RCGC Summer Garden Tour

Hidden Treasures, Stately Pleasures

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This tour is full of delightful backyard surprises we know you’re going to love. Join us as we explore the mysteries of 13 gardens hidden in some of Rochester’s most charming city neighborhoods – an enticing mix of tiny eclectic city lots, historic estates, artists’ gardens, and two properties designed by landscape architect Alling DeForest. Many of the gardens are small and clustered together, so it will be easy to park just a few times, and meander between gardens.


Advance Sale Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members.

Day of the tour: all tickets $20, available in the gardens.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit our Garden Tour webpage.


Upcoming Class:

Pruning for Style – Transforming an Established Landscape

Wednesday, July 22
6:30-8:30 pm

Mike Tanzini of Ted Collins Tree & Landscape has been working with these homeowners for decades at their Henrietta property. There were many established trees and shrubs of the sort used years ago; instead of removing these and starting over, they chose to restyle some of the existing material to "retrofit' to an oriental theme. Several years of artful stylized pruning later, these beautiful specimens add an element of maturity and peace that could not be achieved by starting afresh with new plants. Join Mike to learn in this class about how to transform old, ordinary, overgrown shrubs into real assets in your landscape. More info here.









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.


The RCGC Summer Catalog is now available online and will be in mailboxes soon. Click on the catalog cover to download a pdf. Class descriptions and online registration are available 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.



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.


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.