Art House Upstate Films, Woodstock
A documentary by photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman, Art House explores the phenomenon of artists designing and crafting their own homes. The film reveals how artists apply the creativity and inventiveness of their respective disciplines to construct houses, allowing themselves to live inside their art. Freeman profiles such famous homes as Frederic Church's Olana, Henry Mercer's Fontill, and the Woodstock artists' colony Byrdcliffe. The film will screen at 2pm.
Morning Light Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
The creation of artist Walter Beck and his landscape architect, Lester Collins, Innisfree Garden is a vision of 20th-century design. Arrive one hour before sunrise for special opportunity to admire and photograph the garden's flowers in the golden morning light—seasonal highlights will include lotus, water lilies, and mallows. Spend the rest of the day strolling the garden's paths, finding peace in its careful balance of water, earth, and sky.
Dutchess County Fair Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
New York's second-largest county fair returns with 162 acres of beautiful themed gardens. The fair's horticulture building, home to some of the most impressive flower and garden shows in the Hudson Valley, will put on a program of events with a "Backyard Paradise" theme this year. Admire the displays of local florists and landscapers, and attend workshops such as "Rainwater Harvesting," "Pond Maintenance," and "Design Ideas for Your Yard or Garden." Open 10am to 10pm daily.
Columbia-Greene Garden Party Ludlow Homestead, Claverack
For celebrity talent agent Brian Swardstrom and actor/writer Peter Spears, restoring historic Hudson Valley estates has become something of a hobby. Their home at the Ludlow Homestead is a stunning example, and this year it will play host to the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York's annual garden party. The upscale event will offer gourmet refreshments, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind items, and the rare opportunity to visit the property and its gardens. 3 to 6pm.