Summer Solstice Garden Tour 2019 at Sycamore Hill Gardens

Saturday, June 22nd from 11-4  Open to the Public

Summer Solstice Garden Tour Saturday, June 22 from 11-4 to benefit Women Transcending Boundaries   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

This celebration of the Summer Solstice is an annual fundraising event  to support the programs of Women Transcending Boundaries-pack a picnic, bring a blanket or enjoy seating on the patio or throughout the grounds. This is a family-friendly event and children are very, very welcome. Chicken Bandit Food Truck, Bluegrass music, Craft Fair, Face Painting, as well as Tai Chi, Meditation, a Bake Sale, and More!!! Free Parking.

This is Women Transcending Boundaries’s annual fundraiser, held this year in the spirit of community with the Central New York Land Trust. Admission is $12.00/children under 8 free; pre-sale $6.00 tickets are available until June 12. Call Betsy Wiggins for tickets (315-439-2925).   Link:

Tickets are also available at

  • Salt City Ace Hardware Store, 325 Nottingham Rd. (Nottingham Plaza), Syracuse
  • Carol Watson Greenhouse, 2980 Sentinel Heights Rd. (Rt. 173), Lafayette
  • Side Hill Farmers Butcher Shop, 315 Fayette St., Manlius
  • Rolands Main Street Sporting Goods, 14 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

Driving directions can be found at

Please, No Pets, No Smoking, No Grilling!!

Enjoy a picnic, feed the Koi.

CNY Land Trust Summer Solstice Garden Tour & Craft Fair Saturday, June 22nd – 11-4, 2019

Join us for this family friendly event to raise funds and awareness for the Central New York Land Trust. We are proud to support their efforts to preserve our areas natural spaces for future generations and Sycamore Hill Gardens shares their commitment to longterm land stewardship.

A quote from an article written by Jacob Pucci titled “13 Upstate Gardens open to the Public You Have to Visit” ,

“Sycamore Hill Gardens

What was once a dairy farm is now a 40-acre natural paradise, complete with koi ponds, a hedge maze, statues, stonework and a formal garden. Thanks to a recent planting of more than 10,000 trees and shrubs, it’s now also home to one of the state’s largest privately-owned bird sanctuaries.

Sycamore Hill is only open to the public a few weekends a year…”

Your chance to visit is June 22 at the Central New York Summer Solstice Garden Tour. See details

Enjoy a picnic, feed the Koi at Sycamore Hill Gardens from 11-4 on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

June blooms at Sycamore Hill Gardens!

Sycamore Hill Garden Ramble 2017 DISCONTINUED

CENTRAL NEW YORK READS ONE BOOK invites you to be transformed by the magic of Sycamore Hill, a private garden just on the outskirts of Marcellus. Ramble at your leisure across almost 40 acres of a botanical wonderland that one has to see to believe. In this grand, yet informal setting, corridors of grass beckon your through a series of unique garden spaces. One secret garden follows another!

You will find it hard to imagine that a little over twenty years ago Sycamore Hill was a dairy farm. Still in flux, the garden remains in harmony with the natural world. It is a bird sanctuary and a wildlife refuge.

The Garden Ramble is a fundraiser for CNY Reads, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through reading. Your $37 donation will benefit the CNY Reads mission and includes a picnic meal prepared by Daniel’s Grill in Marcellus.

The owners of Sycamore Hill will be on hand to share their history in creating the garden and to answer your questions. As a special bonus, one or two cast members from the Rehouse Arts Center will engage you with a short performance from The Secret Garden, their June stage production.


Sycamore Hill is open to the public only a few days each year. Participation in each Garden Ramble will be limited to 35 people. Viewing the gardens in small groups lends an intimacy to your visit that makes it all the more special. The garden is not difficult to walk through, but participants must be able to go up and down two or three steps.

To receive either a digital or paper registration form, contact Alan NaPier (see below) by email or telephone. Print, complete, and mail the form with your payment to the designated address on the form. Registration forms must be received no later than two days before the Garden Ramble you wish to attend.

Questions? Contact Alan:      315-673-9203

Winter Gardening

In the dead of winter, when snow blankets the ground . . . and then more snow blankets that snow, because this is Upstate New York . . . even the mysterious Head Gardener can only garden for a few hours a day.

Yes, eventually, even he is driven to seek shelter from the elements. When this happens, you may wonder, what does the Head Gardener turn to? Why, smithing, of course.

During the winter months, the Head Gardener smiths. Generally, he makes between five and ten of each of his creations before moving on to a new masterpiece. Over the upcoming weeks, we’ll be displaying some of his work here.

Daffodils on  Sycamore Branch