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Marcellus students key to garden tour

Last year, more than 2,000 people turned out on Mother's Day to tour the 35-acres of magnificent gardens and ponds at Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus. Seniors from Marcellus High School provide cheerful assistance to anyone in need. They help at the entry gate, direct traffic in the parking area, hand out milk donated by Byrne Dairy, help young children feed the fish in the pond, and help clean up the premises when the event is over. During past year's tours, we heard nothing but positive comments about the helpful and friendly student volunteers. Their mother's can be proud of their hard work!

A massive, stately bicentennial sycamore serves as the centerpiece at the entrance at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike in Marcellus. The property is adorned by a variety of themed gardens with over 700 varieties of trees, more than 500,000 flowering bulbs, and over 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.

In order to see gardens this beautiful you would have to travel over 250 miles from here to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. The Hanfords have traveled the world over to collect fantastic sculptures, exotic bells and gongs, and lovely church bells that chime tunes across the acres of gardens. They also have remained true to their Central New York roots and have designed a number of the statues themselves and commissioned local artists and casters to create them to their specifications.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday May 10. Spend as long as you wish wandering the paths and enjoying the gardens and the art show and sale in the Hanford's home. Picnicking is encouraged. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. The event will be held rain or shine. Advance sale tickets can be purchased up until 4 p.m. on Saturday May 9 at Baltimore Woods (673-1350), Key Bank in Marcellus, Chocolate Pizza in Marcellus and Elbridge Byrne Dairy, and Creekside Coffee Shop in Skaneateles. All proceeds benefit Baltimore Woods.

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