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Garden Battles


One hour. One set of materials.
Star-studded landscape design teams.

Where Better Homes & Gardens meets Chopped, there’s Garden Battles.

Congrats to our 2019 winners:

1st place- Channel 13

2nd place- a tie between Spectrum News and Kids out and About

VOTE ALL WEEK! On display for the length of the festival.
Cheer on your favorite television and radio personalities as they battle it out in Garden Battles – a fast-paced event inspired by popular reality-based competitions such as Chopped and Iron Chef at this year’s Rochester Lilac Festival!

• Working with identical plant and hardscape materials, teams will create 15’x15’ gardens aided by Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

• One winner will make a $ 1,000 donation to their charity of choice. $500 goes to the runner-up’s charity.

• Showtime starts at 1:00 pm May 9th at the Garden Battles Arena in Highland Park.

Returning hosts this year are Jim Salmon from WHAM 1180 and John Welch from John Welch Enterprise, Inc. 


2019 Teams – 2020 Teams Will Be Announced Soon!

Channel 8 News WROC

TEAM: Channel 8
Kayla Green
and James Gilbert

Garden Battles Channel 8 2019 team
Channel 13 abc

TEAM: Channel 13
Scott Hetsko
and Mark McLean

Scott Hetsko & Mark McLean of Channel 13 News
Finger Lakes Organ Donation
D&C Democrat & Chronicle

Sarah Taddeo
and Will Cleveland

Sarah Taddeo and Will Cleveland from the Democrat and Chronicle Team
kellers kats


Gary the Happy Pirate, The Happy Pirates, and Debra Ross

Pirate Toy Fund
Radio 95.1 Rochester

TEAM: iHeart Media
John DiTullio
and Bill Moran

DiTullio and Moran
Wease Cares Children's Fund
Spectrum News

TEAM: Spectrum News
Michael Gouldrick
and Jim Aroune

Team Spectrum News
Wilmot Cancer Institute

Garden Battles action from 2019

Garden Battles 2019
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2020 Rochester Lilac Festival announcement

As of today, we are being advised by the Monroe County Health Department that we will be unable to hold the 2020 Rochester Lilac Festival during the originally planned timeframe of May 8th -17th. As you can imagine, this is painful for all of us. However, we are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to reschedule.

As time progresses, and more information is known, we’ll be letting you, our valued Festival participants and attendees know if, and when we plan to reschedule the Festival.

Hang in there and stay healthy.

Your Rochester Lilac Festival Team