By Memorial Day weekend, spring has generally sprung in Sharon Springs, so we throw a Garden Party to celebrate its arrival.  We hope that you’ll join us this year.

The festival, right on Main Street in Sharon Springs, runs Saturday and Sunday from 10-5

On both days, over 40 hand-selected artisans will have their goods on display throughout the village, and all of the businesses in Sharon Springs look forward to helping you make the most of the day.  Our friends at Landreth Seed will bring over 5000 seedlings to help jump-start your garden.


Special events on Saturday

At 9:00am join an interdenominational choir for a “Blessing of the Planting” in song in the Chalybeate Temple park in the center of the village.

From  11:00am-noon local artist and stonemason Michael Whaling  will sign copies of his beautiful new book, The Garden Wall At Beekman Farm at The Village Hall Gallery on Main Street.  To read more about this project at the farm, click here

At Noon join the members of the historical society for a tour of historic Main Street in Sharon Springs (meet in front of the Historical Society building on Main Street). There are two other tours scheduled during the weekend (see below listings) so if this gathering is too large, please join a later one.

At 1:00pm rest your feet while listening to the special lecture, Design Inspirations for Small Gardens by our special guest, Steven Whitesell.   Lectures are held in the community room of the Sharon Springs Library.  Seats are limited to 65 people, so come a little early.

Steve Whitesell is a Landscape Architect for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and lives and gardens in Schoharie County. He has BFA and BLA degrees in Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in the History of Decorative Arts, with an emphasis on Garden History, from Bard College.

At 2:00pm join the members of the historical society for a tour of historic Main Street in Sharon Springs (meet in front of the Historical Society building on Main Street)

At 3:00pm, Steven returns to the lectern to discuss “Herbaceous Planting Design”

At 4:30pm,  join us in the fountain courtyard of The Roseboro Hotel (home of  The Beekman 1802 Mercantile) for a special preview performance from the Glimmerglass Festival season.

Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Katherine Henly and Wes Mason perform favorites from opera and musical theater, including a special peek at Annie Get Your Gun.   Representatives from the opera will also be on hand with information on all of the summer’s performances and activities



Special events on Sunday:


At  NOON join former editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living magazine, Margaret Roach, whose website,, is one of the most popular gardening websites in the world, for a discussion on how gardening changed her life.

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $10 at the door of the Community Room of the Sharon Springs Library.   Ticket proceeds and sales of Margaret’s  new book, And I Shall Find Some Peace There, will benefit The Farmers’ Museum.  Click here for more info

From 1:00-2:00pm local artist and stonemason Michael Whaling will sign copies of his beautiful new book, The Garden Wall At Beekman Farm at The Village Hall Gallery on Main Street.  To read more about this project at the farm, click here

At 2:00pm join the members of the historical society for a tour of historic Main Street in Sharon Springs (meet in front of the Historical Society building on Main Street)



The Farm Tour

Note: if you have tickets to tour Beekman Farm on either day, please plan to arrive promptly at your scheduled time.  Bring a print-out of the email notification you received of your ticket purchase.  Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

All guests will be able to help in some of the spring planting at the farm (THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, THE NEXT FARM TOURS WILL BE HELD DURING HARVEST FESTIVAL, SEPT 24 and 25.  Tickets online in June)


Other things to do while visiting:

Visit Sunnycrest Greenhouse and gawk at all of the beautiful things in their greenhouse (just outside the village on Route 10)

Howe Caverns (about 12 miles away) is one of the most extensive cave systems in the world.  There’s even an underground river boat ride!

Visit the incredible Bates Hop House Lilac Farm in Cherry Valley (7 miles down Route 20) with over 100 varieties of lilacs for sale.

Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown

Stop by the world-class Arkell Museum in Canajoharie (about 10 miles down Route 10) and then take a short hike to see the waterfall in Wintergreen Park

Eat something!  Stop by some of these places that you may have seen in the TV show:  The American Hotel, The Black Cat Café, My Sister’s Place Café, Dairyland, and Sharon Tavern

For more information about Sharon Springs and the surrounding area, check out the Enjoy Sharon Springs website.  Click here

by Josh and Brent

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We had such great time this weekend in Sharon Springs. It was great meeting both of you, Farmer John and the goats, Polka Spot, and Doug & Garth at the American. What a wonderfully quaint little town with genuinely nice people. Loved every minute of it. The Beekman Mansion and farm is amazing.

I'm now searching for the perfect spot in my home to hang my new painting, Sweet Silence. It's just beautiful.

You two really are fabulous.


I'm enthralled with the dreaminess of everyone's comment's that are visiting this year. All the activities and visiting sounds like so much fun. I can't wait until my family and I can join one day! Have fun all! Ohhh and Happy Memorial Day!

Abby Lynn Block

Just returned home from the Sharon Springs Garden Party 2011.

I had the most wonderful amazing day!. I visited all the vendors and bought lots of great hand crafted treasures. I got a chance to have a nice chat with Dr.Brent after I loaded up on Beekman 1802 soap and milk shakes!. I took the Beekman Farm Tour given by Josh, Farmer John and Jason which was quite interesting and fun! Polka Spot even let me take her picture!. The day ended with an outstanding meal and wonderful conversation with Garth and Doug at The American Hotel. Sharon Springs is a great place to visit and the people are so warm and friendly! I truly enjoyed myself today, I can't wait to visit again!


Hey guys–and gals–where's the music? While I am the type of person who will appreciate some opera and musical theater just fine, as probably are most of your viewers, I also appreciate a wider range of music, and it being festival about country livin and local craftspeople etc., I'm sure your audience would also appreciate some good old down home folk, country, bluegrass, blues, world, and other types of non-loud music featuring regional musicians.

A thought for the future….


Dr. Brent

There was some lovely music on the porch of the Roseboro today and wonderful hymns in the a.m. at the blessing of the crops


Will the Garden Party be televised? Love the show. Sharon Springs and Beekman Farm are on my "future vacation destination spot list".


The entire cast of The Fabulous Beekman Boys are the best.

Sharon Springs is absolutely beautiful, because of the people and scenery.

Hopefully, you will be back for another season, not a day goes by that I do not watch an episode, or 6 a day.

Kay Boesen

Hello Josh and Brent:

Having watched Michael working on the stone wall (fence)I am delighted to see the pictures of the finished wall. It turned out beautifully and will be a great asset to the farm. Please give Michael my best wishes.

Kay Bo

jo Ann

Hello, Our friends are taking my husband and I to your farm early Saturday and we can't wait. My 11 year old son was planning on going to the festival with us but I don't know if he must have his own ticket for the farm visit(which is sold out) or if there is any concession for children? Please let me know so I can make appropriate arrangements. Thanks & hope to see you both Saturday

Joyce Welch

It seems like all the really cool stuff is too far away…I only wish I could do nothing but travel to all these wonderful events

Andre Jones

Don't forget the Tee Pee on rt 20 famous for their buffalo chili! Can't wait to dress up in my 1840's dress for this event.

Marcia L Clarke

Brent, you certainly are the Event-Planner Extraordinaire! You have wonderful organizational abilities. What a Fabulous itinerary. You boys make Upstate New York almost as fabulous as Connecticut. Actually, Sharon Springs is very much like parts of Connecticut where our family originated.

Jane Spencer

Several of us are coming to the Garden Fest and looking for tickets for the Farm Tour for Saturday, 5/28. Please email me if anyone cannot make it! Thank you so much! We cannot wait to be there! 🙂

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Jamie Desaulnier

My friends and I are very interested in coming to Sharon Springs for either of the festivals you are having! Two of us are in wheelchairs and were wondering how handicapped accessible the Beekman Store and the general surrounding was. We love your show and hope it stays on for a good long time.


Hi Josh and Brent,

Your Memorial Day weekend sounds wonderful! I loved the final show, and hope to see you all back next season. And, my condolences to Farmer John on the loss of Dolly; I do know how painful losing a pet can be. It just hurts.

One day I hope to get the hubby and I up to your part of the country:-))


Wish we could be there. How fabulous is this! Now, if you are in the Denver are September 17th and 18th, you guys need to check out our local Celtic Harvest Festival of Edgewater! Fabulous event featuring fresh product from local farms, only local artisans and musicians, dancers and more! Would love to see you here for a weekend getaway!


Brent, I wish you and Josh could come to Florida sometime and visit your fans here, I live in the Tampa Bay area.

I loved the season finale last night, and will miss seeing you both.

I cried when I saw that Dolly died, how sad for you all.

I would love to come and visit the farm, and learn about farming from all of you.


Linda Turner

Hoping to come up from CT! What a nice schedule of events! Looking forward to lots of fun as usual…


Don't forget to swing by Cherry Valley(only 8 miles from Sharon Spa)for their annual Memorial Weekend Street Fair on Sat May 28th from 10am to 5pm. Community Yard Sales Too!

Thanks to the Beekman Boys for enriching our local communities and helping our small towns prosper.


Unfortunately we can't come next week, but my partner and I are planning on making a stop in Sharon Springs as part of our honeymoon this fall!

Debbie Greene

Is there check in for the folks with tickets to the farm tour/dinner so that if someone doesn't show up you can use a waiting list and text us so we can zoom right over? I would be willing to be on standby.


Can't wait to come to Sharon Springs for the Garden Pary. It's also my birthday and anniversary weekend. So excited to be partying Beekman style.

John Bradley

Hello Brent and Josh! The planned events look fantastic. I met Josh and his parents after dinner at The American last October. Josh's Dad took my pic with Josh, and you all could not have been nicer to me. This time, my partner and I will be at The American for the Garden Party weekend, and we hope to see both of you.

Donald Ichton

love your show. Lots of chuckles. Hope to see you this summer and try your soap and cheese.

Thanks again for making me and my wife smile.

Donald Ichton


David Root

Hey guys-

We’re excited to be visiting Sharon Springs Wed-Sun on Memorial day weekend and the Garden Festival…but didn’t even know about the farm tour until after the tickets sold out! In the slim chance anyone has 2 extra, let us know- we’d buy them for whatever the cost. 🙂

Dave & Mitch


Hello. Love everything Beekman!!! Thanks for letting all of us get an insight to your lives. Keep up the fabulousness!

How can those of us too far from Sharon Springs might obtain a copy of Michael Whaling's lovely book?

Rebecca Hanchett

who won the trip to the Garden Party that was advertised on this site several weeks ago (I think it was the Garden Party and not Harvest Festival)? Has a winner been announced?


Looking forward to the Garden Party and the tour of the farm. Us Fabulous Sharon Springs Groupies will be there ready to have a great day!!!


I wish I could be there for what sounds like a fantastic weekend. My latest goal in life is to get to Sharon Springs, but it's a far journey from Georgia…sigh, maybe someday. My husband and I love your show, and agree with the comment made by Pat–the show needs to be an hour long. We just can't get enough of you Beekman Boys.


We'll be coming up with friends for the garden tour from Roxbury–about an hour south of you in Delaware County. We've been to Sharon Springs many times now and love going to the American Hotel for dinner/brunch. (I had a birthday dinner there) It is so delicious, and Doug and Garth are such fun and great hosts. I've tried various soaps from your store (currently on Fall). Testing the citronella because the bugs are certainly out now! Your cheese was a real hit last season at the Cooperstown Cheese Company's booth at our local farmer's market. Looking forward to helping out in your garden (even though it will take time away from ours!)


Don't miss all the other wonderful attractions in Schoharie County like the Old Stone Fort and the Iroquois Indian Museum (located next to Howe Caverns).

Amy Booth

While there and stopping over to visit Sunnycrest Greenhouse you will also be able to see the members of the Northeast Antique Power Association as they prepare the grounds for their 19th Annual Tractor and Antique Power Show to be held at Sunnycrest on Father's Day Weekend, June 17, 18 & 19. We welcome all the help we can get on our annual Memorial Day Weekend show preparation!!

traci sabia

Uugh. When the tickets for the farm tour went on sale they were available when I looked one day. Discussed it w the hubby and he said oh yeah let's go. The next day, not even 12 hrs later they were sold out. I will be on point for harvest fest for sure!!! Beekman seeds are planted. When I get a sprout of anything I will be sure To send pics. Luv u guys! Ur show puts a smile on my face!!


We are very excited for the garden tour! We were their a week befor Christmas and fell in love with Sharon Springs!!!!


Sounds like a great weekend. I just wish I could be there. I'll say a prayer for nice weather for your wonderful weekend. Ohh and please, can't we get a one hour show – 1/2 hour is just not enough.