Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Another Great Chance to See Sycamore Hill

Central New York Land Trust Hosts Annual Garden Tour

Submitted by CNY Land Trust—Central New York Land Trust's annual garden tour and plant sale returns to the beautiful Sycamore Hill Gardens located at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike in Marcellus.. The gardens will be open, rain or shine, for self-guided tours on Saturday, June 19, from 11 am until 4 pm.

“These private gardens are not usually accessible to the public,” said Jeff Devine, Central New York Land Trust executive director. “George and Karen Hanford own the property and graciously open it to the public a couple times a year for non-profit organizations to hold fundraisers, so our Summer Solstice Garden Tour is a rare opportunity not to be missed.”

The event will feature live music from The Barrigar Brothers from 12:00 - 1:00, and The Oswego Valley Fiddlers from 2:00 - 3:00.

The cost for adults is $8 in advance at, or $10 at the door, and children 12 and under free. Food will be available for purchase, and visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Central New York Land Trust in its work to extend protection to important habitat and natural areas in Central New York and to provide proper stewardship for the 2,500 acres that it currently owns.

Key features of the gardens include several large ponds with fountains and colorful koi, which the children can feed, statuary from all around the world, an evergreen maze and more than 500 cultivars of trees.  The gardens are home to a variety of perennials and an unbelievable collection of hostas making the landscape a mecca for gardeners in the Central New York area.

In conjunction with the garden tour, the organization will also hold a plant and tree sale across the street from the gardens where a variety of local plants will be available for purchase.  The plants come from area gardeners who have made donations from their local gardens and consist primarily of perennials and native plants, trees and shrubs. There is no admission fee for the plant sale.

About Central New York Land Trust, Inc.
Originally established in 1972 as Save The County, Central New York Land Trust is a private, membership-supported, not for profit organization dedicated to the protection of Central New York’s vital natural areas for the health of the environment and the enjoyment of the public.

Anyone can become a member and help maintain properties through financial donations or volunteer work. Central New York Land Trust acquires land either by donation, purchase or bargain sale. The organization improves some properties to include trail systems, parking, and better public access for visitors, while protecting each property’s natural state. All properties are open free of charge for hiking, photography, nature study and other passive recreation from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

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Submitted by CNY Land Trust

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