Gathering of Gardeners

Gathering of Gardeners


21st Annual Gathering of Gardeners

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CCE-Monroe County Master Gardener Volunteers welcome you to attend our 21st Annual “Gathering of Gardeners” symposium. We are gathering on September 9th at our NEW location: DoubleTree (by Hilton) Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Rd., Rochester 14623.

Our featured speakers, Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila, are nationally known teachers, authors, illustrators and landscape professionals. They will be bringing their years of experience to help us “Make the Most of Change.” Yes, it's time to “hedge our bets”! Come prepared to learn what makes some plants hardy, others hardier, and those that might be willing to be “pushed” to another planting zone. Janet and Steven will also be giving their thoughts on the “best of the best” perennials, trees and shrubs. Hear their tips on the best combinations for seasonal color, forms, textures and foliage within your site requirements. If that is not enough, discussion of a garden's evolving shade profile will top off a day of embracing change in our gardens. Hear their techniques for getting the most from your space by nurturing a delightful shady or woodland garden area.

In addition to these speakers, the Master Gardeners will be hosting a parking lot sale that is open to the public throughout the symposium hours (8am–4pm). Specialty vendors will be bringing us their best! The DoubleTree luncheon deli buffet may be pre-ordered with your symposium registration. Join us for the day or you are welcome to stop by and shop with our parking lot plant sale. Symposium guests may take advantage of reduced fee reservations at the DoubleTree. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel at least four weeks in advance using promo code: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. 

A Gathering of Gardeners

Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:00 – 9:00 Registration, coffee, auction ticket sales, parking lot sale

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 Janet Macunovich -- Evolving Shady Gardens

10:15 – 11:00 Break – Auction ticket sales, parking lot sale

11:00 – 12:00 Steven Nikkila – Great Plants & Their Companions

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch – Last auction ticket sales, parking lot sale

1:15 – 2:15 Janet and Steven – Gardener, Hedge Your Bets

2:15 – 3:00 Auction Results

3:00 – 4:00 Parking Lot Sale



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Walter Nelson
Horticulture Program Leader


DoubleTree by Hilton
1111 Jefferson Rd
Rochester, NY 14623