Gardens of First Unitarian Church

220 South Winton Road, Rochester NY, 14610
585 267 7200

The Gardens of First Unitarian Church is a beautiful seven-acre park in the Cobbs Hill Neighborhood that is owned by First Unitarian Church of Rochester. It was founded in the 1960s by master gardner Madlyn Evans out of a jumble of overgrown forest. Today, the garden is maintained by a group of volunteers coordinated by the church's horticulturalist.

Located at the back of First Unitarian's property, the garden is best accessed from Nunda Boulevard.

In Their Own Words

But the Garden is more than just the plantings themselves. Its many pathways guide church-school and pre-school students as they explore and learn the importance of nature. You’ll find benches for resting; Peace Cairns that mark and memorialize loss; a Labyrinth for walking meditation; a Memorial Wall with the inscription "To Live in Hearts that Love is not to Die" marking the area where the remains of over one hundred church members are scattered; a stone Council Ring for small group meetings; a Monarch Butterfly Waystation; a Community Vegetable Garden and flowering backdrops for weddings and other occasions.

Photo Album

Entrance.JPGEntrance at Nunda Boulevard. Community Garden.JPGThe Community Vegetable Garden. Nunda Path.JPGPath to the wooded copse.
Wooded Path.JPGThe path continues. Log Circle.JPGLog circle. Path 2.JPGFlowers along the path.
Council Ring.JPGThe Council Ring. Field.JPGHill leading back up to the church. Labyrinth.JPGThe Labyrinth.
Hollow.JPGThe Hollow.


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