NE Annual Meeting - Pre and Post Tour Garden Visit Opportunities

By Sara Malone

Elmer & Joyce Dustman’s Garden

The garden, which was started in 1966, surrounds the house and terraces and flows down approximately 40’ in elevation to an Irondequoit Creek tributary. Located on a cul-de-sac, the property is within sight of the Erie Canal. There is considerable shade after 48 years, created by the property line hedgerow and trees which were planted early in the garden’s development, and which create the bones of the landscape. The specimens include Liquidambar styraciflua, Acer saccharum, Cornus kousa, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Tilia x europaea, Acer griseum, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Pinus strobus sp., Cercis canadensis and two pre-existing 70' Quercus rubra.

The gardens weave among the larger trees and represent the Dustmans’ life’s garden journey and their discovery, collection and planting of new genera. The family’s farming traditions live on in a vegetable garden and apple orchard. The Dustmans look forward to showing their bonsai collection, which Elmer refines yearly. Elmer says that joining the ACS in 1995 really opened their eyes! As passionate ‘conifer-holics’, they now have a conifer collection that consists of some 60 specimens, with 10 new purchases yet to planted. The USDA Zone 5 location and sandy silt soil are a challenge for some genera and the Dustmans can demonstrate what does well in their garden.

The East conifer bed, planted in 2004, has multiple specimens: 13' Chamaecyparis nootkantensis ‘Van Den Akker’, C. obtusa ‘Splitrock’, Pinus strobus ‘Merrimack’, Pinus strobus ‘Horsford Dwarf’, Pinus sylvestris ‘Albyn Prostrata’, Thuja plicata ‘Filifera Nana’, Juniperius procumbens ‘Nana’, J. conferta ‘Blue Pacific’, 2 1/2' Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’, Pinus densiflora ‘Low Glow’ and Cedrus alantica ‘Glauca Pendula’. These are some of the Dustmans’ favorite conifers.

The Dustmans also enjoy Japanese maples and have over 10 cultivars. Of course, conifers and maples are not complete without hostas; their 50 cultivars thrive in bright and dappled shade, creating a tapestry of color and texture. The final touch is our burgeoning selection of unusual annuals in pots around the patio.

Elmer is also a collector of exotic plants, such as Sciadoypitys spp., Davida involucrata, Heptacoditum miconiodes, Stypholobium japonicum, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Styrax japonicus, Chionanthus virginicus and Ginkgo biloba (of which he has planted nine cultivars). A recent visitor summed it up: “Your garden is spectacular. I can tell that you love plants as they all look so healthy. You have an excellent collection of exotic plants which I really enjoyed seeing in a shady peaceful landscape.” Open Sunday, September 21 after 10 AM. 26 Peachtree Lane, Pittsford, NY

Sieg Japanese Garden

The garden was inspired by the Siegs' seven year stay in Japan, where they developed an appreciation for the beauty and serenity of Japanese-style gardens. An entry gate leads to the garden, which has many sections: the karesansui (rock garden),a stream, a waterfall and pond, a teahouse with bamboo fences, and an espalier against the house. Stone paths surrounded by native and Japanese plants tie it all together. The garden’s name is “Heian no niwa", which in English means “”Garden of Tranquility.” Albert and Irma Sieg 159 Hillhurst Lane, Rochester Thursday 9/18 1pm-8pm Friday 9/18 8am-12noon

International Bonsai Arboretum

ACS members and guests are invited to visit the International Bonsai Arboretum in Henrietta, home of the Valavanis Bonsai Collection. The beauty of fine quality classical bonsai, many of rare and unusual cultivars, are displayed in a unique garden setting. Masterpiece bonsai, as well as young plants being trained, are displayed where visitors can easily study the different cultivars and the training techniques. Friday, September 19 from 9am to 4pm Sunday, September 21 from 12-4pm 1070 Martin Road, W. Henrietta, NY Phone for directions if necessary 585-334-2595

Oriental Garden Supply

This nursery has been searching for, growing, and propagating rare and unusual conifers, Japanese maples, and other woody ornamentals for 15 years. In touring the local gardens you will find many plants supplied by OGS to aid in the implementation of these exceptional gardeners' visions. Many changes have occurred at the nursery since the last visit of the American Conifer Society, ten years ago. Along with a continually expanding inventory, a permanent display garden allows specimen plants to be shown to their best advantage.

The display garden centers around a multi-level water feature, evoking the sense of serenity synonymous with oriental garden design. Natural rock groupings are accentuated by a beautiful cascading Picea pungens "Glauca Prostrata'' that contrasts nicely with a more formal cloud pruned Pinus contorta v. latifolia (lodgepole pine) as well as numerous dwarf coniferous and deciduous selections. Hand-carved granite garden features are evocative of garden design in the Far East. Typically, the nursery stocks nearly a thousand varieties of mostly hard-to-find plants. For more information on the selection of plant materials, visit the web site at Contact the nursery in advance should you wish to reserve something special as a memento of your visit. Al Pfeiffer, President 448 W Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford NY Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park was dedicated in 1909 and is located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the northernmost section of the city of Rochester. The arboretum, located in the northwest section of the park, was created by self-taught plantsman Barney Slavin, using exotic species planted against a background of native trees. Its steep wooded slopes, valleys, scenic vistas, small lakes, spring flowering trees and spectacular fall foliage contribute to this park’s exceptional beauty. Although it has not been as well maintained recently as in years past, Durand was once well known nationally and internationally and is still well worth a visit.See the brochure with photos at: Lakeshore Blvd. & Zoo Road

The Webster Arboretum

The goal of this park, located in the city of Webster, is to bring together the unique talents of community members to develop and maintain this special setting in which to explore and learn about nature. It has many interesting gardens, especially a nice conifer garden. 1700 Schlegel Rd., Webster See web site for directions

Sycamore Hill Garden

A 35-acre 'must see' garden in the rolling countryside of central New York's Finger Lakes District.

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