7th Annual Warner Castle Holiday Sale

Saturday & Sunday

November 4 & 5

9 am-5 pm

Seasonal floral arrangements and wreaths, fully decorated holiday trees from tabletop to 6.5’, swags, centerpieces and more, in all styles and color schemes – beautiful items at great prices created by Alana Miller and Charlie Lytle. The work of The Rochester Herb Society and several local artists will also be featured. Free and open to the public. Silk Sensational Designs, Flowerman14609@yahoo.com.

Warner Castle ~ 5 Castle Park ~ Rochester NY 14620













Dear valued Members, Donors and Stakeholders,

The Rochester Civic Garden Center (RCGC) has been serving the local gardening community for more than sixty years, offering classes, tours, educational symposia and maintaining the exception gardens and grounds at the Warner Castle.

With the retirement of key staff in 2017 and the hiring of new leadership, the Rochester Civic Garden Center is undergoing an extensive financial and programmatic review. The current status of our beloved home in the Castle requires repair and maintenance that will make use of the Castle difficult during the repairs. The Board of Trustees has made a decision to suspend all fall programming that is not fully enrolled and limit access to the Castle during the maintenance and repair of the building, effective immediately through the end of 2017.

This necessary “pause” allows the Board of Directors and RCGC staff members to evaluate our role in the community, investigate collaborative partnerships with like-minded organizations, and plan for our future. As you may have noticed, we did not publish the printed copy of the Fall Catalogue. We will continue to communicate with our members through an event calendar postcard, email and social media and web announcements.

We encourage our members to share their thoughts and dreams for the RCGC with the chair of our Task Force, Marcia Erwin (rcgc.steering@gmail.com) or by phone at 585-473-5130. The Task Force will be reviewing all feedback as part of the evaluation process.

Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to the Rochester Civic Garden over these past six decades.


Sincerely yours,

Linda Phillips, President

Board of Trustees of the RCGC


Some classes remain on the schedule; please see the dropdown menu, above and on the left sidebar, for classes currently taking registrations.



RCGC Summer Garden Tour

Town and Country Gardens

from Pittsford to Honeoye Falls
Saturday, July 8

This year’s Garden Tour was marked by some fine weather (once the day got started) and a wonderful variety of lovely gardens. The most common comment we received was that tourgoers  especially enjoyed the diversity of styles and sizes – as always, several people called it our “best yet.”


We’d like to thank all of the homeowners who allowed us to visit their gardens. Each was a pleasure to tour, and we very much appreciate the many hours of work put in to make them look so beautiful. A big thanks also to our many volunteers.


Many thanks to our sponsors: The Arbour Barber, The Artful Gardener, and Bristol’s Garden Center.



Professional credits:

Many 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.