Celebrate the Arrival of Spring at Hill-Stead’s May Market!
May Market is Hill-Stead’s annual home, garden and gourmet benefit event featuring premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, entertainment, children’s activities, food, and a museum open house.
May Market’s spacious west lawn tent and many indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event, while our children’s craft activities, Hops & Vines tastings, Museum Open House, and a variety of demonstrations promise a fun-filled weekend for everyone. Celebrate spring in the heart of the Farmington Valley while supporting Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails at this much-loved annual benefit event!”
Two-day admission tickets: $15 advance/online, $20 at the gate, children under 18 are FREE.
2018 May Market Events
Shrub Presale To Benefit Hill-Stead
A unique collection of dwarf/compact shrubs – many are new for 2018. Specimen quality plants have been selected for pollinator attraction, color, ease of care and will enhance both new and established gardens.
- For more information or to place an order, download the Shrub Presale Order Form
- Plants can only be purchased through the pre-sale!
- Purchases available for pickup on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7pm & Friday, May 4 from 9am-2pm.
Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden
Your May Market admission includes free tastings with popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event, sited in Hill-Stead’s beautiful Sunken Garden, is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young philanthropists who share a love of art and culture. You must be 21 and older and ID is required.
May Market will host more than 60 select “home, garden and gourmet” exhibitors in a spacious festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds. Browse a beautiful collection of hand-crafted baskets, soaps, pottery, stationary, jewelry and couture accessories, textiles, garden ornaments, linens and original artwork, specialty teas, spices, honey and much more. Gardeners, in particular, will delight in the carefully curated collection of specialty plants and shrubs on offer.
The Museum’s Hill-Steaders volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit volunteer-curated Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, to browse donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery. Visit The Hill-Steaders Monet’s Express tables to enjoy amazing sweets and treats. New this year: visit Hillstead.org/____ to pre-order exclusive dwarf perennials selected especially for you by master gardeners on the Hill-Steaders’ perennials committee.
Enjoy a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs and kid-friendly food. May Market admission is free for children 17 and under.
learn how to tie a scarf, ice your cupcakes, prune your rosebushes, paint furniture and create the perfect floral arrangement at hourly demonstrations on the historic Veranda. Learn about pollinator plants at booth-side talks, and enjoy a book-signing with golf journalist and expert Anthony Pioppi, author of To the Nines, The History of The Minikahda Club Golf Course and the newly-released The Finest Nines, North America’s Best Nine-Hole Golf Courses.
Seasonal Catering, Culteavo, Chet’s Italian Ice, Hill-Stead’s volunteer-run Monet’s Express tables, and an exciting variety of exhibitors selling specialty tea, olive oil, exquisite baked goods, salts and spices, artisan cheese and more will delight the gourmet in you. Hill-Stead is pleased to welcome Seasonal Catering of Milford, CT this year, whose chef, Jim Calkins, will anchor festival food offerings with a fabulous farm-to-table menu.
Tour the museum at your leisure, taking in the beauty of Hill-Stead’s French Impressionist masterpieces. The weekend’s special Open House format will allow you to linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt. Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these incredible paintings in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.
May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.