RCGC Summer Garden Tour


Gardens of Scottsville and Beyond:

Merging Skill and Style


Saturday, July 9, 2016



This year we couldn’t resist wandering to the south and west of the city, where big is beautiful, small is charming and the art is exceptional. Our adventure takes us through gardens in the town of Chili, the hamlet of Scottsville, and out to the wilds of Oatka Creek. You’ll find plenty to inspire you; two gardens of prominent sculptors, an enormous woodland landscape, a small Williamsburg-style garden, and an abundance of special perennials and hostas are just a few of the highlights of the tour.

~ This large property is clearly the home of experienced plantsmen. Its 3½ acres are beautifully landscaped – the expansive and colorful borders, gardens around the house and many wooded island beds flow as if intended by nature, but contain a wonderful collection of choice and unusual varieties of flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs. There are colorful sunny gardens, and the artful use of contrasting foliage and flowers lights up an abundance of shade. A large pond provides a focal point to the view and is home to wildlife and domestic ducks. The house is lovely and has many porches and patios to enjoy the seasons; this property really has it all – you won’t want to leave.

~ The owners of this elegant 1820’s home wanted a landscape of simple beauty that would complement the architecture of their house. The front is formally planted with boxwood and hosta in contrasting hues of green and gray. The gardens behind the house are also simple, formal and elegant – a brick walkway edged with enormous hosta takes you under a grape arbor and through a series of boxwood hedges to a small patio flanked by dwarf lilacs and other fragrant shrubs. Around the side of the house, things become more informal, with a cottage-style porch and gardens bursting with color from hydrangeas, beebalm, anemones and a variety of other cutting flowers. 

~ Situated on a hill with commanding views of the Genesee River valley, this vast property is the perfect setting for the owners, both artists, to display their sculpture. Mature trees dot the lawn, and landscaped terraces and stone retaining walls near the house define a series of curved garden beds; masses of spirea, sedum, hosta and daylilies balance the scale of the sculptures within. Lush perennial gardens border the house, planted with coneflower, hollyhocks, lilies, rose, perennial geraniums and yucca for color and texture.

~ As you walk into this small enclosed garden from the street, plenty of surprises await. It’s packed with flowers – self-sowing annuals and lots of perennials and roses – the owner refers to it as a glorious mess of color! Herbs, considered to be absolute necessity, spill out of beds along either side of the brick walk that leads to the kitchen door. Small fruit trees, grapes and garlic turn this little space into a Garden of Eden.

Many Thanks to our Garden Tour Sponsors:

Andy Burke, Broker Associate
For all of your real estate needs, call Andy Burke • NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker • RE/MAX Realty Group • (585) 218-6839

The Arbour Barber
Arborists dedicated to maintaining a legacy of trees with experienced assessments, pruning practiced as an art and science, and practical advice for enhancing your life with trees • (585) 289-4117 • info@arbourbarber.com • arbourbarber.com

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

Avenue Salon
Marlene Christoff • Seasoned hair stylist specializing in personalizing your haircut and color • 2425 Clover Street, Rochester 14618 • (585) 442-2120

The Garden Factory
Award-winning garden center with over 36 acres of indoor and outdoor shopping: tropical greenhouse, nursery, annuals and perennials greenhouses, lawn and garden supplies • 2126 Buffalo Rd, Rochester 14624 • (585) 247-6236 • gardenfactoryny.com

Oriental Garden Supply
Serving the Greater Rochester area with a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs, and flowers • 448 W Bloomfield Road, Pittsford 14534 • (585) 586-3850 • orientalgardensupply.com

Salvatore’s Saloon
Boasting a wide variety of craft beers and a full bar, also featuring live music & special sporting events as well as "Brewery of the Month" tastings & meetups • 11 Main Street, Scottsville 14546 • (585) 889-5555 • salvatores.com; other nearby locations: 1460 E Henrietta Road,  Rochester 14623, (585) 475-0055 & 1735 Scottsville Road, Henrietta, NY 14467, (585) 527-0200

Sara’s Garden Center
We grow all our annuals, vegetable plants and hanging baskets, and offer one of the largest selections of perennials in WNY, including alpines, hosta, clematis & water garden plants, and trees and shrubs chosen for exceptional performance • 389 East Avenue, Brockport 14420 • (585) 637-4745 • sarasgardencenter.com

Van Putte Gardens
Growing generations of gardeners since 1948 • 136 North Avenue, Rochester 14626 • (585) 225-7770 • vanputte.com


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Details of the 2017 Summer Garden Tour will be posted in Spring of 2017