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Flower City Looking Good Series--Rochester Clean and Green

Flower City Looking Good offers rewarding and important opportunities to keep Rochester clean and green! Clean Sweep, northeast quadrant(2) 

Clean Sweep!

May 3, 8 to 12 p.m. Register for Clean Sweep and stay for the game! This year, the City of Rochester has teamed up with your Rochester Red Wings to offer vounteers a FREE ticket to the Lousville game at 1:05 p.m. Visit www.cityofrochester.gov/cleansweep.


Rochester Blossoms and Perennial Swaps

 Rochester Blossoms: Saturday, May 17,  7 - 9 a.m.  

  • Spring registration deadline is May 9. 

Rochester Blossoms is an annual citywide planting event. Meet at the City of Rochester Recreation Bureau, 420 Dewey Avenue. map 

Thousands of flowers are planted throughout city parks during this citywide volunteer events. Get a registration form by by calling 428-8820 or emailing scotts@cityofrochester.gov. (Call earlier to discuss planting locations!)

Plants also are distributed to neighborhood organizations for planting. 

Perennial Swaps
In conjunction with the pickup of flowers that were
reserved by volunteers in community gardens, there will also be a Perennial
Swap. Bring labeled divisions, seeds, pots and other gardening supplies that others could use

Saturday, September 13 & 20: 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup
Recognizing the importance of our natural resources, the Rochester area again joins this international effort. On foot, by boat, canoe or kayak volunteers will clean up the area’s waterways. For locations such as Genesee Valley Park, Turning Point Park, Seth Green Drive and others call
(585) 428-6770.

29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 13 & 20, 9 a.m. 

Recognizing the importance of our natural resources, the Rochester area again joins this international effort. On foot, by boat, canoe or kayak, volunteers will clean up the area's waterways. For locations such as Genesee Valley Park, Turning Point Park, Seth Green Drive, and others call 585-428-6770. Details at www.rochestercoastalcleanup.org.

Adopt a Garden

A healthy activity for both mind and body, community gardens provide a rewarding way for volunteers to help the community and to enjoy new friends. Call (585) 428- 8820 for locations.

Garden Contests

The efforts of hundreds of dedicated city gardeners have been recognized over the past 20 years through the Flower City Garden Contest. Any gardener may nominate his/her own garden or a neighbor’s garden. Recognition and prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  1. Best Use of Container Gardening;
  2. Best Use of a Water Feature
  3. Best Educational Garden Project
  4. Best Community Enhancement Garden
  5. Best Wildlife/Butterfly Habitat Garden
  6. Most Interesting Use of Art in the Garden
  7. Most Colorful Garden.
  8. Best Urban Farm/Garden

Deadline for 2014: August 1.  

Call (585) 428-6770 or go to www.cityofrochester.gov/gardencontest for information or to access the contest entry form.

More Gardening Events Held in the Rochester Area 

 May 17 - 18: 41st Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition. Monroe Community Hospital (corner of East Henrietta Rd. and Westfall Rd.) www.bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org

 July 31 - August 3: Monroe County Fair. Information: www.mcfair.com.

 September 13: 20th Annual Gathering of Gardeners. Will be held at the Eisenhart Auditorium (657 East Ave.) Featured guests will include: David L. Culp, Plantsman and Garden Writer and Elizabeth Licata, Garden Designer and Editor. www.GatheringofGardeners.com.

 September 9 - 14: 4th Greentopia Festival in the Historic High Falls District. The Greentopia Festival is Rochester, New York and the Finger Lakes’ celebration of the green movement sweeping around the globe. This interactive festival will include an expanded film festival, great outdoor musical and other creative events for 2014. www.GreentopiaFest.com


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