Flower City Feeling Good Series -- Horticultural Activities

Download 2016 Flower City Feeling Good brochure.   2016 FCLG


Saturday  Workshops 

Get excited about gardening! The City of Rochester has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension and other community groups to provide several exciting garden talks. Talks will take place on Saturday mornings at various City libraries and at the Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center (RUAGTC) at 500 Norton St. 

Members of the Greater Rochester Rose Society will provide expert advice hands-on demonstrations on how to cultivate and care for roses.
  May 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Building Raised Beds
 RUAGTC, 500 Norton St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

May 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rain Barrel Building Workshop   
 RUAGTC, 500 Norton St.  

June 25, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Gardening to Attract

Monroe Library, 809 Monroe Ave.

Saturday Rose Workshops

Greater Rochester Rose Society members will provide expert advice on roses and hands-on demonstrations. Meet by the fountain at the Maplewood Rose Garden; corner of Lake Ave. Workshops are free and will take place rain or shine.

  May 7, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Rose Pruning 

Oct. 1, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Winterizing Roses 

Wednesday Workshops

Join educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension and various community groups as they share their knowledge about growing and maintaining edible gardens. Workshops will take place at the City of Rochester Agriculture Garden Training Center (RUAGTC) located at 500 Norton St.

May 18, 6-8 p.m.,Crop Rotation and Companion Planting                                                                                                                                                 

May 25, 6-8 p.m., Container Planting with Ornamentals

June 1, 6-8 p.m., Weed Identification and Management

June 8, 6-8 p.m., Fertilizing for a Bountiful Harvest

June 15, 6-8 p.m., Successful Watering Techniques

June 22, 6-8 p.m., Composting Basics

July 6, 6-8 p.m., Attracting Pollinators

July 13, 6-8 p.m., Growing Herbs for Tea

July 20, 6-8 p.m., Tips for Growing Berry Crops

Aug.10, 6-8 p.m., Extending the Growing Season

Aug.24, 6-8 p.m., Preparing for the Next Growing Season


Special Horticultural Events

Flower City Days at the Market
Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.

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! Master Gardeners from the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on hand to answer  gardening questions.

  • Sundays, May 15, 22, 29 & June 5, 8 a.m.– 2 p.m. 
  • Additional times over Memorial Day Weekend: Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 

For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/marketevents, or call 428-6907.

Lilac Festival in Highland Park
Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 15
Look for the Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 9 in front of Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 249 Highland Ave.
For more information, visit www.lilacfestival.com, or the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension

 26th Annual Maplewood Rose Celebration: Horticulture, Historyand Heritage of the Maplewood Neighborhood 
Saturday, June 18
Maplewood Park and Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave
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. Enjoy garden tours, craft vendors, Maplewood history and gorge tours, a community garden expo and much more! For a detailed schedule: www.cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest. 

The Urban Agriculture Garden & Training Center

In January 2015, the Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center received a GRO1000 grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to turn vacant property into a hands-on, educational center for community garden leaders, urban gardeners and area youth. The Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center, located at 500 Norton Street on the site of the old Silver Stadium, will house a demonstration garden where area residents can learn about gardening best practices and sustainability techniques. The garden will also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the surrounding community which has limited access to healthy, affordable food options, and serve as a meeting place for area gardeners to network, swap goods, and sell their produce.
Gardening workshops taught by experienced area gardeners will be offered weekly; new and seasoned gardeners are welcome to attend. The garden is open during the workshops or by appointment 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily. To arrange a visit, call 428-7660. 


Other gardening resources in Rochester

Rochester Civic Garden Center: www.rcgc.org