Sycamore Hill Gardens Mother’s Day Garden Tour and Fine Art Exhibit and Sale

Sycamore Hill Gardens Mother’s Day Garden Tour and Fine Art Exhibit and Sale
Sunday, May 13, 2012  11am to 4pm
New this year: For Baltimore Woods ticketed members only:
Art Exhibit Reception and Preview
Saturday, May 12, 4-6pm

Mother Nature is in her spring glory at Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. Every year on Mother’s Day, the owners of these magnificent 30+ acres of private gardens open their gates to the public in support of Baltimore Woods Nature Center.
An exhibit and sale of fine art from recognized area artists takes place in the greenhouse. Enjoy a full day in this beautiful setting— picnic, feed the Koi fish, navigate the maze, and sound the gong and bells, all while admiring the flowers and flowering trees. Picnicking is encouraged. Bring Mom and the family to the Gardens rain or shine for a special day celebrating nature.

Tickets are $5 through May 4th and $10 after.
Children under 8, free admission.
Reservations on-line at
Advance tickets available through May 4th at: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, and KeyBank, Marcellus; Creekside Books and Coffee, Skaneateles; Chocolate Pizza Company, Marcellus and Manlius; Silver Spring Farm Market, Onondaga Hill; and Auburn Public Theater, Auburn.
Generous support for this event is provided by Byrne Dairy.
FMI: (315) 673-1350;;

Plant Sale at The Woods
Members Only:  Friday May 18,  4-7pm
Public Sale: Saturday, May 19 , 9am-2pm
Native plants, other perennials, herbs, and hanging baskets¬—the variety and quality you want for your garden can be found right here at Baltimore Woods.
A list of the native plants specially grown for The Woods by Phoenix Flower Farm and Crazy Daisies is posted at The many natives being offered this year include both red and white trillium! On Friday, the sale is open to Baltimore Woods members only. During the public sale on Saturday there will be raffles and food available.
There is no admission fee and parking is free. The event takes place rain or shine.

Other Events in May, 2012:

2    Birding Series:
Kick It Up a Notch: Behavior and Calls
This program in our birding series will introduce you to more advanced topics, including identifying birds by sound and using behavior as an ID tool. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & May 5th Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

5     Birding Field Trip: Local Hot Spots    8-11am
CNY is blessed with excellent birding opportunities. Join Baltimore Woods and Onondaga Audubon on this day trip to explore some great local hot spots. This trip will reinforce bird calls and behavior. Meet at Baltimore Woods. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. May 2nd lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

5, 6, 12, 13 Weekend Wildflower Walks
Baltimore Woods’ premier woodland wildflower garden is a local treasure. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a pleasant walk through one of the wonders of spring. Each week new species will bloom, and Audrey will reveal their past and present medicinal and culinary uses. The garden is handicap accessible; please call ahead if you need assistance. Donations appreciated.

8     Signs of Spring
Join a Naturalist for a walk along Baltimore Brook in search of signs of spring. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

11     Star Party: Early Summer Skies
Back-up date: May 12.
Now that it’s getting warmer, come out and take a look at the wonderful sights in the night sky without having to struggle with snow and the cold. Venus will be a large crescent, Mars and Saturn will be large and bright along with early views of the summer Milky Way rising in the east. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

26     Container Gardening Workshop
Enjoy the wonders of fresh food from the garden without the need for a lot of space or weeding. Practically anything grown in a traditional garden can be raised in containers, with less work. Join Educator Katie as she shares her knowledge of container gardening. You’ll mix soil and take home your very own “Salad Bowl” garden! Bring one medium, 6” deep pot, gardening gloves, and trowel. $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

Thea Reidy
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
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