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JULY 3

Hudson Valley Garden Association Outing: Wethersfield

Wethersfield Farm, Amenia

Join HVGA for a guided tour of the vast three-acre garden at Wethersfield Farm in Amenia. Garden staff will lead the tour through the Italian-inspired three-acre formal garden featuring topiary, terraces, and a sculpture collection. Wethersfield is the 1200-acre former country estate of Chauncey D. Stillman, a noted philanthropist, architectural enthusiast, and heir to a vast banking fortune. Its scenic house and grounds are one of the Hudson Valley's best-kept secrets. 6pm-8pm. (845) 418-3640; Hvga.org

JULY 5

Wildflower Walk

Innisfree Garden, Millbrook

Innisfree Garden, the vision of artist and teacher Walter Beck and landscape architect Lester Collins, is a landmark of 20th-century design. The 185-acre garden invites visitors to find peace as they wander its paths, enjoying a union of modernist aesthetics with traditional Chinese and Japanese gardening principles. On July 5, join Audubon Society naturalist George Petty on a tour of the garden's most beautiful seasonal wildflowers. The tour begins at 11am. (845) 677 8000; Innisfreegarden.org.

JULY 12

10th Anniversary Secret Garden Tour

Saugerties

This year's 10th-annual Secret Garden Tour will feature six private gardens in Saugerties that participants can visit on a self-driven tour. The celebration of the event's 10th anniversary will include a scavenger hunt with prizes, as well as a special fixed-price lunch from the Saugerties Farmers' Market. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club and the Ulster County SPCA. Tickets in advance through July 11, or day of at 201 Washington Avenue. Tours 10:30am to 4:30pm. (845) 246-0710; Village.saugerties.ny.us.

JULY 12

Hidden Gardens of Amenia

Amenia

The Garden Club of Amenia hosts its 17th-annual tour of some of Amenia's hidden, little-known gardens. The tour will feature 15 flower and technical gardens, including East West Bamboo Farm and Olde Forge Organics. Each with its own set of hosts, the must-see gardens promise brilliant palettes and breathtaking Hudson Valley landscapes. Tours begin at Four Brothers Pizza Inn and will run 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Ameniagardens@gmail.com; Ameniagardens.com.

JULY 23-27

HITS-on-the-Hudson Horse Show

HITS Showgrounds, Saugerties

The HITS-on-the-Hudson Horse Show celebrates 10 years in Saugerties. Boasting 10 competition rings, HITS Saugerties welcomes equestrians of all levels—ponies carry tomorrow's stars only a couple rings away from Olympic hopefuls who sit atop some of the sport's most famed horses. Each week, the champions of each division are honored in a special Parade of Champions Ceremony. All proceeds from the gate go directly to Family of Woodstock. 8am-3pm. (845) 246-5515; HitsShows.com.

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