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Spencertown Academy Arts Center celebrates Hidden Gardens

June 5, 2019 11:34 am

SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 15th annual Hidden Gardens is scheduled for June 15, with a kick-off garden party the night before.

The theme of this year’s Hidden Gardens Tour is “Artful Landscapes” and shoppers will, once again, find treasures at the Garden Market on the Green. Flower farmer Jenny Elliott will give the annual Hidden Gardens Breakfast Lecture and the “Gardens of Delight” art exhibition will be on display at the Academy.

The festivities begin with the Academy’s traditional Twilight in the Garden Party 6-9 p.m. June 14 at Meg and Bill Stratton’s 1845 Greek Revival home in Spencertown. A silent auction will feature multiple items ranging from a pair of Wave Hill chairs to a delivered truckload of organic garden mulch. Directions will be sent once tickets are purchased. Tickets are $90 in advance, $110 at the door.

Jenny Elliot, owner and lead grower at Tiny Hearts Farm in Copake, will give a talk titled “Growing Cut Flowers for Your Garden and Home” at 9 a.m. June 15 in the Spencertown Academy Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

The centerpiece of the Hidden Gardens weekend is the self-guided tour celebrating the art of the garden 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15. The tour showcases six private gardens in the hamlets of Spencertown and Old Chatham. A variety of garden styles will be on display on the tour.

The tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of; various package rates involving multiple events are also available. To purchase tickets for Hidden Garden events, go to Day-of garden tour tickets and maps will be available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Academy and at the Garden Market on the Green.

The Garden Market on The Green will take place 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 15 at the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy. The market will showcase more than 20 vendors Admission is free.

The “Gardens of Delight”art exhibit featuring works by Stephanie Anderson, Amy Bergeron, Marilyn Orner, Mary Ellen Riell, Laura Shore, Pamela Stoddart, and Marianne Van Lentwill beon display in the Spencertown Academy Arts Center Gallery 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15 1-5 p.m. June 16. Admission is free.

The Academy is located at 790 State Route 203, Spencertown. For information, see www.spencertownacademy.orgor call 518-392-3693.