There will be no food available for purchase at the fall garden tour. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, snacks, and water. When selecting a spot for picnicking, please position yourself away from main walkways and at least 10 feet from other groups to allow people to pass by.

The gardens are expansive, but stone dust paths provide generally level walking surfaces through portions of the gardens. For guests who cannot walk long distances, individual mobility scooters and wheelchairs are allowed. Please note that some sections of the gardens are accessed over sloping grass lawns. There will be no golf cart tour services this year. Limited seating space is available on the patio behind the house. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs for seating in this area.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, snacks, and water. When selecting a spot for picnicking, please position yourself away from main walkways and at least 10 feet from other groups to allow people to pass by.

There are some chairs and benches situated throughout the grounds.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket for seating or picnicking.

All tickets for this event must be purchased online. There will be no sales at the gate for this event.

All visitors must wear a mask when they arrive at the gardens until they pass through the entry gate.  Masks must also be worn at all times when inside the maze, and whenever physical distancing is not possible, as per New York State guidelines.

Portajohns (including an accessible portajohn) will be available for guest use. These restroom facilities are not disinfected between each use, but a handwashing station and hand sanitizer will be readily available.

Tickets to the garden tour are nonrefundable as the event is a fundraiser for Baltimore Woods Nature Center. The good news is that the gardens are lovely, even in rainy weather and so the event will take place rain or shine! In the event of cancellation due to changes in state regulations related to COVID 19, tickets are nonrefundable. 

100% of your admission fee goes to support Baltimore Woods Nature Center in its mission to connect people across Central New York to nature through year-round environmental education programs for all ages, including nature adventure day camps; stewardship, maintenance, and improvements to over 6 miles of trails and 180-acres of the Baltimore Woods preserve; and on-site environmental research projects and partnerships. Your admission fee helps us to protect a community resource and keep you connected to nature!

This year, all tickets must be purchased online at in advance of the event. Tickets are available until the event is sold out. There will be no tickets sold at the gate on the day of the garden tour.

Sycamore Hill Gardens is privately owned by the Hanford family. Originally a fully functioning dairy farm with over 300 head of registered Jersey cattle, the Hanfords have worked diligently for twenty years to transform pastures and cornfields into a magnificent 40 acre showcase of nature’s beauty. Most recently, the Hanfords have planted over 10,000 native trees, 10,000 native shrubs, and planted 180 acres of ground nesting bird meadow mix as part of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to restore farmlands, reduce erosion and runoff, and promote the habitat of indigenous wildlife. Additionally, these practices have prompted local Marcellus beekeepers to set up their hives within the CRP land and work toward keeping healthier, happier, honey bees and supplying an abundant source of pure local honey. For more information, contact the Hanfords at

Guests should plan to spend at least 2-2.5 hours in order to see all of the amazing features of this impressive property. Guests can spend as much time enjoying the gardens as they wish between the hours of 10am and 4pm. For safety purposes, guests are not allowed to leave the event and return later in the day.

Parking is made available at no cost in the field across the street from the garden tour. Accessible parking is also available across the street from the main gate.

This event has been planned in compliance with New York State and CDC Guidelines for outdoor events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests will be required to bring a mask, complete a self-screening before entering the gardens, and adhere to all physical distancing requirements during their visit. Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the gardens for those who may need to use it. A handwashing station will be available near the restrooms. 

We’re sorry, but we ask that you leave your pets at home. They will not be allowed to enter the gardens.

On Mother’s Day, guests have often been allowed to pick three flowers to take home. Since our garden tour is happening in September, we ask that you not pick any flowers as they are gathering energy for their dormant state in the coming winter season. Instead, guests are encouraged to bring a camera and capture the beauty of autumn!

Sycamore Hill Gardens is a privately owned property. Traditionally, Sycamore Hill Gardens does open several times a year for the benefit of local nonprofit organizations. There are currently no upcoming events planned for the remainder of this year.  Please visit for more information on public events at the gardens in the future.