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Flower City Looking Good Series -- Horticultural Activities


 Maplewood Rose Festival with visitors. 


Saturday Rose Workshops at Maplewood Rose Garden

Members of the Greater Rochester Rose Society will provide expert advice hands-on demonstrations on how to cultivat and care for roses.

Meet by the fountain at the Maplewood Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. map Free admission and no prior registration, rain or shine. All sessions 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • May 3: Pruning Roses
  • July 26: Insects and Fungal Diseases in the Rose Garden
  • October 4: Winterizing Your Roses

Spring/Summer Garden Talks

Many of these discussions will be hosted by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Subjects include gardening on a budget, growing plants from seed, planning a vegetable garden, maximizing color with annuals and perennials, raising herbs, and recognizing poison ivy!

Each week will offer a different presentation. Learn from your fellow gardeners and bring plants for help with identification. Talks will last about 45 minutes, with Q&A throughout.

Saturdays at the Libraries: April 20- May 25: 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

  • April 26: Lincoln Branch, 851 Joseph Ave. map  
  • May 10: Monroe Branch, 809 Monroe Ave. map  
  • May 17: Charlotte Branch, 3557 Lake Ave. map  
  • June 7: Arnett Branch, 310 Arnett Blvd. map 

Other gardening resources in Rochester

  • Rochester Civic Garden Center: www.rcgc.org 
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY): www.nofany.org  
  • Rochester Roots (summer classes for teachers): www.rochesterroots.org 
  • Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension available to answer all your gardening questions. Vendor spaces still available, call (585) 428-6907

Other Special Horticultural Events

Flower City Days at the Market 

Visit these Sunday sales that attract 20,000 shoppers each week. Hundreds of area growers bring plants directly to gardeners. Join in Rochester’s green revolution by recycling your old plant containers!Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St. (585) 428-6907. 

Lilac Festival in Highland Park 

Includes the Master Gardener Plant Sale and other specialty vendors in front of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County’s offices at 249 Highland Ave.

Maplewood Rose Celebration: Horticulture, Historic Homes and Heritage 

Bring your family and friends for a photo opportunity with over 5,000 roses. Held during the peak of the blooming season, the event focuses on the beauty of more than 300 rose varieties within the historic Maplewood Rose Garden.

Maplewood Park and Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave 




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