George Eastman House opens gardens May 1

For Release 2009-04-23

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The historic gardens of George Eastman House will open for the season on Friday, May 1, and will remain open through October Here are several ways to enjoy the gardens this season:

Daily Garden Tours

Garden tours begin Thursday, May 1, and continue through September. Garden tours take place at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. (However, for the month of May only, garden tours will be offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) All garden tours are led by docents and are scheduled to take place after the daily docent-led house tours. The tours are included with museum admission.

Garden Classes

On the second Saturday of each month, beginning May 9 and continuing through Sept. 12, gardeners may train “hands-on” in the historic garden with Eastman House landscape staff. To learn more or to register, please emailgardens@geh.org or call (585) 271-3361 ext. 224. (Pre-registration required)

Annual Plant Sale

Take home some historical varieties and perennials from the Eastman House gardens, via a plant sale held behind the Rock Garden, located at the rear of George Eastman House, near the University Avenue entrance. This year’s sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Free admission. For more information, please call (585) 271-3361 ext. 218.

Garden Vibes Concerts

Four garden concerts featuring Rochester-based bands will take place in July and August in the Townson Terrace Garden and on the East Vista lawn. The concerts of the 16th annual Garden Vibes series take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) on July 9 (The Campbell Brothers), July 23 (Watkins and the Rapiers), Aug. 6 (The Hi-Risers), and Aug. 20 (No Strings Attached). Admission is $10 for adults/free for children 12 and under ($7 members), with a special music and movie package offered this season, featuring the concert combined with the 8:30 p.m. Dryden film. For more information, please visit www.eastmanhouse.org

Admission to George Eastman House is $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens (60 and older); $6 for students; $4 for children (5-12); and free for children 4 and under. For more information, please visit www.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.

George Eastman House gardens open May 1

Garden tours at George Eastman House begin Friday, May 1, and continue through September. In May and September (before Memorial Day and after Labor Day), garden tours take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, and in June, July, and August garden tours take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. All garden tours are led by docents and are scheduled to take place after the daily docent-led house tours. The tours are included with museum admission.

 

Annual Plant Sale

Take home some historical varieties and perennials from the Eastman House gardens, via a plant sale held behind the Rock Garden, located at the rear of George Eastman House, near the University Avenue entrance. This year’s sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Free admission. For more information, please call (585) 271-3361 ext. 224.

Garden Vibes Concerts

Four garden concerts featuring popular Rochester bands will take place in July and August in the Townson Terrace Garden and on the East Vista lawn. The concerts of the 15th annual Garden Vibes series take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) on July 9 (The Campbell Brothers), July 23 (Watkins and the Rapiers), Aug. 6 (The Hi-Risers), and Aug. 20 (No Strings Attached). Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. For more information, please visit www.eastmanhouse.org

 

New Garden Classes Offered at Eastman House

Adult gardeners of all levels can enjoy the rare opportunity to learn hands-on in the Museum’s historic garden with a new series of Saturday morning garden classes. Taught by Landscape Curator Amy Kinsey and Head Gardener Andy Joss, participants receive general and specific information for each topic, with time spent training in the garden as an outdoor “classroom.” Popularity of garden-related tours, lectures, and coffee talks prompted the Museum to develop this learning series. “It has always been part of the goal of the landscape department to offer garden classes, and we will be testing the waters with the hope that they continue every year,” said Kinsey. Classes are held May through September, on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics scheduled are Spring Herbaceous Perennial Propagation (May 9), Spring Pruning (June 13), Summer Garden Maintenance (July 11), Summer Herbaceous Perennial Propagation (August 8), and Fall Pruning (September 12). Garden tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. A tool and apparel list for each class will be mailed in advance. Cost for the entire five-class series is $150/$125 members. Individual classes are $30/$25 members. Class sizes are limited; early registration is suggested. For information, call (585) 271-3361 ext. 224.

Eastman House seeking garden docents

Eastman House is seeking volunteers with an interest in gardening to serve as garden docents, to interpret the historic gardens for visitors from around the world. If you enjoy meeting people and have an interest in history and horticulture, we invite you to join our team. The Museum is also seeking volunteers to help maintain the historic gardens. Talk with fellow gardening enthusiasts as you weed and cultivate. Commune with nature as your prune. Garden docent training classes will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, April 27, 28, 29, and May 4, 5, 6. If interested, please contact gardens@geh.org.



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