Omgosh – it’s practically Memorial Day weekend and I am still recounting all the wonderful things I saw last weekend! I’ve been posting sporadically this week because I have been taking part in bits and pieces of Blogfest 2012. On Monday afternoon we attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (more on that later!) and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. My favorite room in the show house was by Alexander Doherty Design who designed a space called A Collectors Bedroom.The days were filled with showroom visits and panels with magazine editors, but I had a bit too much work on my plate take part in every aspect of the conference. This month feels like I have been taking loads of playtime – between our trips to Knoxville and Carlsbad to the Brimfield visit and the Blogger Berkshires Roadtrip to Annie Selke’s neck of the woods – I had to draw the line somewhere!There were four gardens open last Sunday for Trade Secrets. I am only featuring three in this post. Sadly, the last one I went to did absolutely nothing for me. I don’t know it if was because the others dazzled me so, or if I was growing hot, tired and ready for a glass of rose. Whatever the case, there is plenty garden design inspiration in these three gardens alone. The first garden I visited was the Hyland-Wente homestead.This home is a prime example of what happens when an architect and a garden designer create a home together. Upon returning home, I learned that they partnered for a series of articles on Taunton’s Inspired House chronicling the story of this project. Worth a look: A House and Garden Are One, Beginning the Design Process, Interior Rooms with Exterior Views, Choosing Finishes and Furnishings, An Earth Friendly House, Gardens with a Casual Formality, Simple Design Details Add Character and InterestThere were so many aspects about the house that spoke to me – in my opinion, it has the perfect combination old and new elements. Not only is it great looking, warm and comfortable but it is modern and clean lined…timeless. It is also an eco-friendly home with passive heat and a side yard of solar panels. The way they have been incorporated into the design of the garden, they almost look like sculptures! Moving on to the Linden Hill Farm…And last but not least, I visited Bunny Williams’ garden. What can I say? It’s even more impressive in real life than it appears in An Affair with a House. There is a vegetable garden, a cutting garden, a greenhouse, an intricate chicken coop, and a garden area where the focal point is a coy pond and behind that you’ll find an entire field full of birdhouses. She has a meandering path through the woods and an incredible pool house sitting up high on the hillside complete with a kitchenette, bathroom, outdoor fireplace and an open-air shower.