Central New York Land Trust's annual garden tour and plant sale returns to the extraordinarily beautiful Sycamore Hill Gardens located at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike in Marcellus. The gardens will be open, rain or shine, for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday June 20.
"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 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and The Oswego Valley Fiddlers from 2 to 3 p.m.
The cost for adults is $5 in advance at cnylandtrust.org, or $8 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.
The gardens are filled with more than 500 cultivars of trees, a variety of perennials, and an unbelievable collection of hostas. It's a great place for those who love gardening to get ideas.
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. There is no admission fee for the plant sale.
For more than 36 years, the organization has been dedicated to the protection of Central New York's rapidly diminishing supply of important natural areas. Central New York Land Trust currently owns more than 2,500 acres comprising 46 separate natural areas throughout Onondaga and Oswego counties.
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.