25th Annual RCGC Spring Symposium

March 12, 2016



There were many smiling faces at this year’s Spring Symposium – and why not! Bill Cullina and Jennifer Bartley gave inspiring talks that got us fired up to go out and try new things in our gardens, we were treated to an uplifting display of plants and crafts in the Gardeners’ Marketplace, the flower table arrangements were awesome, the food was yummy, there were great books for sale and the raffle was packed with lots of cool stuff. Not to mention, it was great to get together and talk about gardening – as if we needed an excuse!


It takes a lot of help to make this day happen.

We’d like to thank the Memorial Art Gallery for their hospitality.

Funding from community members and businesses makes it possible for us to hold our Symposium every year. A big thank you to our partner sponsor St. Johns for partnering with us again:

St. John'sSt. John's offers a full spectrum of services from housing to skilled care that help seniors embrace living their way • (585) 760-1300 • stjohnsliving.org


And many thanks to these sponsors for believing in what we do and showing their loyal support to us: Allyn's Creek Garden Club The Arbour Barber The Artful Gardener  •  Clover Nursery & Garden Center    Lawrence and Shirley Dawson    Gro-Moore Farms Gerald and Karen Kral  •  Lucas Greenhouses  •  Pine Creek Landscape  •  Rochester Garden Club    Rochester Public Market    Sara's Garden Center

Our thanks also to the vendors who support this event with their participation in the Gardeners’ Marketplace: Ann Campbell (Painting by Ann Campbell );  Blooms & Brick  (Rosy's Harris Garden Center is under new ownership); Pat Coleman (Shattered Glass); Lorraine Cummings (Lorraine’s Concrete Leaves and Mushrooms);  Yvonne Fordham (Free Spirit Kiln-Formed Glass); Grossman's Garden & Home; Marie Lysionek (The Shabby Chic Garden);  Michael Tomb Botanical Prints (Studio Michaelino Digital Media Art );  Wayside Garden Center; JoAnn Chinappi (Willowcreek Antiques & Interiors).

And thank you to the generous donors to our raffle: Bristols Garden Center, Elmer Dustman, Kittleberger Florist & Gifts, Charles Lytle, Linda Phillips, and Orange Glory Cafe & Catering.

And a big thank you to all of the RCGC volunteers who worked so hard to make this event successful!



The RCGC 2016 Winter-Spring Catalog is available now - if you would like a hard copy call or email us. Class descriptions and online registration can be accessed using the dropdown menu under Education above or under Catalog on the left sidebar. You can also register for classes by mailing a check made out to RCGC (5 Castle Park, Rochester 14620) or calling 585-473-5130 to charge.


To download a pdf of the catalog, click on the cover image.


Professional credits:

Almost all of our classes qualify for CNLP credits. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, visit the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association's website for more information.



Members' Special

RCGC members who sign up for a class or event may also register a non-member at the member price to introduce them to our programs.


It's now more convenient than ever to borrow books from our library:

Borrow books from RCGC and pick them up at any Monroe County public library
Thanks to a new partnership with the Monroe County Library System (MCLS), we are now able to send our books through the MCLS delivery service.
Find the book(s) you want to borrow using the RCGC Online Library Catalog Search (search box is on the
left hand side of every page on our website) and then use the form on the search page to send us your hold request. Or phone (585-473-5130) or email us (rcgclib@frontiernet.net) with your request.
We will contact you to confirm your hold request and let you know when your book(s) will be available at the MCLS library of your choice.
Pick up your book(s) at the library you have chosen. No MCLS library card needed. No fees. No hassles. Simply give them your name and tell them you have RCGC book(s) on hold.


Return the book(s) to ANY Monroe County Public Library or directly to RCGC.