In August 2018, Suzanne and her bird carver husband Wes Ripple held their first joint Open Studio. They called the event Gallery in the Garden because their pondside home has lush gardens leading down to the water’s edge. Wes is a long time flower gardener, and the couple plants over 500 annuals yearly along with maintaining a large perennial garden.
Gallery in the Garden 2018 was a great success, despite road work, an unexpected detour, and torrential rain Saturday morning. (Thank you again to everyone who came!) Wes and Suzanne have decided to make it an annual event, and invited guest artists in 2019, who were very well received. Due to Covid-19, Gallery in the Garden was not held in 2020. We missed everyone! Continuing the tradition, Galley in the Garden 2021 was held on July 31 - August 1, and guests came from as far away as Cape Cod. We've never received so many compliments on a show we've run. Invited guest artists were some of the most talented in New England, and attendance was up more than expected.
In 2022 artists Diane Louise Paul, Mija Kang, Christina Ronder and Alycia Matthews joined returning favorites James Takaki, Ann Morgan, R.P. Hale, Joy Raskin, and Genevieve Groesbeck. Also joining the show in 2022 were the amazing women from Girls At Work. Girls at Work, Inc. has worked with well over fifteen thousand girls, helping them build confidence, discover their self-worth, and find their voice. In their supportive environment, using power tools, girls are empowered and they gain a sense of accomplishment that lasts well beyond the build. We were honored to host and increase awareness of this organization and to support the craftswomen of tomorrow.
Suzanne and Wes cordially invite you to join us in 2023 on Saturday, July 29 from 10-5 and Sunday, July 30 from 10-4. The gardens change every year, and Suzanne is planning new color combinations. Plants are also chosen to attract pollinators - hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Feel free to bring your camera! Wander the gardens, purchase fine craft, relax with refreshments on the deck. For liability reasons, pets are not allowed at the event or in cars. Thank you for your understanding.
Gallery in the Garden is truly a one-of-a-kind setting for fine handcraft!
Below you will find a list of our Guest Artists, Directions, Local Dining, and Other Things to Do in the area.
We’re located about 20 minutes north of Concord NH,
and very easy to find from Interstate 93.
Hope you will join us!
Since we live in the countryside, we have discovered that GPS often takes our guests along a merry chase to finally get here. We have found these directions to be the easiest & most direct.
From the South
Take I-93 North to Exit 18, Canterbury. Take a left at the end of the exit. In .6 mile, take a left up the hill. In .5 mile, turn left at the stop sign onto Rte. 132 North. Drive 3.6 miles, then turn left onto Sandogardy Pond Road. We are .7 mile on the left.
From the North
Take I-93 South to Exit 20, Tilton. Turn right off the exit onto Rte. 3 South. Drive 1.5 miles to the traffic light in downtown Tilton. Take a left at the light onto Rte. 132 South. Drive 3.5 miles, then turn right on Sandogardy Pond Road. We are .7 mile on the left.
From the West
Take I-89 to Exit 11. Turn onto Route 11 East. Drive 19.4 miles . (At the stop sign in Franklin, you must take a right to stay on Rte. 11.E) At the traffic light next to Benson Auto, take a left onto Rte. 3 North. Follow Rte. 3 North 3.6 miles to the traffic light in downtown Tilton. Turn right over the river onto Rte. 132 South. Drive 3.5 miles, then turn right on Sandogardy Pond Road. We are .7 mile on the left.