RCGC Annual Holiday Sale

Stop by the Castle to shop our holiday sale - there are still many beautiful items available at great prices.

Give the gift of an RCGC membership or class to a friend or a special gardener in your life. Call us at 585-473-5130 and we’ll put a gift certificate in the mail for you.



RCGC ROCs the Day

Tuesday, December 1

It’s almost time, and we’re ready to ROC. ROC the Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign in support of all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county Greater Rochester area.  Support the Rochester Civic Garden Center and be a part of ROC the day, a 24-hour dash to donate to your favorite cause. As a small not-for-profit organization, your donations play a significant role in RCGC’s programming budget. Make a gift to RCGC anytime on December 1 by clicking here - Your donation makes a big impact on our small budget, and we appreciate your support!



Save the Date

25th Annual RCGC Spring Symposium

March 12, 2016


We’re excited about the lineup for the 2016 Spring Symposium. Our keynote speaker is author, speaker and perennials, landscaping and North American native plant authority William Cullina. Bill spent 13 years as nursery director and head propagator at the New England Wildflower Society, where he developed the largest native plant nursery in New England. Since 2008 he has been with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, serving as executive director since 2011. Under his direction the CMBG has grown from fairly small beginnings into Trip Advisor’s #1 public garden in the US. His books include Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite; Native Ferns, Mosses and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden; Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants; and The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. Bill has a local connection, having received his bachelor’s degree from Hobart College in Geneva.


Many of you have expressed an interest in edible landscaping and ornamental vegetable gardening, and we are looking forward to welcoming Jennifer Bartley, owner of American Potager, a landscape design firm based in Granville, OH. A ‘potager’ is a designed seasonal kitchen garden filled with fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible and non-edible flowers – what’s in season is what’s on the menu and in the vase. More than a kitchen garden, it is a philosophy of living that is dependent on the seasons and the immediacy of the garden. Jennifer’s books include Designing the New Kitchen Garden and The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook.

All of Bill Cullina’s books are available in the RCGC library, and you can find out more about him on his website. Jennifer Bartley’s newest book has been ordered for the library; meanwhile, find out more about her here.




The RCGC Fall Catalog is available online. 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. If you'd like a hard copy, let us know.



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.