Year-End Fund Drive
Like all gardeners, we like to sit back at the end of the growing season and review the fruits of our labors. This year marked the Rochester Civic Garden Center’s 50th anniversary in Warner Castle, and we can’t help feeling proud of all that we’ve accomplished in that time!

  • More than 200 horticultural and floral design offerings per year
  • Our Horticultural Library with over 4500 volumes
  • Our Special Events, including the Annual Seed and Houseplant Swap, Spring Symposium, Proud Market Plant Sale, Summer Garden Tour, and special opportunities to visit private gardens.
  • The care and rehabilitation of the Warner Castle gardens.

All of these programs have been made possible with your support.

As you put away your trowel till next season, think about what gardening means to you – and  consider sharing it by making a year-end contribution to support our mission to ‘promote all aspects of gardening and horticulture.’ Your support plays a vital role in what we are able to accomplish. If you’ve never given before, now is a great time to do so – help us make the our next 50 years even better.

Consider becoming a Sustaining Member of RCGC with an automatic monthly contribution – an easy and convenient way to support RCGC while enjoying uninterrupted membership status. Visit the Donate page on our website and follow the link for Sustaining Memberships for more information.


Best wishes for the holidays,
Christine Froehlich, Executive Dire


Gift Ideas

Need a special gift for the gardener on your list? An RCGC gift certificate, good for membership, classes or events, is the perfect answer. Call us or email for more information.
Holiday Craft Sale – there is still a good assortment left from the November 8 & 9 sale: fully decorated trees, arra
ngements, wreaths and more – really nice items at great prices. Stop by during Castle open hours to shop for holiday decorations and gifts.
Books make great gifts for the readaholics on your list. Browse the RCGC Library's selection of used books for sale. And
The Plantsmen of Rochester Parks is again available, self-published by RCGC in partnership with This book brings our wonderful park system alive – in addition to being historically interesting, it reveals the personalities and quirks of the key people who planted and developed the collection of plants that we now enjoy. You'll never see the Parks quite the same after reading this book. The Garden Center benefits from all sales of The Plantsmen, and there is an extra benefit to us if you buy the book after accessing it through our website – click on the book cover image on the left side of any webpage.
Or how about treating your favorite gardener to a day of fun and learning at our Annual Spring Symposium. Purchase tickets by February 1 and you will save $5 off the price. Watch our website for more information.


Save the date:
24th Annual RCGC Spring Symposium

March 7, 2015
Memorial Art Gallery

This year we’ve lined up two exciting keynote speakers - innovative thinkers who are also firmly rooted in the down-to-earth challenges of the care and design of gardens.
Roy Diblik, author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden (Timber Press, 2014) is recognized as a perennial plant expert, grower, designer and speaker. His passion for native plants and other perennials
began with his work at the Natural Garden Nursery in St. Charles, Illinois, and has been cultivated in Northwind Perennial Farm, founded in 1991, a nursery he and business partners operate in Burlington, Wisconsin. Drawing on 35 years of experience growing traditional and native perennials, Roy’s design work specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons. His recent projects include designs for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium, and the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf's midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at the Millennium Park in Chicago.

Cass Turnbull is the founder and president of Plant Amnesty, a 1000-member nonprofit organization whose purpose is to “end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by mal-pruning.” Using a combination of humor and controversy, Plant Amnesty is credited with reducing the incidence of tree topping in Seattle by 90%, and has won many awards, including the National Arbor Day Foundation education award, three Gold Leaf Awards from the International Society of Arboriculture, and Seattle’s Friend of the Trees Award. Her book, Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning: What, When, Where, and How to Prune for a More Beautiful Garden, now in its third edition (Sasquatch Books, 2013) takes the mystery out of pruning for homeowners as well as pros. A popular speaker, Cass has made many media appearances and has authored articles for publications including Organic Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, and the Los Angeles Times, and received awards from the International Society of Arboriculture, the City of Seattle, WSNLA and the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Roy and Cass’s books are available the RCGC library – check them out!


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 ( 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.