Spring Symposium

Our 2015 Spring Symposium on March 7 was a memorable day, and we all left inspired for the coming gardening season! We can't wait to try out Roy Diblik’s exciting ideas for designing low-maintenance gardens using compatible plant communities, and we are all going to sharpen our shears and prune properly so we don’t get busted by Cass Turnbull’s pruning police!

There were many great comments on our evaluations. Here are a couple that really sum up the day: “OMG best Symposium ever, amazing ideas from Roy, who is a treasure of a man (wish he lived closer).  He conveys such love in his lectures, I was very moved.”  And “who knew someone could make pruning so interesting and funny! Cass Turnbull was a great speaker, this was one of our best symposiums ever!”

Many thanks to St. John’s for co-sponsoring this event, and thanks also to all the individuals, garden clubs and businesses who helped make this day possible, and to our vendors, raffle donors, volunteers, and all of you who supported this event and made it a special day.

Symposium Sponsors:
St. John's Allyn's Creek Garden Club The Arbour Barber The Artful Gardener Clover Nursery & Garden Center Lawrence and Shirley Dawson Gerald and Karen Kral Lucas Greenhouses Miller Brick  Pine Creek Landscape Rochester Garden Club Rochester Public Market Sara's Garden Center


Proud Market Plant Sale
Saturday, May 23
8 am till the plants run out

Put the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend on your calendar for our annual RCGC Proud Market Plant sale. It is absolutely the best place to get good buys on all types of perennials, trees, shrubs, native plants, summer bulbs, annuals, vegetables and way more. And when you’re thinning out plants in your garden this spring, please pot up some divisions to donate to RCGC. All sales benefit our education program. Make sure to label your plants, noting the common name and flower color, plus scientific name if you know it, and pertinent cultural info. You can drop off plants during the week before May 23; after hours you can leave them in the courtyard behind the building.


The RCGC 2015 Winter-Spring catalog is now available

You can register online - use the menu under "Education" at the top, or the Catalog on the left sidebar - or by calling (585-473-5130), emailing (rcgcjh@frontiernet.net), or sending a check (RCGC, 5 Castle Park, Rochester 14620). If you haven't gotten a hard copy yet and would like one, let us know. Click on the catalog cover image here or on the left side-bar of any web page to open a pdf of the 2015 Winter-Spring catalog.

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.