This past weekend we had the pleasure of welcoming Trade Secrets to our sweet New England town of Sharon, Connecticut. I look forward to the the two-day long event every single Spring. No matter the weather -rain or shine- for me it is the event of the year that officially kicks off the Summer season. As a matter of fact, Spring sprung in Northwest Connecticut just last week. I arrived at The Country House on a cold, rainy Friday afternoon to find my Apple Blossoms, Hyacinth and Tulips in full bloom.Day one takes place at the Lion Rock Farm. (You may recall when I wrote about Trade Secrets the past two years here, and here: part 1, part 2, part 3 in 2012, and in 2013 I covered it on instagram as well as on pinterest. BTW: I did the same this year on Instagram using both #TradeSecrets and #TradeSecretsCT.) The show is always a delight. Inspiration for beautifying your garden is everywhere you look. All. Weekend. Long.Most of the garden tour locations are different each year. (Bunny Williams’ garden being the exception.) Her garden is always on the tour, and for very good reason too! Not only is every detail of her homestead incredibly thought through, beautifully executed, and full of delight at every turn, but also because Bunny is the one who is originally responsible for starting this charity event to support Women’s Services in Northwest Connecticut.Day one the fields at Lion Rock Farm are full of vendors that come from far and wide with vintage and new garden furniture, garden follies, and decor items. There are also farmers that set up tents with plants and flowers for sale. This way you can take them home and add a fresh kick to your garden. I am not much of a gardener, but I do appreciate having access to the variety of fantastic antiques and home decor vendors.I am an addict to the Marston House French Linen Farmer’s Smocks. Each year I snag at least three. They are my go-to throw on dress, Summer or Winter with wool tights and a sweater. I adore the super saturated colors that they over dye these antique dresses with. They date back to the 1800’s, are totally comfortable and have great details, like pin-tucks and shearing. This year’s color palette was based on the golden sunset hour of Winter. I got the prettiest lilac one, an indigo-grey one, and a bright acid green one. LOVE. Of course, I was too busy trying on frocks to snap a photo of their exquisitely merchandised tent!