Proud Market Plant Sale

Saturday, May 28

rain or shine

8 am until the plants run out!

As always, Proud Market, the Garden Center’s annual plant sale, will take place on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, in the grassy area out front of Warner Castle. This is at least our 28th annual plant sale; no one remembers exactly when it started, or what the name means. But it is believed that “Proud Market” refers to the pride with which sellers offer their special plants.

Don’t miss out on this great plant-buying opportunity - we have 20 vendors with a wide variety of vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees and more. Plants are reasonably priced and this is definitely the place for ‘finds’. Come early because plants sell out fast.

The RCGC table needs your donations! Sales benefit our education program. We need your perennial divisions, extra annuals, etc.

Label your plants, preferably with as much of this information as possible: common name; botanical name; eventual size; sun, soil, & moisture preferences; hardiness; bloom time & color. At a minimum, please note the common name and bloom color.

Michael Hannen has kindly offered his services to pot up plants for the sale. He’ll be on hand for the next few weeks, so if you would like to donate but don’t have time to put plants into containers, bring them to the castle and Michael will do the job. You can drop them off behind the Castle under the iron staircase Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. (Please don’t bring them over the weekend, as they might dry out before we get to them.)

What a guy! Thanks Michael.



RCGC Summer Garden Tour


Gardens of Scottsville and Beyond:

Merging Skill and Style


Saturday, July 9, 2016



This year we couldn’t resist wandering to the south and west of the city, where big is beautiful, small is charming and the art is exceptional. Our adventure takes us through gardens in the town of Chili, the hamlet of Scottsville, and out to the wilds of Oatka Creek. You’ll find plenty to inspire you; two gardens of prominent sculptors, an enormous woodland landscape, a small Williamsburg-style garden, and an abundance of special perennials and hostas are just a few of the highlights of the tour.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit our Summer Garden Tour webpage.


The RCGC 2016 Winter-Spring Catalog is available now - if you would like a hard copy call or email us. Class descriptions and online registration can be accessed using the dropdown menu under Education above or under Catalog on the left sidebar. You can also register for classes by mailing a check made out to RCGC (5 Castle Park, Rochester 14620) or calling 585-473-5130 to charge.


To download a pdf of the catalog, click on the cover image.


Professional credits:

Almost all of our classes qualify for CNLP credits. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, visit the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association's website for more information.



Members' Special

RCGC members who sign up for a class or event may also register a non-member at the member price to introduce them to our programs.


It's now more convenient than ever to borrow books from our library:

Borrow books from RCGC and pick them up at any Monroe County public library
Thanks to a new partnership with the Monroe County Library System (MCLS), we are now able to send our books through the MCLS delivery service.
Find the book(s) you want to borrow using the RCGC Online Library Catalog Search (search box is on the
left hand side of every page on our website) and then use the form on the search page to send us your hold request. Or phone (585-473-5130) or email us ( with your request.
We will contact you to confirm your hold request and let you know when your book(s) will be available at the MCLS library of your choice.
Pick up your book(s) at the library you have chosen. No MCLS library card needed. No fees. No hassles. Simply give them your name and tell them you have RCGC book(s) on hold.


Return the book(s) to ANY Monroe County Public Library or directly to RCGC.