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BWNC offers something special for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, but have you considered doing something different, maybe unique and very special to celebrate the day set aside for moms this year.

Why not pack a picnic lunch, gather up the family and venture out to Sycamore Hill Gardens for it 2009 Mother's Day Garden Tour to benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

A massive, stately bicentennial sycamore tree serves as the centerpiece at the entrance at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike in Marcellus. More than 25 acres of the 600-acre property are adorned by a variety of themed gardens with over 700 varieties of trees, more than 500,000 flowering bulbs and more than five acres of ponds.

Children love to linger along the banks of the ponds to feed the colorful Japanese koi, ring the bells and gongs in the bell garden and play in the maze.

Who owns this beautiful property? George and Karen Hanford are, and they take great pride in the view. They have traveled the world over to collect fantastic sculptures, exotic bells and gongs and chimes. Be sure to stop at the house to see the exhibit of artworks by local artists on display, and for sale.

The tour will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday May 10 at the gardens. Spend as long as you wish wandering the paths and enjoying the gardens. Picnicking is encouraged.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Key Bank, Ja Spa and The Chocolate Pizza Company in Marcellus, and Creekside Books and Coffee in Skaneateles. All proceeds benefit Baltimore Woods.

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