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Six Beautiful Local Gardens Featured on Rochester Museum & Science Center Women’s Council Garden Tour

    ROCHESTER, NY—Attendees can explore six local, impressive home gardens during the seventh 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 23, rain or shine. 

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

    Reservoir Avenue, Rochester

    Tom Cassada and Doug Howard’s garden features a traditional perennial border and a beautiful Japanese maple in the front yard. A slate terrace, a canopy made of pine trees and an almost 25-year-old paper bark maple adorn the backyard. Carol and Paul Gardner’s garden includes a weeping cherry tree and an entryway covered by wisteria and dogwood branches that reveals a garden oasis. Enjoy the koi pond and relax in the sitting areas. Experience nostalgia at Marc Bauer and Michael Hryhorenko’s garden. Under the handbuilt trellis covered in purple clematis sits an over 100-year-old antique kettle and near a brick wall lives a sedum that belonged to Marc’s grandmother. The backyard features an in-ground pool and an enclosed “Garden Room.” Susan Mandl transformed the grub-infested lawn she inherited into a beautiful garden of unusual conifers, maples, sedums and thyme along bark walkways and a green pachysandra carpet. The front no-mow garden now basically takes care of itself.

    Lime Rock Lane, Rochester

    Andrea Faulkner and Bill Fugate began working on transforming their landscaping eight years ago, creating a perennial and shrub shade garden, a structured kitchen garden, formal hardscape and front gardens to match their Georgian Colonial style house.

    North Winton Road, Rochester

    Stroll through what is considered the most visited private garden in the Rochester area: Jerry and Karen Kral’s garden. Within three years of buying the home, Jerry was giving garden tours. The gardens include more than 50 garden rooms inter-connected by over a half-mile of stone pathway, unique sculptures, fountains and fishponds as well as a 12,000-square-foot “Sun Garden” filled with unique rock gardens.

    Garden tour attendees meet at the Cunningham House on the RMSC campus on the tour date where they will be given a tour booklet containing garden addresses. The six gardens can be visited in any order.

    Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available online at and at the RMSC, The Artful Gardener, Sassafras Flowers, Parkleigh, Wisteria Flowers & Gifts, The Garden Factory, Inc. and The Bird House in Rochester, Kittelberger Florist & Gifts in Webster, Genrich’s Garden Center & Greenhouse in Irondequoit, Blanchard Florist in Greece, Pittsford Florist and Gallea’s Greenhouse in Pittsford, Lucas Greenhouses in Fairport and Wayside Garden Center in Macedon.

    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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