Castle Garden Rehabilitation -

Big things are happening in the back borders adjacent to the Sunken Garden.  As many of you know, these borders were part of the original Alling DeForest landscape plan. We began rehabilitating them in 2012. Thanks to funding from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, several area businesses, private donors and our dedicated volunteer garden staff, the project is nearing completion.
The treillage at the end of the garden is in the process of being installed, and we’re finishing up the plantings in the shady border – just in time for our Warner Castle Soirée on September 23. Come celebrate the opening of this newly rehabilitated garden with us and take a tour of the grounds and castle.


Go Team Go!

5th Annual 5k Run/walk

Saturday October 3

The RCGC team will be participating again this year in the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K Run/Walk event. Last year our team raised $4885.75 – double our 2013 earnings – and this year we’ve set our goal at $5000.00

Please help support our education programs for the coming year. To join the RCGC team or make a donation, follow this link or call us at (585) 473-5130.

We appreciate your support!

The RCGC Fall 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.



RCGC Summer Garden Tour

Hidden Treasures, Stately Pleasures

Saturday, July 11

Stellar weather, an abundance of charming gardens and a lot of dedicated homeowners made this tour one of our best yet. A lot of people thanked us for having many gardens clustered together and walkable. One person commented “there are so many creative and enthusiastic gardeners in our community, it’s nice to have a close-up view of their passion.” Another said “what a delight to visit some city gardens. Reminds me of the Buffalo Garden Walk.”
 We’d like to thank all of the homeowners who allowed us to feature their gardens. Each one was a pleasure to visit, and we appreciate the many hours of work put in to make them look so beautiful.
Cathy Schockow won the sculpted piece of artwork in Vinnie Massaro’s garden. Congratulations Cathy, and many thanks to Vinnie for donating it. All proceeds from the raffle and the garden tour benefit our education programs, and provide us with funds to grow and maintain them. Thank you all for supporting the tour! 

We’re already scouting gardens in the Scottsville area for next year’s event, and would welcome your  recommendations. You can email them to or call Christine Froehlich at 585-473-5130.
Many thanks to our sponsors: The Arbour Barber, The Artful Gardener, Avenue Salon, Clover Nursery & Garden Center, Gallea’s Tropical Greenhouse & Florist, Oriental Garden Supply, and Pine Creek Landscape.  We couldn’t do this without them and truly appreciate their support!



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.