Garden Tour for Syracuse Center for Peace & Social Justice

All proceeds to benefit the Syracuse Center for Peace &
Social Justice Accessibility Fund

Sunday, June 5, 2016
11 AM to 4 PM

Sycamore Hill Gardens
2130 Old Seneca Turnpike
Marcellus, NY 13108

Rain or shine. Bring a blanket & picnic! Free yoga from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

In conjunction with the garden tour there will be a beautiful scenic bike tour on some of the pretties country roads in CNY. The ride will be roughly 30 rolling miles and the $25 advance registration fee ($35 after May 29th) includes refreshments and admission to the gardens.
Please call Walter Putter to register for the bike tour: 315-449-4818.

Purchase General Admissions tickets at the Center for Peace & Social Justice
2013 East Genesee Street, Syracuse
or call Jerry Lotierzo 315-243-9823

Tickets: In advance, $5 or whatever you wish to donate
$10 at the door or whatever extra you can spare for the Accessibility Fund.

Kids under 8 admitted free
Free Parking
Refreshments Available

Your entire donation goes directly to the center’s Accessibility Fund, not for profit charities pay no fee for the use of Sycamore Hill Gardens as a fundraising venue.

Enjoy Spring at Sycamore Hill Gardens with WTB

May 15th      1:00PM – 5:00 PM     –      $10

Women Transcending Boundaries will host their annual Sycamore Hill Gardens fundraiser this Sunday, May 15 from 1-5. Please follow this link to their webpage,, to learn more about this event and their many fine local programs. The gardens will be in full spring bloom including daffodils, tulips, flowering shrubs and these lovely Dogtooth violets. Bring a picnic, bring friends and family and enjoy a quiet and beautiful afternoon. For the comfort of our guests, no pets, please.


Mother’s Day Garden Tour

Happy spring! The gardens are looking delicious and speaking of delicious, this year, for the first time ever, the Chicken Bandit Food Truck will be at Sycamore Hill Gardens on Mother’s Day. So pack a lunch or treat Mom to a complete day off! See you Sunday, May 8th from 11-4. Free parking, children 8 and under pay no admission. No pets please.

For more information and to purchase tickets on-line please visit

Open Gardens Saturday & Sunday 9/26 & 27

A big weekend at Sycamore Hill Gardens September 26th and 27th. We’re open Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:00 am both days and the weather forecast is perfect. Bring a picnic, bring your camera, but most of all, bring your family and friends for a lovely day in a serene setting while you support two local Central New York not-for-profits. It’s a great way for all of us to give back to our community and thank some fine area volunteers for their service.

Children are very, very welcome. Sorry, no pets please. We too love our pets but our three terriers will spend a quiet day inside resting up after the hard work of chasing chipmunks and keeping Blue Herons and Canadian geese off the ponds. They have big fun all week long with the added bonus that none of us end up stepping in goose poop while feeding the ginormous Koi. So much more fun when you don’t have to watch where you put your feet.

IMG_6309Of course, there is a downside. Ted, who can’t tell a cat from a raccoon, treed a very large cat an hour ago. The glint in his eye as he jumped repeatedly against the tree trunk was that of a deranged, carnivorous Wildebeest. So, I rounded up the other two pups with promised treats (they did get their treats) and waited an hour before returning with some sharp cheddar and an old blanket. The frantic jumping and demented demeanor remained the same, but the scent of cheese gave Ted enough pause for me to throw the blanket over him and trundle him back from the Bell Garden. Sadly my Fitbit gives no extra steps from lugging a wiggly terrier even on a day that began with a dead woodchuck chase.

On Sunday, the dogs will sleep on the couch watching football with their eyes shut while we do all the work outside. No Ritz crackers with cream cheese and pepper jam for them this weekend.

These are the gardens last open days until Mother’s Day May 8th, 2016, so pack your picnic and come on out to Marcellus and join us in a celebration of fall. See you this weekend. Best, George & Karen Hanford

Garden Ramble, Thursday, August 6th, 10:00- 2:00

Balloon Flower
Balloon Flower

Good News! We’ll be hosting another Weekday Garden Ramble on Thursday, August 6th from 10am to 2pm. Rambles are tailored for 30 to 36 guests and include a box lunch on the patio, golf cart tours for those with difficulty walking, and lots of one-on-one time for questions and answers about the gardens.

With close parking, golf cart pick up as needed, and plenty of individual attention, these rambles offer a great opportunity for a quiet and informative visit to the gardens in between the spring and fall large charity fundraisers.

Come see what’s in bloom, enjoy lunch on the patio, and have plenty of time for questions, garden history, and interesting anecdotes. Invite family and friends and help us fill up our next weekday Garden Ramble!


After a brief climb up a not-too-steep learning curve, a PayPal option will soon be available on this website…fingers crossed it works for you. It did for me! The process to include a registration form within the PayPal structure will be completed mid-week along with an on-line printable form for those who prefer to mail in their registration and lunch choices with their check.

For now, please save the date and time, Thursday, August 6th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and we look forward to seeing you at the next Sycamore Hill Garden Ramble at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus, NY 13108.


Boxed lunches are from Daniel’s Grill in Marcellus, known for its locally sourced ingredients. All Panini’s served on sourdough and include house-made chips and a salad of mixed field -greens, cucumbers, grape tomatoes & red onion with House Vinaigrette.

Dessert & Beverage Included – Chocolate Bundt Cake, Iced Tea, Water & Lemonade.

*Rambles will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds. 

Best, Karen Hanford

Ramble Registration Closed

Sycamore Hill Gardens Will Self-Host More Garden Rambles This Summer

This summer we’ve tried a new tour format at Sycamore Hill Gardens that we’re calling Weekday Garden Rambles. To date, we’ve hosted two four-hour rambles held from 9am to 1pm and a third from 4:30pm to dusk. All three have included a catered box meal on the patio with sandwich and salad choices, cookies and fresh fruit salad, chips and a choice of ice tea or lemonade.  During the event my time is spent using the garden’s six-passenger golf cart to give tours to anyone with difficulty walking, making frequent stops along the way to answer questions from other ramblers followed by doing my best at the group question and answer session on the patio during the meal.

Lamb’s Quarter
Lamb’s Quarter

I readily admit to being “brighter” in the mornings but sometimes that’s much too obvious, and Wednesday night’s ramble was one of those times. I suppose a day spent tarting up the patio and driveway using a pint-sized, flat-bottomed shovel to remove the coating of mud from the previous night’s downpour might be considered a mitigating factor, but by 6:30, as I stood on the patio for the Q & A session, I was feeling distinctly less than brilliant.

My answer to the first question was along the lines of “Gee wiz, I’ll have to go out to the Bell Garden and take a look.” The correct answer to the first question was Liatris spicata Blazing Star and there are times of day when I actually do know this!

I quickly moved on to the second question figuring it had to be uphill from here. Silly me! “What is that beautiful purple flowering plant we can see from the patio?” To which I responded, “We got that from Marcellus Nursery. Um, does Lamb’s Quarter sound right?” A few quietly murmured “noes” from here there on the patio was the polite response, and here I have to thank our generous spirited guests for restraining their laughter. “Thank YOU!” My rapid rejoinder was to launch into a totally unrelated garden anecdote.

Lamb’s Ear
Lamb’s Ear

The correct answer is Hummelo Betony, a plant with a vague resemblance to Lamb’s Ear but with much more distinctive blooms and lovely green foliage. Lamb’s Quarter? Lamb’s Ear? Well, maybe ordering a box meal and actually eating would have helped. I live in hope.

For those of you who missed these rambles, we will be having several more this season using the same format self-hosted by Sycamore Hill Gardens.

Special thanks the 94 people who each attended one of our three Garden Rambles to support CNY Reads One Book, a program of the Onondaga County Public Library System. Your $30 donations included a $10 catered box lunch. Sycamore Hill Gardens will continue that format with it’s own self-hosted Day Time Garden Rambles. Look for dates, details, and menu choices in next week’s blog.

These Sycamore Hill Garden events will all be held weekdays between 10am and 2pm with time to ramble both before and after lunch. They are tailored for 30 to 36 guests with close parking, golf cart pick up as needed, and are held on a rain or shine basis. They offer a great opportunity for a quiet visit to the gardens during the summer months in between spring and fall large charity fundraisers.

Hummelo Betony
Hummelo Betony

Come see what’s in bloom, enjoy lunch on the patio, and have plenty of time for questions, garden history, and interesting anecdotes. Please bring family and friends and help us fill up these new weekday Garden Rambles!