0719KG Soirée: A Multilayered, Four-Dimensional Garden in the City

Wednesday, July 19

6:30-8 pm.

You are invited to one of Rochester’s most remarkable landscapes. This long city lot tucked into the 19th Ward has been transformed by owners Rick Schaeffer and Marcy Klein into a multilayered delight for the senses. Stone walls studded with fragments of historic buildings and geological specimens from around the world define a series of gardens that wind through the property. Enter through a cool forest of evergreens and ferns; your view then widens at a peaceful flagstone-paved seating area, bounded by perennial gardens with a Japanese maples and shrubs; climb the stone steps beyond to further artfully designed gardens, ending at a wisteria-covered pergola. The plants sit atop the walls, closer than normal, making the delightfully combined colors, scents and textures seem unexpectedly intense. The several levels contain surprises both artistic and humorous, from three hand-made Roman-style columns topped with classical busts to an ogre popping out of a manhole cover near the garbage bins. The garden is complex, the plantsmanship superb, the craftsmanship mind-boggling, yet it adds up to a very serene, beautiful, and thought-provoking whole. Directions will be emailed before the soirée.

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