2009 Spring

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Whether you want to admire or acquire, the Litchfield Hills are the place for flower lovers this spring. From April through June, changing displays, all free, invite visitors to enjoy lavish fields of daffodils, masses of peonies and beautiful begonias at their best. For shoppers, the Trade Secrets Show and Sale in Sharon on May 16 and 17 is a unique opportunity to see and buy rare plants and garden antiques and to visit prize private gardens.

MASSES OF BLOOMS

Breathtaking daffodil displays are already in bloom at The Laurel Ridge Foundation, where the annual Walk Among the Daffodils takes visitors among thousands upon thousands of blooms swaying in the breeze in natural settings. Daffodils completely carpet the hillsides of this unspoiled landscape over 10 bucolic acres, made all the lovelier with aged stone walls and a sparkling lake dotted with two tiny islands. The blossoms continue through May 1 at the Foundation, located on Wigwam Road, off Rte. 254 in Northfield, near Litchfield.

The 16th Annual Peony Festival at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston is open to the public from May 10 through June 15. The grounds encompass seven acres of fragrant flowering East Asian shrubs, most notably the Chinese tree peony, in a terraced, woodland setting. Some 200 varieties of Chinese tree peonies are expected to peak in mid to late May this year, with different peonies blossoming every week during the festival's five-week period. The gardens are open to the public free Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five acres of changing display gardens featuring bulbs and blooms of all kinds are open to the public beginning in April at White Flower Farm in Litchfield, one of the nation's finest growers of perennial plants. June is the peak month for perennials, and the time when the oversize blooms to be seen in the Tuberous Begonia House will be at their most spectacular. Everyone is invited to a free Open House celebrating the season on June 20, when iced tea and cucumber sandwiches will be served on the lawn around 2:30 p.m. The gardens, located at 167 Litchfield Road (Route 63), are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through October.

TRADE SECRETS' RARE TREASURES

This year's 9th annual Trade Secrets show and sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Lion Rock Farm in Sharon from 10 am to 3 pm. Nearly 60 vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the Northeast will be on hand with truckloads of treasures including hard-to-find specimens of flowers, bulbs, herbs, shrubs, and more. Garden antiques dealers will show one-of-a-kind outdoor furniture, wrought-iron fencing and statuary. Other wares for sale will include vintage and modern textiles, garden books old and new, and some novelty surprises for the garden.

On Sunday, May 17, 2009, from 10am to 4PM, four exquisite private gardens offering ideas and inspiration for home gardeners will be open to visitors. They include the 15-acre Falls Village estate of interior designer Bunny Williams, the founder of Trade Secrets. Other gardens on tour belong to Nancy McCabe in Falls Village, Old Farm Nursery in Lakeville and Michael Trapp inWest Cornwall.

Tickets to the events, which are benefits for Women's Support Services, are $35 for the sale, and $50 for garden tours if bought in advance. Tickets are $60 on the day of the tour.

For more information on gardens and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest CT Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.