About the Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

For over 47 years Tom and Marilyn Hamilton have been gardening at their home in East Rochester New York. The amount of love and the degree of patience and attention to detail invested are evident in the stunning garden scape you will experience when you visit.

The basic plant bones of their gardens are comprised of a large collection of unique and rare species of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Mountain Laurels, Roses, Spirea, Various Dogwoods and Kousa Dogwoods, Viburnam, Espalier Apple Tree, Silver Korean Fir, Enkianthus, Acer griseum, Chamaecyparis, Boulevard Cyprus and others.

There is a natural flow to the landscape in these gardens that provides year round beauty and interest. Some of the plants are unique hybrids that provide special focus interest, and that draw you into and through the gardens to provide surprise and will surely delight the visitor.   

They look forward to hosting your visit to their gardens.

One of the extra special treats in this garden scape are the dry stone walls throughout the property. This is one of the finest examples of dry stone wall work in the area.

The basic structural work to terrance the east and South area of the new property involved excavating over 2,000 cubic yards of sandy soil before beginning a 3 year process of constructing over 1,200 linear feet of retaining walls to support the many terraces as well as provide a switch back path between the old back yard and the new lower back yard of the addition.  

This work involved obtaining a miners permit so that they could have unlimited access to some of the local quarries to pick, load and transport over 180 tons of dolomite stone for the majority of the structural retaining walls. They also installed sophisticated drainage and water storage systems to allow all of the rain water to be absorbed back into the earth on the property.


The Purpose of the Tour

Loop Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, incorporated in 2011 by Reformation Lutheran Church and it opened in 2012.

Loop is committed to helping people in and around Rochester’s Inner Loop physically, mentally, and spiritually. The goal is to serve people who struggle, who live in and around the Rochester city center.

Loop Ministries provides groceries to over 3,000 individuals living in Rochester’s Inner Loop every year! Its Food Pantry Program provides bagged groceries to approximately 390 individuals in 200 distinct homes every month.


Your contribution will go toward supporting the Food Pantry. Please click here to purchase tickets to visit these stunning gardens and help feed someone.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 19th!

Saturday, May 19, 1:30 - 4:00 PM