5th Annual Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, February 13
10 am-2 pm

Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on gently used and vintage gardening books. This year we’ve received a record number of used garden books from generous members and friends who have been downsizing or moving. We’ll also have an assortment of vases, decorative pots and cachepots. Everything is at great prices, and we’ll provide refreshments as well as plenty of free seed catalogs and back issues of magazines. While you’re here, visit our Horticultural Library to borrow books and see what’s new.



25th Annual RCGC Spring Symposium

March 12, 2016

9 am-3 pm

at the Memorial Art Gallery


William Cullina is Executive Director of the Coastal Main Botanical Gardens, one of North America’s newest and most exciting public gardens. He is a recognized authority on North American native plants and the author of several books: Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite; Native Ferns, Mosses and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden; Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants; and The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada.

Talks: What Do You Mean I'm Not a Perennial!?! – Native Shrubs and Small Trees for Perennial Companionship and The Botany of Design


Jennifer Bartley is a landscape architect and author of Designing the New Kitchen Garden and The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook. She owns the design firm American Potager, and creates garden spaces that are productive, elegant year-round and allow gardeners to embrace a simpler life more connected to the landscape, the seasons and the food they eat.

Talk: Designing the New Kitchen Garden


Members $48, non-members $58

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit our Symposium webpage.


Special thanks to our Symposium co-sponsor:

St. John'sSt. John's offers a full spectrum of services from housing to skilled care that help seniors embrace living their way • (585) 760-1300 • stjohnsliving.org



And to our Symposium Underwriters: Allyn's Creek Garden Club The Arbour Barber The Artful Gardener  •  Clover Nursery & Garden Center    Lawrence and Shirley Dawson    Gerald and Karen Kral  •  Lucas Greenhouses  •  Pine Creek Landscape  •  Rochester Garden Club    Rochester Public Marke  Sara's Garden Center


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 (rcgclib@frontiernet.net) 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.