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Linwood Gardens Tree Peony Festival

  • 28 May 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Linwood, NY


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Join Stacy and Leslie at this public event

Last minute invitation following up on an earlier email - in case anyone is able to join us at a beautiful place! Rain is supposed to taper off by early afternoon and besides, peonies are still pretty when wet.

Linwood Gardens is a private garden open to the public during the three weekends of the annual Tree Peony Festival. We will be visiting on the second weekend, which is usually the best one for the peony bloom. The original garden landscape, designed around 1900, includes an Arts and Crafts style summer house, walled gardens, pools, fountains and the remains of miniature houses. A former tennis court now houses a labyrinth you can walk. There is an incredible view of the Genesee River Valley.

Make your reservation in advance ($15) at . Guided tours are completely sold out for this year, but there are plenty of spaces left under General Admissions. The money is to help maintain the gardens.

We will start at noon with a snack or lunch. There will be a caterer, Sweet Arts Bakery, selling simple food such as quiche, homemade soup, pastries, tea, lemonade, etc. It is not appropriate to bring your own food, but whether buying food or not you are welcome to sit with us and enjoy the view. There are benches and tables to sit outside. After lunch, we will wander the gardens. Leslie, who is a volunteer tour guide here, is free until 2:00 and happy to orient the rest of us. If you prefer to wander on your own, that’s fine. It is a wonderful place to photograph.

Wear comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather. The terrain is mostly level, not paved. The tree peonies are world famous.

(Event description has been adapted by Stacy from Leslie's 2019 posting.)

Linwood Gardens is 35 miles southwest of Rochester. It is near Geneseo and Pavilion. From downtown Rochester it takes about 45 minutes. Note: sometimes the entrance is a little tricky to see. It really helps to clock the 2.9 miles from the intersection of 36 and York Road.

From Rochester:
Take 390 south to Exit 10, Avon.
Turn right on Routes 5 & 20 West, through Avon.
Turn left on Route 36 South to the town of York.
Turn right on York Road West. Go 2.9 miles.
At the top of the hill, turn left at the stone pillars—1912 York Road (there will be a sign)

From the Northwest:
Take Route 63 South from Batavia to Pavilion. Continue through Pavilion
Turn left at the top of the hill (opposite school) onto York Road. Go 3.8 miles.
Turn right at the stone pillars—1912 York Road.

From the South:
Take Route 390 North to Exit 6 for NY-36 North towards Mt. Morris
Go 13 miles to the town of York
Turn left on York Road West
At the top of the hill, turn left at the stone pillars—1912 York Road.

From the Northeast and East:
Take 90 West to exit 46, 390 South (towards Corning).
Then follow the Rochester directions.
It should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes from downtown Syracuse, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Watertown, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Waterloo.

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