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.

Baltimore Woods Mother’s Day Garden Tour, 2019

It’s time to purchase Advance Sale tickets for the Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s Mother’s Day Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill Gardens Sunday, May 12 from 11-4. Please click this link to the Baltimore Woods’ website for information on tickets, and much, much more! This event is family-friendly. Children 8 and under are admitted free of charge and 100% of the price of Adult tickets goes directly to Baltimore Woods. It’s our way of giving back to the CNY community and we appreciate your support. Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours!

Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour

See you Sunday, May 12, 2019. Happy Mother’s Day!

Your Sycamore Hill Gardens Hosts, Karen & George Hanford

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