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Gardening Resources for Rochester, NY


Gardening Web Sites

  • Northeast Gardener.  "Northeast Gardener is web site designed to bring useful information to the average gardener living in the cold climates of the north. This consists of flowers, plants and trees that survive the temperatures of zone 6 or less. It's also a web site that facilitates the exchange of information between gardeners.
  • Rochester Gardening.  The best gardening Web site in the Rochester area.  It's filled with links and contact information.  This page only lists gardening organizations that have Web sites.  Rochester Gardening lists all local gardening resources.  


  • See Landscaping in the InfoRochester Rochester Businesses directory.

Public Gardens

  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.  "When visiting the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens you can actually see three historic attractions in one: Olmsted's South Park, the 1899 tri-domed glass conservatory building, and the Victorian-style gardens of plants (both "Gardens Under Glass" and "Gardens Under the Sky"). See History Section for more information." 
  • Durand-Eastman Park
    • Durand-Eastman Park/Slavin's Arboretum.  "At the turn of the century, Dr. Henry S. Durand owned a summer camp in Irondequoit. He and his friend George Eastman saw a need for a public park in the area, and towards this end, bought a number of farms around the Durand property. On January 28, 1907, they offered their land to the city of Rochester, "to be used as a public park forever, a tract of land of about 484 acres situate in the Town of Irondequoit on Lake Ontario," thus giving the common citizen rights to nearly a mile of public beach and adjacent lands on the Lake's shoreline. A year later the land was transferred to the city, and on May, 22, 1909, Durand Eastman Park was formally dedicated."
    • Durand-Eastman Park Cross/Country Skiing.
    • Durand-Eastman Park Walking Tour.
    • Monroe County Parks Durand-Eastman Park Web page.  "With 5,000 feet of Lake Ontario waterfront, Durand-Eastman Park is a favorite for sun bathers. During the winter months, cross-country skiers find hilly terrain to conquer. Originally the estate of Dr. Henry Durand, the park was a gift to the city by Dr. Durand and George Eastman, who acquired some adjacent lands to increase its size to 965 acres. "    
  • George Eastman House Gardens
  • Highland Park
    • City of Rochester Web site.  Search for Highland Park.
    • Highland Park.  "A walking tour of Highland Park."
    • Monroe County Highland Park Web site.  "Best known as the home of the famous Lilac Festival, Highland Park has a history as colorful as its 500 varieties of flowering shrubs. The Lilac Festival, held in May each year, draws visitors from all over the world to see Highland Park's collection of lilacs in full bloom. This spring celebration features flowers, food, and entertainment."
    • Vintage views of Highland Park.  Vintage postcards showing the park.
  • Maplewood Rose Garden.  "In the center of the city of Rochester, above the bank of the river which has shaped the region's history, lies a jewel of a garden. The roses there are an oasis of beauty and the result of decades of planning and care."
  • Royal Botanical Gardens.  These gardens are located in Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  The size of the gardens is large.  Their spring Iris garden bloom should not be missed.  Their Lilac collection is said to be much larger the collection at Highland Park.    
  • Sonnenberg Gardens.  "A beautiful Victorian mansion and gardens, located at the north end of Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York."
  • The Webster Arboretum.  "The Webster Arboretum is a planned park located at 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster, NY 14580. The goal of this park is to bring together the unique talents of our community members to develop and maintain this special setting in which to explore and learn about nature. The Webster Arboretum Advisory Committee will offer the total community the opportunity to experience educational, conservational and recreational opportunities by having programs for all ages here. The Town of Webster Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with local newspapers will inform residents about activities and educational programs at the Arboretum." 


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