26th Annual Spring Garden Symposium


Presented by

Rochester Civic Garden Center

          & Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care


Saturday March 4, 2017

9am-3:15 pm

~Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester NY 14607~

Mail and phone registrations are now closed.

You may purchase a ticket at the Memorial Art Gallery on the day of the event, Saturday, March 4

You may also purchase a ticket online; print your receipt and bring it with you to the Memorial Art Gallery



Here’s the lineup – a diverse and talented trio of speakers we know you’re going to love!

Doug Tallamy

Doug is professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, has sparked a nationwide conversation about the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife with his groundbreaking book, Bringing Nature Home: How you Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.

In his talk, “Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home,” Doug will explain how our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystem that sustains us (and all native wildlife), and will discuss what we can do in our own yards to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us and to create living natural communities once again.


Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann is an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer who focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.

In “Heavenly Plants for Hellstrips” she discusses how to avoid exasperation when landscaping challenging sites, highlighting superhero plants that thrive in dry shade, hot or sandy locations, wet areas, and are not preferred by deer. No matter what the situation, there are plants that will thrive there for a beautiful landscape.


Christine Froehlich

Most of you know Christine as the Executive Director at RCGC, but if you’ve taken any of her classes, you know she’s an experienced and dedicated gardener with rock solid knowledge and plenty of design expertise. Her work as a garden designer and consultant fueled the freelance writing career she embarked upon in 2004, and her articles have been published in The American Gardener, Country Gardens, American Nurseryman, Fine Gardening,  585 Magazine, Rochester Magazine and The Upstate Gardeners Journal. You can find out more about Christine and her antics on her blog, gardeningwithwhatyouhave.com.

Chris will present "Gardening with What You Have". If you’d like to improve your garden or landscape, it takes three things – your eyesight, a little imagination, and a plan of action. Many homeowners who want to create new gardens or improve existing ones struggle because they lack design experience and don’t know where to start. In this slide lecture, Christine will show you how to evaluate your existing landscape and how to correct common problems – from plant choices and siting to design – by leading you, with before and after images, through some of the projects she’s worked on. You’ll leave with plenty of tips for creating the gardens that you want by working with what you have.


After the lunch break, Rachel Edwards from our partner sponsor, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, will discuss “Nature Play for All.” Adults and children need connections to nature for body, mind and spirit. Studies have found a direct correlation between hands-on play and superior problem solving skills. Broccolo’s recent designs for homeowners’ back yards, parks, schools, and museums connect people to nature. Rachel, with her background in ecology and sustainable planning, will discuss some of Broccolo’s recent projects that highlight environmental stewardship and natural resource protection.



8:15 am     Registration, Gardeners’ Marketplace, book sales, continental breakfast
9:00        Welcome
9:15        Doug Tallamy: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home
10:30       Break: Gardeners’ Marketplace, book sales and signing, continental breakfast
11:00       Kerry Ann Mendez: Heavenly Plants for Hellstrips
12:15 pm    Lunch break, Gardeners’ Marketplace, book sales and signing, Raffle drawing
1:15        Raffle winners announced in auditorium
1:30        Rachel Edwards, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care: Nature Play for All
1:45        Christine Froehlich: Gardening with What You Have
3:00        Book sales and signing

  Your ticket to the RCGC Symposium will allow you all-day access to the Memorial Art Gallery’s collection.


Our current list of vendors:

Ann Campbell (Painting by Ann), Lorraine Cummings (Lorraine's Concrete Leaves and Mushrooms), Grossmans Garden & Home, Yvonne Fordham (Free Spirit Kiln-Formed Glass), Marie Lysionek (The Shabby Chic Garden), Michele Catarisano (M’Essentials natural skin care), Jim Engel (White Oak Nursery, native trees and shrubs) and Michael Tomb Botanical Prints (Studio Michelino Digital Media Art), Wayside Garden Center


Special thanks to our Symposium co-sponsor:

Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care ~ A “one stop” source for all lawn, tree and shrub care services, reliable, healthy plants and garden supplies. You should expect all this from a green-focused organization with a 25-year track record of customer satisfaction and successful growth.

2059 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, Rochester 14623 · (585) 424-4476 · broccolotreeandlawn.com



And to our Symposium Underwriters:

Anonymous Donor

Allyn's Creek Garden Club

The Artful Gardener A gallery of American craft with an organic twist · 727 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620 (585) 454-2874 theartfulgardenerny.com

Clover Nursery & Garden Center 485 Landing Road North, Rochester 14625 (585) 244-1626 clovernursery.com

Gerald and Karen Kral

Gro-Moore Farms 2811 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14467 • (585) 359-3310 • gromoore.com

Lucas Greenhouses Grown Right. Here • 23 Pannell Circle, Fairport 14450 • (585) 223-8951 • lucasgh.com

Pine Creek Landscape Rene Ezzell • Creative Gardens & landscapes. Complete custom services: shrubs, trees, perennials, walls, walkways, patios, pruning 6670 N Lake Road, Bergen 14416 585-737-2921

The Rochester Garden Club

City of Rochester Public Market 52 weeks of freshness, plus many free-admission special events 280 North Union Street, Rochester 14609, since 1905 Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 am-1 pm, Saturdays 5 am-3 pm, year-round cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket

Sara's Garden Center A full service garden center and nursery with special emphasis on perennials and water gardening • 389 East Avenue, Brockport 14420 • 585-637-4745 • sarasgardencenter.com

St. John's Provider of a full spectrum of services from housing to skilled care that helps seniors embrace living their way (585) 760-1300 • stjohnsliving.org

Upstate Gardeners' Journal Your source for the best in regional gardening information Print subscriptions $20 info@upstategardenersjournal.com upstategardenersjournal.com



Your ticket to the RCGC Symposium will allow you all-day access to the Memorial Art Gallery’s collection.

Regular price: Members $48, non-members $58


Membership Special Save $10 with new or renewed RCGC membership:
     Individual Membership plus one Symposium ticket, $78
     Family Membership plus one Symposium ticket, $88



Lunches:The deadline is past for ordering a lunch from the museum (preorder only), but you may bring your lunch.


Mail and phone registrations are now closed.

You may purchase a ticket at the Memorial Art Gallery on the day of the event, Saturday, March 4

You may also purchase a ticket online; print your receipt and bring it with you to the Memorial Art Gallery