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 Wreath Decorating Workshop – 10 AM & 2 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: $45

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop –

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

Reservations and pre-payment are required by calling us at (585) 225-7770. Space is limited and this workshop is sure to fill up so don’t wait to register.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There are 2 class times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., please be sure to specify which class you want to participate in. Each class will last approximately 1 hour.
  • 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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Shop Small, Save Big *3-Day Weekend Sale*
Friday, November 29, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: FREE
We are proud to be your local garden center and want to thank you for shopping small, so we’ve combined our Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales into one long 3-day weekend sale!

That means trees, wreaths, greens, roping, plants, gifts for the gardener, and everything you need to make your holiday home bloom will ALL be on sale ALL 3 days — (Black) Friday Nov. 29, (Small Business) Saturday, Nov. 30, AND Sunday, Dec. 1!

Enjoy holiday treats, coffee and hot chocolate while you shop on any of the three days of our long weekend sale.  We hope to see you then!

Sign up here to join our exclusive email list and receive our exclusive e-mail-list-only specials & coupons valid on “Shop Small, Save Big 3-Day Weekend” and throughout the holiday season!

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Hands-on Porch Pot Workshop – 10 AM & 2 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: $45

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop –

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

Reservations and pre-payment are required by calling us at (585) 225-7770. Space is limited and this workshop is sure to fill up so don’t wait to register.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There are 2 class times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., please be sure to specify which class you want to participate in. Each class will last approximately 1 hour.
  • 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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Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
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 8, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
136 North Ave, Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
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 Birch Centerpiece Workshop – 10 AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
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. Space is limited and this workshop is sure to fill up so don’t wait to register.

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 Candle Centerpiece Workshop – 2 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: $40

– A Create-Your-Own Workshop –

Give your holiday table a glow this season by making your own homemade fresh candle 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:

  • 10″ base container
  • Mixed fresh evergreen boughs like fraser fir, balsam fir, juniper, incense cedar, etc.
  • Natural holiday décor accents like berries, pine cones and ribbon
  • 3 – taper candles

* The candle centerpiece pictured represents the likeness of the finished product, but each individual piece will vary based on supplies choosen. 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. Space is limited and this workshop is sure to fill up so don’t wait to register.

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.

Past Events

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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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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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Redeem Candy Cane Cash!
Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

Redeem Candy Cane Cash starting Friday, 12/7/18 through Sunday, 12/16/18!

2018 PROGRAM DETAILS:

EARN $1 Candy Cane Cash for every $10 dollars spent between 11/6 and 12/6/18.
REDEEM Candy Cane Cash from 12/7 through 12/16/18.
Valid on garden center purchases only, excludes labor, delivery, gift cards, special orders & contractor pricing.
No cash value. Earn Candy Cane Cash in $1 increments on pre-tax total after all discounts, coupons & vouchers applied.

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Turf Line 4-Step Lawn Care Program Interactive Talk
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

– An interactive Garden Talk –

It can be intimidating to tackle your lawn after a long, cold winter, but, you can make your neighbors envious by letting us show you how easy it is to grow a healthy, green lawn!

Visit us for an interactive talk and jump start your lawn for the spring season with Turf Line’s 4-Step Program. Mike Wallace, our Rochester Turf Line Lawn Care expert along with Rick Stecher, our Garden Center Manager, will guide you through the ins and outs of the 4-step program. Whether you are new to caring for your lawn or a pro, these experts will guide you through the advantages of using the 4-step program. Plus, enjoy a Q&A session at the end of the presentation for any specific questions you may have.

Turf Line products are locally manufactured (specifically for our soils) in Monroe County, and getting started in April is the easiest way to a green, healthy and grub-free lawn. Mike & Rick are great at diagnosing problems, so if you have any specific issues or questions, this is a great opportunity for free, quick, and knowledgeable answers! Be sure to bring photos or samples for us to look at for the best diagnosis.

This event is FREE, but reservations are required. Call (585) 225-7770 to reserve your spot today.

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Lawn Care for the Natural Gardener Interactive Talk
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

– An interactive Garden Talk –

Spring is around the corner, and your grass will soon be green and growing. With so many garden products on the market, it can be confusing on which ones are best for your yard and the environment. If you want to have a lush green lawn naturally, this interactive talk is for you!

Rick Stecher, our Garden Center Manager, will guide you through the ins and outs of organic and natural lawn care solutions.  He has over 30 years’ experience as an organic practitioner, including accreditation as a NOFA landscape specialist.  He will educate participants on the treatment of weeds, fertilization, pests, and general lawn maintenance that is safe for people and pets.  Natural lawn care is easy with the right tools, products and knowledge, so join us for this informational garden talk!

Rick is great at diagnosing problems, so if you have any specific issues or questions, this is a great opportunity for free, quick, and knowledgeable answers! Be sure to bring photos or samples for us to look at for the best diagnosis.

This event is FREE, but reservations are required. Call (585) 225-7770 to reserve your spot today.

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Spring Pruning Workshop
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $10

– 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 learn the ins, outs, dos and don’ts of tree, shrub & perennial pruning.

The workshop begins with a discussion of the different pruner styles and sizes, and how to keep this most important tool in tip-top pruning condition.  Then observe demos of both deciduous and evergreen tree & shrub pruning methods paired with our handy tips of the trade.  You’ll be able to put what you’ve learned to work by practicing on some of our examples before heading home to make sure your own landscape is healthy and ready for the growing season!

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 conditions are such that we need to cancel we will contact you by phone to refund the cost in the original form of payment.
  • 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.
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Make-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $40

– A Hands-on Workshop –

Rain barrels are a useful, thrifty, and eco-friendly addition to the home landscape and the community at large.  Rain barrels collect water and store it for when you need it most to water plants, wash your car, or to top a swimming pool.  Garden and lawn watering accounts for 40% of residential water use during the summer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to a rain barrel’s water catch, the typical gardener can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season.  They also reduce the amount of water that needs to undergo expensive sewage treatment by reducing stormwater runoff to storm drains by collecting rainwater runoff from rooftops.

Join us for a hands-on interactive workshop where you will learn the benefits of rain barrels, and how to install and use one in your own backyard from our expert instructor.  Then it will be time to put together your own 55-gal rain barrel to take home! Don’t worry if you’re not super handy — we will have plenty of help on-site to assist you with the construction if needed.  Attendees can then connect their rain barrels to a gutter downspout at home.

This workshop is subsidized by a state grant to educate the public on water quality and is sponsored by the Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County.  The instructor is Caroline Kilmer M.S., a stormwater consultant who has over 17 years of experience in the area of water quality and has helped design and construct many local rain gardens, and Tim Cawley from the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Space is limited and this event will fill quickly, so don’t delay and RSVP by calling (585) 225-7770.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • RAIN DATE: This workshop will be held outside, weather depending.  Rain date is Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.  All efforts will be made to hold the workshop on the original date, but attendees should be available to attend either time.  If we are rained out both days, workshop fees will be refunded in the original method of payment.  There will be no refunds offered if the workshop is held on the rain date instead of original date.
  • YOUR VEHICLE: We will have staff on hand to assist you with loading your vehicle.  Please make sure to leave space in your vehicle to transport your barrel home that night.
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Planting for Pollinators Garden Talk
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

– An Interactive Garden Talk –

Join us for this interactive talk on how to turn your garden into a beautiful, functional and welcoming space for pollinators of all kinds.  We will start by discussing all the different pollinators that may visit your garden, from the smallest insects such as butterflies and bees, all the way up to larger visitors like birds.

We will discuss the benefits of pollinators in your yard, why attracting specific pollinators to your garden is important, and what plants to add to your garden to encourage pollinator visits throughout the growing season.  Even the smallest garden can be beneficial – let us show you how!

This class will be taught by Jenna Holzschuh, our Nursery & Perennials Buyer here at Van Putte Gardens.  Jenna has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Biology, with a concentration in Terrestrial & Avian Ecology, and volunteers with the songbird division at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory in her spare time.

All attendees will go home with a Rochester-specific handout on pollinator-friendly plant options and wildlife gardening tips.

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

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Drop-in Clinic: Pest/Disease Identification
Sunday, August 11, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
Summer is here and now that you’ve got your gardens planted, ’tis the season for animal pests, insects, and disease to become more visible, and more destructive — Mother Nature likes to give us all a challenge from time to time!

But never fear! Our Green Thumb staff have got you covered.  During this drop-in clinic, our resident horticulturalist/botanist/Greenhouse Manager/Garden Center Manager/all-around-plant-guru’s Steve & Rick will be available to diagnose your lawn, vegetable, flower, tree, and shrub problems, and then offer easy organic and non-organic solutions! Want to see whats really eating your plants? Check out Rick’s handy-dandy microscope with TV display for a great view of whatever issues you have.

Before You Arrive:

4 Easy Steps to Collect a Sample for Pest/Disease Identification:

  1. Observe your plant (or turf) in the morning and evening. Sometimes insects are only active at certain times of day and you don’t want to miss the culprit!
  2. Make a note of where the plant is growing, how long it’s been planted, and any other details (like if you’ve been away on vacation for a week, if any other plants have similar damage, etc.).
  3. Collect a sample of any insects you see, and a clipping from the damaged plant. Try to catch any live insects in a bag or sealed container, or bring a clipping of the transitional area (where the plant or turf changes from healthy to damaged). For turfgrass, cut a 1 foot square section that includes the transitional area.
  4. Try to take a picture of the entire plant/tree or lawn area so we can see the extent of the damage.
  5. Bring your notes, pictures and sample to Steve/Rick during the clinic, and they will determine the cause, then offer organic or other solutions per your preference!

Note:

  • Arrive any time between 1 and 3 p.m. – this is a drop-in event.
  • Please bring a sample and pictures of any specific lawn/garden problems, or just bring your general lawn and garden questions – Steve & Rick are great resources!