Legendary designer Bunny Williams is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Trade Secrets, the rare plant and garden antiques show she launched from her own backyard two decades ago, with a tour of her own garden on Instagram Live this Sunday, May 17th at 4pm eastern daylight time.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Williams has had to cancel this year's Trade Secrets, which has drawn over 1,000 patrons, hundreds of volunteers, and more than 60 local vendors in recent years.
While Williams hosted the first show at the Falls Village, Connecticut, home she shares with her husband and antiques dealer John Rosselli, she moved the sale portion of the show to LionRock Farm in nearby Sharon, CT, as the show grew larger. On the Sunday following the sale day, Willliams has typically hosted a tour of her garden, greenhouse, barn, and studio.
In lieu of hosting the garden tour this year, Williams will lead a live video tour of her garden along with Trade Secrets co-founder Naomi Blumenthal, head gardener Robert Reimer, and horticulturist Deborah Munson from Williams' Instagram account @bunnys_eye.
Proceeds from Trades Secrets benefit Women’s Support Services, a local organization with a mission to support victims of and prevent domestic violence.
"That revenue, which accounts for between 25%-33% of our operating budget, allows us to directly help victims of domestic violence through counseling, support groups and sheltering," says WSS. "It also funds educational programming for children and adults across the community on healthy relationships."
"The cancellation of Trade Secrets this year also means the loss of Women’s Support Services’ primary fundraiser, and we hope you’ll consider a donation to the dedicated Trade Secrets GoFundMe page we have set up to support WSS, whose services are needed now more than ever," Williams said in announcing the live tour.
For more information on Trade Secrets, Williams' garden, and how you can support WSS, click here.
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