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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Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: FREE
Van Putte Gardens is celebrating Earth Day this year in a sup’herb’ way for Rochester nature-lovers!

We will be offering BUY 2, GET 1 FREE herb plants, along with our best Green Thumb tips to help you grow delicious herbs at home. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience growing. They are super easy plants to care for, grow happily in containers, AND they reward your efforts with fresh herbs all season long!

We will have plenty of Green Thumb staff available all day to answer your questions on all things green and Earth-friendly, so come by, say hi and celebrate Earth Day with us!

Drop-in during our open hours on Sunday April 22 – no RSVP necessary!

Limit 3 free herbs per customer.

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How To Grow Vegetables Talk
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: FREE

– An Interactive Garden Talk –

Never grown vegetables or herbs before but ready to get your hands dirty?  Then save yourself time, money and confusion by attending this FREE interactive garden talk before you start!  This informative presentation hosted by Van Putte Gardens Center Manager, Rick Stecher, will cover all the basics of vegetable and herb gardening, from seeds to plants to harvest.  You’ll leave with clear, simple answers to questions like:

  • What do I need to start a vegetable garden?
  • What should I grow?
  • Where should I grow it?
  • What’s the deal with “organic”?
  • What if _________ happens?!? (solutions to common problems)

and more!  Rick will introduce some new, fun space-saving vegetable options we have for those with limited room to garden, and there will be plenty of time for questions!  We’ve been gardening in Rochester for 70 years, so come learn our time-tested tips and be successful in your own vegetable garden this year!

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

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Celebrate Van Putte Gardens Day!
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 am
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626 (Map it!)
Admission: FREE
We are celebrating our 70th year in business, and we get a kick out of celebrating it with special pricing, giveaways and activities each year.

We will have tons of in-house one-day-only sales on plants and garden supplies, including discounts on our Van Putte Gardens-exclusive products (15Plus Fertilizer, Countryside grass seed, Van Putte Premium Potting Mix and Port Bay Gold Compost), drawings for Van Putte gift cards and a contest to Enter-to-Win a $150 Van Putte Gardens Shopping Spree! 

It’s our biggest store-wide one-day sale event of the year, so come visit and share your love of gardening with us — it’s the real reason to celebrate!

Check back soon for more details to come.

 

Past Events

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Hands-on Succulent Planter Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $30

A Create-Your-Own Workshop

Tons of unique shapes and colors combined with their low maintenance make it easy to see why there’s such a craze for succulents.  On the other hand, we also know it can be daunting to get started with a new type of plant, so we’re here to make it easy to add these little beauties to your indoor space.

Join us for a fun and educational workshop all about succulents where you’ll learn about the basic varieties, care tips, and how to plant for a successful indoor dish garden.  Then, take what you just learned and put it into action by planting your own gorgeous succulent planter to take home!

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

  • 8″ modern gold succulent planter suitable for home or office (pictured)
  • 4 mini succulents (various types)
  • Soil, decorative rocks, sand, and moss accents

Please Note:

  • Please bring your own gardening gloves if you would like to wear gloves while working with soil.
  • We will be in the greenhouse and the temperature can fluctuate with the sunshine so please dress appropriately in layers.
  • Feel free to bring your own small accents or rocks if you have a particular piece or two you’d like to add.

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

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Celebrate Van Putte Gardens Day!
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
The Town of Greece declared June 18 as Van Putte Gardens Day for our company’s 60th anniversary in 2008.  We are now in our 69th year, and we get a kick out of celebrating it with special pricing, giveaways and activities each year.

We will have tons of in-house one-day-only sales on plants and garden supplies, including 20% off our Van Putte Gardens-exclusive products (15Plus Fertilizer, Countryside grass seed, Van Putte Premium Potting Mix and Port Bay Gold Compost), a drawing for ten (10) $25 Van Putte gift cards and a contest to Enter-to-Win a $100 Van Putte Gardens Shopping Spree!   Plus, we’ll have free popcorn to snack on while you shop!

And don’t forget to bring the kids for our fun, FREE drop-in kids craft* where they will color an acrylic flowerpot to take home.  Purchase a plant to grow in it at home, or give it to the dad in their life for Father’s Day!

It’s our biggest store-wide one-day sale event of the year, so come visit and share your love of gardening with us — it’s the real reason to celebrate!

 

(*FREE flowerpot craft available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 50 children starting at 10 a.m.  ’til 2 p.m.)

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Drop-in Clinic: Pest/Disease Identification
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 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/all-around-plant-guru Steve will be available to diagnose your lawn, vegetable, flower, tree, and shrub problems, and then offer easy organic and non-organic solutions!

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 Steve can see the extent of the damage.
  5. Bring your notes, pictures and sample to Steve during the clinic, and he 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 is a great resource!
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Wildlife Gardening
Sunday, July 23, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE, RSVP required

– An Interactive Garden Talk –

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

We will discuss which plants are best to encourage certain wildlife, which plants will support pollinators, how to create wildlife habitats, and techniques to encourage wildlife to visit throughout the seasons.  Even the smallest garden can become a haven for wildlife – let us show you how!

This class will be taught by Jenna Holzschuh, Assistant Nursery & Perennials Manager 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 wildlife-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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Hands-on Pruning Workshop
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: $10 – received back 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!

This workshop is now full.  Please join our e-mail list to receive invites to future events!

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 12/23/17).
  • 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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Create-Your-Own CREEPY CREATURE! (Kids Grow Club Fall Meeting)
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE, RSVP required
Our annual fall meeting of the Van Putte Gardens Kids Grow Club will be a fun, interactive and educational fall project based on nature’s transition into autumn!

First, Grow Club members ages 5-12 will learn all about the different natural materials found outdoors at this time of the year, like seeds, flower pods, feathers, leaves, sticks, pinecones, nuts, and so much more.  Then, it’s time to put their new knowledge to work and get creative!  Kids will use those same natural materials to craft their own “creepy creature” using a gourd or mini pumpkin as a base (their choice).  Cute or creepy, smiley or scary… it’s up to you!

And don’t forget that kids will also get the chance to try their hands at fun fall activities like pumpkin golf and apple fishing. We always set up cute photo spots for parents to snap pics, and the kids will enjoy a light snack at the end of the hour.  The meeting will be held in our greenhouse where temperature can fluctuate based on the weather, so kids should wear layered playclothes and a light jacket.

No charge, but reservations required.  Please call (585) 225-7770 to RSVP or e-mail kidsgrowclub@vanputte.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There are TWO meetings – at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Please note which meeting your child(ren) will be attending when calling or emailing.
  • Please remember to dress for the great outdoors for this free, fun, educational event!  (Playclothes and a light jacket are suggested.)
  • We will send the RSVP invitation to current Grow Club members a week or so ahead of time.
  • The Kids Grow Club has been a Van Putte tradition for over 20 years, and is free for children ages 5-12.  If your child is NOT yet a member and would like to attend the meeting, please sign up here for the invite!
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Shop Small, Save Big *3-Day Weekend Sale*
Friday, November 24, 2017, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave., 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 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. 24, (Small Business) Saturday, Nov. 25, AND Sunday, Nov. 26!

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!

Note: All sales & coupons will run all three days with one exception: we will offer an extra-special free garden gift as our thank you for shopping small if you stop in ONLY on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25.  Happy Holidays!

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Seed-Starting is Simple! – FULLY BOOKED
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave. Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE

This event is now fully booked, you may call to be added to a wait list.

– An Interactive Garden Talk & Demonstration –

Calling all garden enthusiasts and green-thumbs alike! Learn our best tips and tricks to get a jump start on spring by starting your seeds indoors. Both novice and experienced gardeners will leave better equipped to grow a bountiful garden.

Gardeners know that there are great reasons to start a garden from seed. Maybe it’s getting that early start so you can taste the first home grown tomato in your neighborhood, planting a bigger garden without breaking your budget, or getting the kids involved in a fun garden activity. Whatever the reason is, we hope you’ll join us for a great seminar where we’ll cover everything you need to know for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Topics covered will include seed selection, materials, techniques, proper care and how to prepare your seedlings for transplant.

Our greenhouse manager Steve has been with Van Putte Gardens for 30 years and oversees the thousands of seedlings that we grow onsite every year. He will explain how we start seeds for our large-scale operation, and then break down the process into simple steps for the average home grower. He will demonstrate each step so you can see exactly how to replicate the process at home.

You will leave with a seed starting reference chart that we have tailored throughout our 70 years of growing and the confidence to get started.  You will also receive a 25% discount on all seeds and seed starting supplies valid the day of the class. No preparation or prior experience is needed; just be sure to bring your questions and a willingness to get growing!

There is no cost to attending this event, but reservations are required. So grab a friend and call (585) 225-7770 to reserve your seats today.

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Kids Grow Club Spring Meeting – Grow a Magic Beanstalk!
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Van Putte Gardens
136 North Ave Rochester, NY 14626
Admission: FREE
Come and join in a fun spring project for Grow Club members ages 5-12 where we’ll learn all about how seeds grow! All kinds of plants start growing in the spring, and this year kids will be able to watch their very own magic seed grow, Grow, Grow! After we learn the about germination and demonstrate the various stages of how seedlings grow, kids will roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty!

Each child will be able to grow their own Magic Beanstalk by placing special ingredients in a clear jar. With some water and sunlight at home, they can watch as the roots develop and stem grow from the seed. We will also provide additional seeds for everyone to plant in their own garden when the time is right. In addition, each child will be given a seedling to place in our community planter. The planter will be displayed for the kids to watch as it grows bigger each time they visit Van Putte Gardens this summer!

No charge, but reservations required.  Please call (585) 225-7770 to RSVP or e-mail kidsgrowclub@vanputte.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There are TWO meetings – at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Please note which meeting your child(ren) will be attending when calling or emailing. An adult should also plan on staying for the meeting.
  • Please remember to dress for the great outdoors for this free, fun, educational event!  (Playclothes and a light jacket are suggested.)
  • We will send the RSVP invitation to current Grow Club members a week or so ahead of time.
  • The Kids Grow Club has been a Van Putte tradition for over 20 years, and is free for children ages 5-12. If your child is NOT yet a member and would like to attend the meeting, please sign up here for the invite!
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Lawn Care Talk
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 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 this year by letting us show you how easy it is to grow a healthy, green lawn!

Visit us for an interactive talk at the perfect time to jump start your lawn for the spring season. Mike Wallace, our Rochester Turfline Lawn Care expert, will guide you through the ins and outs of lawn maintenance, explain the advantages of a 4-step program, and introduce you to the correct products for your specific lawn.

Turfline 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 is great at diagnosing problems, so if you have any specific issues or have questions on the best maintenance program for your lawn, this is a great opportunity for free, quick, and knowledgeable answers!

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