Upcoming Events

Garden workshops, landscape & backyard projects, and other events

Our Green Thumbs just love sharing their gardening do’s & don’ts, so we hold a variety of garden events, garden workshops and interactive garden talks throughout the season. We hope you’ll join us soon!

If you’re looking for kids gardening projects and events, please visit our Kids Grow Club page.

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Hands-on Pruning Workshop
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: $10 – received back with in store voucher

– A Hands-On Workshop –

A beautiful landscape relies on its trees and shrubs for structure.  We like to think of them as the woody, perennial heart of your garden!  In this hands-on workshop, you will go out into several areas of our 5-acre tree & shrub nursery to learn the ins, outs, dos and don’ts of tree, shrub & perennial pruning.

The workshop begins with a short discussion of the different pruner styles and sizes, and how to keep this most important tool in tip-top pruning condition.  Then we get you right outside for lots of hands-on practice and real-life examples!  Observe demos of both deciduous and evergreen tree & shrub pruning methods paired with our handy tips of the trade.  Then put what you’ve learned to work by practicing on some of our trees & shrubs before heading home to make sure your own landscape is healthy and ready for its winter rest this year!

To help you through your new adventures in pruning, all participants will receive the cost of the workshop back ($10) in a Van Putte voucher toward pruners, trees, shrubs, or anything else you might need from the garden center!

Space is limited, RSVP and pre-payment are required. To register, please call (585) 225-7770.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There is no rain date for this workshop.  If it is lightly drizzling, please wear a rain jacket.  If there is lightning, we will contact you by phone to refund the cost in the original form of payment.
  • All participants will receive a $10 voucher at Van Putte Gardens to use on anything in the nursery or garden center (expires 12/23/19).
  • Please bring your own pruners (and gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves during the workshop).  It will be to your benefit to use the same pruners you’ll have at home during the workshop.  If you don’t have a set of pruners yet, we will have a brief discussion at the start of the workshop on pruner styles so you can purchase a set then, or we will have a few extra sets participants can practice with.

Past Events

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Proper Planting Techniques
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

– An Interactive Garden Talk –

The arrival of Autumn means it’s time for early fall planting. Cool temperatures, good moisture and warm soil allows roots to establish in their new home before colder weather sets in, getting a head start on spring. To achieve success, proper planting can be the difference in a plant’s survival. This FREE interactive garden talk with our Garden Center Manager, Rick Stecher will discuss planting rules of thumb for all seasons including mulching, fertilizing and staking techniques. Rick has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and is a plant guru. So even if you know the basics, there is a good chance you will learn a trick or two from Rick and increase the odds your plants will thrive.

This talk is FREE, but reservations required (space is limited).  Please call (585) 225-7770 to RSVP.

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Fall Wreath Workshop
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $50.00

– A Make-Your-Own Workshop –

Celebrate the autumn season by making your own fall decorative wreath in this hands-on workshop!  We’ll start out by going over some basic wreath decorating tips, and then step by step create our fall wreaths. By the end you’ll be taking home your one of a kind masterpiece that can hang on your front door and enjoy all season long!

All instruction and materials are included in the price of this workshop:

  • 18″ grapevine wreath
  • Fall décor accents like grass, berries, leaves & flowers
  • Fall themed bow for the perfect finishing touch

Reservations and pre-payment are required by calling us at (585) 225-7770.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Please bring your own gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves while working.
  • We will be in the greenhouse and the temperature can fluctuate with the sunshine so please dress appropriately in layers.
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Autumn Lawn Care Tips
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

– An Interactive Garden Talk –

When it comes to lawn care, many people focus on seeding and making their lawn look perfect during the spring months as this is when your lawn is fully on display for everyone to see. However, fall is not the time to neglect your lawn maintenance. Proper fall care will give you a jump start next spring. In fact, the Autumn months of September, October and November are the peak periods where your lawn needs you the most! Wondering why that’s the case? Rick Stecher, our Garden Center Manager, will cover aspects of both conventional and organic lawn care with an emphasis on proper maintenance and fertilizer selection for not only fall, but every season. Knowing what to do and when to do it is half the battle for maintaining a lush, healthy lawn year-round. Learn about the benefits of Van Putte Gardens products over alternatives and discuss seeding, common weeds, pests and issues. He will give advice on the best products and methods to resolve them. Join us for the best tips for your best lawn yet!

This talk is FREE, but reservations required (space is limited). Please call (585) 225-7770 to RSVP.

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Black Friday – Shop Small, Save Big *3-Day Weekend Sale*
Friday, November 23, 2018, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
We’ve combined our Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales into one long 3-day weekend sale! Don’t miss this Holiday decorating sale! Trees, wreaths, greens, roping, plants, gifts for the gardener, and everything you need to make your holiday home bloom!

Sign up here for an e-mail invite to our exclusive e-mail-list-only specials on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!

 

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Small Business Saturday – Shop Small, Save Big *3-Day Weekend Sale*
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
We are proud to be your local garden center and want to thank you for shopping small, so we’ve combined our sale into one long 3-day weekend sale! Stop by and say hello, and enjoy treats and warm drinks while you shop.  Don’t forget to grab your free garden gift as our thank you for shopping small!  Sign up here to join our exclusive email list and receive a special “best deal of the season” coupon valid only on Small Business Saturday!
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Hands-on Wreath Workshop
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $40

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop – FULLY BOOKED

There’s nothing like the scent of fresh evergreen to make you start thinking “Christmas!”  Welcome in the Christmas season by decorating your own holiday wreath in this hands-on workshop!  We’ll start out by going over some basic design tips and tricks in our poinsettia-filled greenhouse, and then turn you loose to create your own one-of-a-kind fresh holiday wreath!

All instruction and materials are included in the price of this workshop:

  • 24″ fresh Fraser wreath (Fraser wreaths have long-lasting, dark green needles to last through the holiday season)
  • Additional mixed evergreen tips for accent
  • Natural holiday décor accents like berries, pine-cones and white branches
  • Weather-resistant outdoor bow for the perfect finishing touch

This workshop is now fully booked. Like us on Facebook for the most up to date information regarding events, or sign up for our emails here.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Please bring your own gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves while working (some people are more or less sensitive to evergreen boughs).
  • We will be in the greenhouse and the temperature can fluctuate with the sunshine so please dress appropriately in layers.
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Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
Celebrate the season by coming to our Annual Christmas Open House, where kids can bring their list & visit with Santa from 11-2 p.m. All will enjoy browsing our holiday gift shop and warm greenhouse full of poinsettias and other traditional holiday plants while enjoying a variety of complimentary holiday treats, popcorn, hot cocoa and coffee.  Let our Green Thumbs help you pick out the perfect Christmas tree and wreath… our Van Putte tradition of a free ornament with every tree purchase will help get your decorating started! Come home for the holidays to Van Putte Gardens.
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Christmas Open House
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave, Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
Celebrate the season by coming to our Annual Christmas Open House, where kids can bring their list & visit with Santa from 11-2 p.m. All will enjoy browsing our holiday gift shop and warm greenhouse full of poinsettias and other traditional holiday plants while enjoying a variety of complimentary holiday treats, popcorn, hot cocoa and coffee.  Let our Green Thumbs help you pick out the perfect Christmas tree and wreath… our Van Putte tradition of a free ornament with every tree purchase will help get your decorating started! Come home for the holidays to Van Putte Gardens.
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Hands-on Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $45

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop – FULLY BOOKED

There’s nothing like the scent of fresh evergreen to make you start thinking “Christmas!”  Welcome in the Christmas season by making your own homemade porch pot in this hands-on workshop!  We’ll start out by going over some basic tips and tricks for natural floral arrangements in our poinsettia-filled greenhouse, and then turn you loose to create your own one-of-a-kind holiday porch pot!

All instruction and materials are included in the price of this workshop:

  • 12″ diameter red plastic porch pot (plastic is ideal for winter arrangements since ceramic and terracotta crack more easily in cold temperatures)
  • Mixed evergreen boughs
  • Natural holiday décor accents like berries, pinecones and white branches
  • Weather-resistant outdoor bow for the perfect finishing touch

This workshop is now fully booked. Like us on Facebook for the most up to date information regarding events, or sign up for our emails here.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Please bring your own gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves while working (some people are more or less sensitive to evergreen boughs).
  • Please bring your own pruners if possible, or we will have a few sets of pruners available for use during the workshop.
  • We will be in the greenhouse and the temperature can fluctuate with the sunshine so please dress appropriately in layers.
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Hands-on Centerpiece Workshop
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $40

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop –

Dress up your holiday table this season by making your own homemade fresh centerpiece in this hands-on workshop!  The class will be led by Brittany, a manager at Van Putte Gardens who loves getting involved in decorating all of the wreaths, centerpieces, porch pots, and handmade holiday décor here at the garden center!  We will meet in our poinsettia-filled greenhouse, where she’ll start by offering up her basic tips and tricks for natural floral arrangements, after which it’ll be time to create your own one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece!

All instruction and materials are included in the price of this workshop:

  • 11″ horizontal “Surreal” brand authentic birch planter
  • Mixed fresh evergreen boughs like fraser fir, balsam fir, juniper, holly, incense cedar, etc.
  • Natural holiday décor accents like berries, pine cones and white and natural branches

(The event picture shows the centerpiece design for this year, including the unique, reusable centerpiece container.  And don’t worry if you’re not crafty – we will make sure you go home with a centerpiece to be proud of!)

Reservations and pre-payment are required by calling us at (585) 225-7770.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Please bring your own gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves while working (some people are more or less sensitive to evergreen boughs).
  • Please bring your own pruners if possible, or we will have a few sets of pruners available for use during the workshop.
  • We will be in the greenhouse and the temperature can fluctuate with the sunshine so please dress appropriately in layers.