The NOTA Public Gardens were created during the original Artwalk installation in 2000. Gardens are located at the corner of Portsmouth and University, at Merriman and University, and in the small median by Starry Nites.
Currently, a variety of neighborhood-driven volunteer efforts help to maintain these gardens. If you’d like to lend a hand, keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities in the NOTA-Bull email bulletin. You can also email the Gardens committee to volunteer or to become a member of the Gardens Facebook group.
Join In!Wear your comfortable clothes that can handle some dirt and meet up at any of the volunteer opportunities throughout the growing season. During the winter, you’re welcome to sign up as an on-call volunteer or to have your group sponsor an event in the spring.
|Event||Date & Time||Meet At||Projects||Sponsor|
|Clean Sweep||Saturday, May 11th, 9:30 am-12:00 pm||Merriman Park||Maintenance & planting in the Merriman Gardens, and cleanup along ARTWalk||Gardens & Park Committee and the City of Rochester, with Flower City AmeriCorps|
|Mini Sweep||Thursday, June 27th, 11:00 am-1:00 pm||Merriman Park||Weeding & mulch in the Merriman Gardens, maintenance of the Portsmouth Gardens||Gardens & Park Committee with Heartland School Solutions|
|Wilson Day||Thursday, August 26th, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm||Merriman Park||Weeding & mulch in the Portsmouth Gardens||Gardens & Park Committee with U of R Wilson Day volunteers, and mulch courtesy of Mayer Paint and Hardware|
|SOTA Senior Day of Service||Friday, October 18th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm||Merriman Park||Maintenance and winter prep in the Merriman Gardens||Gardens & Park Committee with School of the Arts senior volunteers|