1 Sharon, Connecticut is located in the picturesque Northwest Hills of Connecticut.
2 I was surprised to pass by a herd of Belted Galloway cattle. This is a rare beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in South West Scotland.
3 We arrived at Trade Secrets bright and early and there was already a substantial line waiting at the gate.
4 Nearly 60 vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the northeast region set-up their wares under tents at the picturesque LionRock farm.
5 Posing with Rita Delagado - Women's Support Services Board Member and Trade Secrets Chair
6 And this is Elaine LaRoche, the gracious host and owner of LionRock Farm.
7 I saw this flat of succulents and decided to buy it.
8 I have always loved hens and chicks.
9 These pretty flowers are called camassia - native to British Columbia and are commonly called Camas, Quamash, Indian hyacinth, and Wild hyacinth.
10 This tent had wonderful agaves and other tropicals.
11 My mother had an old picnic tin, just like these.
12 I really liked this set of chairs.
13 There were so many interesting objects to look at.
15 Vine baskets and elegant urns
16 Succulents in cement urns
17 Another fantastic chair
19 Margaret was there signing copies of her new book, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There”.
20 Here I am with Jerry Fritz of Garden Design, Inc. I bought this chartreuse smoke bush - Cotinus Coggygria, Golden Spirit. You should check out the great stuff at Linden Hill Gardens. http://lindenhillgardens.com/
21 Glendale Botanicals is owned by Rob Gennari, an extraordinary gardener and container expert.
22 Bolanum Pyracanthum - Porcupine tomato - Not exactly soft and cuddly!
23 More beautiful tropicals
24 What an amazing leaf pattern on this agave!
26 Another purchase
27 Garden Vision specializes in rare and unusual epimediums.
28 Indeed, they had quite a selection.
29 I love these ground cover plants for dry shady areas.
31 Many varieties of hens and chicks
32 Fabulous bromeliads
34 This tent had great hats!
35 Fancy feathers
36 A hat covered with guinea fowl feathers
37 Many wonderful shapes
38 Now this is a garden hat!
39 It was great to see Bunny Williams again, the renowned interior designer and honorary chair of Trade Secrets.
41 As usual, Guy was there selling his fabulous pots.
43 A trio of volunteers who gather purchases for the shoppers
44 Upon entry to Trade Secrets, you are given a number, assigning you to a staging area where your purchases are taken by volunteers.
45 These are my wonderful purchases