In addition to this proclamation, brought about in part by the tireless efforts of the Rochester Garden Club’s Conservation Committee, Mayor Malik Evans has made the historic commitment to adding 6,000 trees to the Rochester tree canopy, with a special emphasis on restoring tree life in underserved areas. Channelling funds from the Inflation Reduction Act, Senator Chuck Schumer has vowed to support this resolution, saying, “It is time for the Feds to dig in and help plant the seed for a more equitable– and a shadier and cooler– future for all of Rochester.”

Click here to see photos of the exciting tree-planting event at which this proclamation was declared, featuring RGC Conservation Committee chairperson Pamela O’Connor-Chapman, along with Mayor Evans, Senator Schumer, and other leaders.

To learn about plant species native to the Rochester area, click here.


The Rochester Garden Club was founded in 1915 and incorporated in the State of New York. The purpose of the Rochester Garden Club is to:

  • Instruct the public on horticultural subjects, correct gardening techniques, and conservation of plants by means of flower shows, exhibitions, forums and lectures.
  • To co-operate with other not-for-profit organizations in maintaining a library of material on horticulture and allied subjects.
  • To co-operate with other not-for-profit organizations in encouraging roadside beautification and civic planting.
  • To offer awards to members and non-members that may include, but are not limited to, Civic Improvement, Conservation, Flower Arranging, Historic Preservation, and Horticulture.

Contact: Email [email protected] for further information, or visit RGC’s 100th Anniversary Tab.