Flower City Looking Good offers rewarding and important opportunities to keep Rochester clean and green!
Clean Sweep Saturdays: Help get Rochester Ready for Spring!
Join the thousands of volunteers that will work with City crews to plant, clean, and beautify our community! This year's Clean Sweep Saturday schedule:
Saturdays, 9 to 1 pm
4/27: North West - Edgerton Park
5/4: South East - Cobbs Hill Park
5/11: South West - Genesee Valley Park
5/18: North East - Northeast NSC
Mount Hope Cemetery Sweep
April 21: Join the Friends of Mount Hope and the cemetery's neighbors for a spring clean up! Check in is at 8:30 am and work begins at 9 am. Lunch will be available at 12:30 pm. Some tools and gloves will be available, but participants are encourage to bring their own rakes and garden tools. Meet at 1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 (opposite The Distillery restaurant) Map
Registration required. Register online at www.cityofrochester.gov/mthopesweep or by calling 311 (428-6990 outside City limits)
In the event of dangerous weather, cancellation will be posted on the registration page as soon as possible.
Rochester Blossoms and Perennial Swaps
Rochester Blossoms: Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, October8, 7 - 9 a.m.
- Spring registration deadline is May 11.
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 428-6770 or emailing email@example.com. (Call earlier to discuss planting locations!)
Plants also are distributed to neighborhood organizations for planting. (Daffodil and tulip bulbs will be distributed on Oct. 6.--register by Sept. 25).
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
May 4: Scout Sweep, 9 a.m. to noon
Area scouts and other volunteers will clean the entire length of the Genesee Riverway Trail from Turning Point Park to Genesee Valley Park. Scout troops may contact Otetiana Council at (585) 244-4210 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 14: 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
27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 15, 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.
The efforts of hundreds of dedicated city gardeners have been recognized over the past 18 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:
- Best Use of Container Gardening;
- Best Use of a Water Feature
- Best Educational Garden Project
- Best Community Enhancement Garden
- Best Wildlife/Butterfly Habitat Garden
- Most Colorful Garden.
Deadline for 2013: July 31. There's also a Winter Garden Contest, with an entry deadline of February 26, 2014.
Call (585) 428-6770 or go to www.cityofrochester.gov/gardencontest for information or to access the contest entry form.