A 35-Acre Bouquet

On Sunday, May 10, Sycamore Hill Gardens, located at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus, will host a garden tour for the public in celebration of spring and Mother’s Day. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a leisurely stroll through 35 acres of themed gardens. Proceeds from this event will benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center and its mission to connect children to nature.

With 500,000 flowering bulbs, 700 varieties of trees, thousands of perennials, a bell garden, and ponds filled with colorful Japanese koi fish, visitors can linger all day in this lovely natural setting. A giant maze comprised of 2,200 Emerald Green arborvitaes beckons visitors to wend their way to its core and discover what’s hidden within. A fantastic sight to behold is George Hanford’s spectacular, gigantic green dragon. A living sculpture comprised of 38 Pendulous blue spruce, it was planted to resemble a life-sized dragon complete with rock toes.

These expansive gardens were created and carefully cultivated over the past 20 years by owners Karen and George Hanford. Each year, new features are added and this year is no exception. On Mother’s Day, visitors to the gardens will find a “new set of six-foot long wind chimes near the back patio, which will add a new spring melody for picnickers enjoying lunch and a view of the ponds,” according to Karen Hanford.

Other special features at the Garden Tour this year include a book signing by Young Adult Fantasy writer Summer Hanford, vintage handicrafts by Elizabeth King of “Bees In Her Bonnet,” and locally made maple syrup by Sam and Matt Stearns of SAMS Syrup.  Byrne Dairy is a long-time sponsor of this event and will provide free beverages at the garden tour.

Visit baltimorewoods.org to purchase online tickets or for a list of ticket locations. Tickets are $10 at all sale locations and at the gate. Admission is free for children eight years old and under, and parking is free. The event will take place rain or shine. The gardens are handicapped accessible. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home. Call 315-673-1350 for more information. For a glimpse of the gardens and for directions, go to www.sycamorehillgardens.com. Baltimore Woods Nature Center invites guests to share their Mother’s Day garden photos on Instagram this year (#MOTHERS DAY2015 and #BWNC). Patrons who aren’t able to come to this year’s event but would like to support of Baltimore Woods and its nature education programs can make an online donation at baltimorewoods.org.