and barns at “Old Farm Nursery”; and Bunny Williams’ and husband John Rosselli’s beloved garden.
Saturday was my son’s college graduation; therefore I was unable to attend the plant sale. I rented a car and planned my escape early Sunday morning for the two hour drive to Connecticut. Designer Marina Case met me in Falls Village, CT and we continued the tour together. This was my second year attending the Trade Secrets Garden Tour.
Founded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for Women Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. The mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.
I had visited the house, gardens and pool in the previous year’s tour. Filled with excitement to be in Bunny’s and John’s home again I could hardly contain myself. We headed to the Studio which was a short walk through the orchard and to the right of the pool. It was a space filled with natural light, with floor to ceiling windows on the second floor of the studio and beautiful views of the orchard and mountains from the terrace. A mix of modern art and lighting blended together with traditional elements to make the perfect recipe for a beautiful country retreat. Sit back and enjoy!
From the concrete polished floors to framed pressed flowers, Bunny and John show us that homes are for living, for sharing, and for making happy memories. Sadly not all women and children experience peace and tranquility at home. Join me and take action in support of Women’s Support Services here. Thanks for stopping by!