There will be no food available for purchase at the 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.
All tickets for this event must be purchased online. There will be no cash sales at the gate for this event, and due to capacity limitations, we cannot guarantee that there will be day-of ticket availability. If day-of tickets are available, they will only be sold online.
We are asking guests to share their preferred entry time into the gardens to help reduce wait times at the entry area. Typically guests spend 2 – 2.5 hours touring the grounds, and of course guests can spend as much time enjoying the gardens as they wish until the event ends at 4pm.
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!
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 [email protected].
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 until the event ends at 4pm. For safety purposes, guests are not allowed to leave the event and return later in the day.
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.
The owners of the garden are happy to allow guests to pick a limited quantity of tulips or daffodils to take home. Guests are also invited to bring a camera and capture the beauty of spring for all time!
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 www.sycamorehillgardens.com for more information on public events at the gardens in the future.