The staff members at Salmon Creek Nursery know plants. Much of the vast inventory of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are grown onsite at the 45-year-old family-owned nursery, allowing the staff to make sure each plant is healthy from the time it sprouts to the day it's adopted into a new garden. When not tending to the needs of trees, on-staff landscapers are ready and waiting to help customers to create their own inspiring outdoor spaces, filling up backyards or spare bathtubs with all manner of flora. Walking through the lush, meticulously tended nursery feels like strolling through a park. A footbridge carries visitors past a diminutive waterfall, and Japanese maples and fruit trees admire their reflections and elegant limbs in a wide, still pond. The view is decidedly more rustic inside the garden center, where lanterns, baskets, and wooden chairs hang suspended from tree trunks that reach toward the roof, and vintage wheelbarrows teem with everything from plants and potting soil to garden stones etched with inspirational messages.
Lavocat's welcomes nature cultivators of all kinds into its lushly packed nursery, replete with plants, pots, supplies, and a convivial staff. More than 800 varieties of shrubs, flowers, and other greenery fill 11 greenhouses, tempting gardeners to experiment with different types of verdant life or inject new accents into old gardens. Green-thumbed caretakers can create aerial gardens with 10-inch hanging baskets ($14.99) or add splashes of color to soil with flats of annuals such as alyssum and begonias ($11.50+). One-gallon perennials include Silver Mound artemisia and Solar Flare baptisia ($5.99–$7.99), which can accent yards from year to year. A series of small 4.5-inch potted plants make cylindrical, leafy reimaginings of Stonehenge infinitely simpler to construct ($2.99+).
For more than 50 years, Gallea’s has given greater Rochester generous portions of aesthetic, CO2-killing plants. Products are organized into multiple categories, giving vegetation veterans plenty of green-thumb choices. Bonsai trees, named for the single word they all shout when they’re depotted or repotted, start at $29.99, while cut flower arrangements are $25.99 and up. The nearly limitless arsenal of outdoor and tropical plants start at $1.99, and uncut flowers start at $6.99. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gallea's will happily answer all of your questions about the best way to make your garden grow, including how often to massage your soil and when to trim your flowers' garish petals.
Stretching across five acres of farmland, this year’s Country Way Corn Maze layout is skulled and crossboned with a pirate theme and treats labyrinth lovers to fascinating trivia about notable piracy practitioners. Adding puzzles within puzzles to the curving corridors of cob are the rubbing stations that families must use to decode the maze’s secret word. Since the maze’s route can be as convoluted and nonsensical as the plots of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, numerous Maize-o-Vision stations give the hopelessly shipwrecked a crow's nest from which they can seek a path back to dry land. A separate mini-maze leads the youngest visitors to stations that teach about farm animals instead.
The Harris Garden Center evolved from the Harris Seed Company, a Rochester gardening authority since 1879, and it continues to uphold a high horticultural standard through a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and supplies. The store showcases more than 10 themed Christmas trees, including traditional, Adirondack, and sports-centric saplings. Confuse tree bark by hanging a bulldog ornament ($2.75) from its limbs or let a sports-figure ornament ($6.99) display impossible athletic ability as it stays suspended in the air. Other ornamental options include ballet slippers ($3.99), wine bottles ($4.99–$12.99), and an acutely shrunken school bus ($5.49).
Steve and Tom Sanna oversee Bristol's Garden Center, a verdant, 11-acre garden and nursery that has been greening up the Rochester region for more than 25 years. Their flora emporium blooms with more than 900 varieties of trees, shrubs, and specialty plants ranging from red maple and spruce to dwarf evergreens and ornamental trees. Cacti, houseplants, and cascading fountains fill their tropical greenhouse with sweet scents and calming sounds, and leafy residents in the covered greenhouses include perennials, ornamental grasses, and hostas. The center's garden store arms DIYers with tools, soils, and fertilizers, and professional landscapers lend out their services to customers whose thumbs are flesh-colored instead of green.