24th Annual RCGC Spring Symposium

Presented by

Rochester Civic Garden Center

    & St. John's



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, is founder and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin. Roy is recognized as a perennial plant expert, grower, designer and speaker, specializing in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons. He is well-known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf's midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at the Millennium Park in Chicago; other noteworthy projects include the contemporary perennial gardens at the Chicago Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium.

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.” Her principles are clearly and entertainingly explained in her book, Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning: What, When, Where, and How to Prune for a More Beautiful Garden.

Roy and Cass’s books are available the RCGC library – check them out!

Special thanks to our Symposium co-sponsor:

St. John'sOne of Rochester’s leading providers of senior living and care options, serving nearly 1,000 elders and their families annually • (585) 760-1300 • stjohnsliving.org



And to our Symposium Underwriters:

Allyn's Creek Garden Club The Arbour Barber The Artful Gardener Clover Nursery & Garden Center Lawrence and Shirley Dawson Gerald and Karen Kral Lucas GreenhousesMiller BrickPine Creek Landscape Rochester Garden Club Rochester Public Market Sara's Garden Center


For more information or to buy tickets, visit our Symposium web page.


Special Event:


Dinner Lecture with

Kerry Ann Mendez

Friday, March 27

5:45-8:30 pm


Sponsored by St. Anthony Hall


The Right-Size Flower Garden


Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours in Kennebunk Maine, is dedicated to teaching people of all ages the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer, teacher and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workhorse plant material as well as organic practices. She is author of several books and her articles have appeared in many national magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes and Gardens Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living. She has been a featured guest on HGTV and was the perennials host for Capital News 9’s.


Her lecture is based on her 2015 book, The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices. Kerry Ann will offer time-saving, easy to follow design tips and exceptional plants for achieving balance between your love of gardening and time and ability to do so. Drought-tolerant plants, perennials and annuals that don’t need deadheading,  no-prune shrubs, long-lived, naturalizing bulbs, the illusion that you have more plants than you actually do (because of their astonishing display), and sustainable practices are some of the topics covered.  Books will be available for sales and signing.


Tickets: $25/person
Includes dinner and lecture
Seating is limited; preregistration required. Please register by March 24

Tickets available online, by mail (check made to RCGC, 5 Castle Park, Rochester NY 14620), or by phoning RCGC at 585/473-5130.



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.