RCGC 2017 Summer Garden Tour


Town and Country Gardens

from Pittsford to Honeoye Falls

Saturday, July 8, 10 am-4 pm

For this year’s garden tour we’re heading to Pittsford, Victor and Honeoye Falls where we’ll explore a variety of delightful gardens, large and small, from tastefully designed suburban properties to elegant country estates, in a range of formal and naturalistic styles. Here are a few of the highlights:


~This expansive property speaks of the owners’ New England roots and love of plants. Their elegant white farm-style house is surrounded by porches and patios; a white picket fence encloses the formal herb garden, which is entered through a rose-covered arbor and includes a cobblestone garden house that was formerly a 19th C smoke house; there’s large vegetable garden, a children’s whimsically furnished playhouse with sleeping loft, a fishing pond at the end of a path through the woods, and lush containers and boldly colored perennial beds.

~This yard borders on a golf course, which makes for a lovely view but also the possibility of pesticides. The owner’s focus has been to integrate a beautiful location with safety and wildlife-friendliness. Through her influence, the golf course now leaves an unmowed and untreated border zone; a sweeping perennial border runs along the length of boundary, planted with a variety of native and pollinator plants that reflect the natural look of the field and attract birds, bees and butterflies. The yard next door is also on our tour, and you’ll see the environment-friendly influence here as well.

~This country estate is on a grand scale, with fountains highlighting the formal entrance and the vast terrace in back. Wander down the stone steps through the woods to a charming screened summer house furnished with McKenzie-Childs porch furniture. Another path leads to a relaxed terrace and seating area at the edge of a pond.

~This property borders on Mendon Ponds Park and shares its woodland ambience. A path through white pines is lined with colorful plantings and leads to a pond. A stone patio nestles into the woods and looks so natural you hardly notice it at first; tiny plants poke out between the stones and a simple but stunning water feature completes the impression that it has been there for a very long time. This pastoral property is alive with birds, insects, and plenty of frogs.




































Membership Special

Individual Membership + 1 Garden Tour ticket: $45

Family Membership + 1 Garden Tour ticket: $55



Advance sale:
   Members $15, non-members $20

Day of the tour: all tickets $20, available in the gardens