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Community Invited to Tour Six Beautiful Local Gardens on RMSC Women’s Council Garden Tour

    ROCHESTER, NY—Attendees explore six local, impressive gardens during the eighth annual garden tour presented by the Women’s Council, a volunteer service organization that supports the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). The garden tour takes place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 15, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the RMSC.

    Guests will enjoy diverse plants and garden styles throughout this tour.


    Menlo Place, Rochester

    Enjoy the water-laden gardens of Tom Warmerdam, an award-winning Certified Aquascape Contractor and the owner of Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls of Rochester, New York. Guests are greeted with an inviting garden that includes an LED low voltage outdoor lighting and unique bubbling rock water feature that entices birds as well as passersby. In another garden, rainwater creates a gently flowing murmur and directly below the kitchen window resides a fishpond with a waterfall – perfectly placed for Tom to toss tasty morsels out the window to his fish.


    Rock Beach Road, Rochester

    Tour the gardens of Gretchen Voss with a lake view backdrop. A perennial garden includes primrose, hydrangea, coneflowers, lavender and lupines as well as rhododendrons and crabapple trees. Central to the property is a very old oak tree with two majestic beech trees planted when the home was constructed in 1918. On the west side is a long arborvitae hedge with viburnums in front, and past the copper beech tree is a curved shade garden with dogwoods, a weeping cherry and other beautiful plants. Follow the stone path to the little gardens west of the carriage house.

    North Winton Road, Rochester

    Stroll through over a half-mile of Pennsylvania bluestone pathways that interconnect dozens of raised-bed gardens and rockeries in Jerry and Karen Kral’s garden. This allows an intense planting of about 1,000 kinds of plants including 250 varieties of conifers and ginkgo. The emphasis is to aesthetically display rare and unusual plants. Unique and whimsical statuary, garden art, rock walls, colorful and comfortable gliders, water features and intimate sitting nooks create a total garden experience. Find colorful vitrified and glazed containers throughout the gardens.


    Castle Park, Rochester

    Tour the gardens of The Highland Castle at the Civic Garden Center. The Highland Castle was built in 1854 by Horatio Gates Warner to resemble his wife’s ancestral castle in Scotland. Since 1950, the Rochester Civic Garden Center has been housed at the castle and has been slowly marshaling support for the rehabilitation of the surrounding gardens, thought to be partially designed by noted landscape designer Alling DeForest. Today, the Castle gardens are enjoyed by thousands of visitors and used by the Civic Garden Center as a teaching garden for its many on-site horticulture classes.


    Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY

    Experience the international majesty of the gardens of The Patrick Barry House. Patrick Barry, a pioneer horticulturalist, was born near Belfast, Ireland in 1816 and immigrated to the United States in 1836. Barry eventually formed The Mount Hope Botanical and Pomological Gardens, which later became the Ellwanger and Barry Nursery. The nursery imported plant material from Europe, developed new strains, and shipped fruit trees and other products to newly developing markets in the western United States, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and Jerusalem. Today, tour extensive perennial gardens, rose gardens and a formal geometric English garden on the grounds. Included in these gardens are jonquils, tulips, lilacs, poppies, irises, azaleas, rhododendrons, pink cherry and crab apple trees, dogwood, peonies, and roses.


    Kenmore Lane, Rochester, NY

    Tour the peaceful and relaxing French country style gardens of Jane Nolan, a retired nurse. Experience a pond, a reading nook and what she calls the “Rose Cottage” – a painted tool shed with lace curtains in the window that is surrounded by roses and other perennials. The front garden leads to the back garden through the gate in the picket fence. There view ornamental flowering trees in full bloom in the spring.

    Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are available online at and at the RMSC, The Artful Gardener in Rochester, The Bird House in Rochester, Blanchard Florist in Greece, Gallea’s Greenhouse in Pittsford, The Garden Factory in Gates, Genrich’s Garden Center & Greenhouse in Irondequoit, Kittelberger Florist & Gifts in Webster, Parkleigh in Rochester, Pittsford Florist in Pittsford, Wayside Garden Center in Macedon and Wisteria Flowers & Gifts in Rochester.

    Participants start the tour at the RMSC Cunningham House at 657 East Ave and pick up the tour booklet, complete with addresses for the gardens. Also at the Cunningham House, guests also have the opportunity to browse the New & Used Garden Item Sale and can take part in the raffle. The six gardens can be visited in any order.

    The Women’s Council is a volunteer service organization that supports the RMSC with special events and fundraising activities. Founded in 1941, the council is dedicated to providing members with opportunities for educational growth and social interaction.

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