Special Projects

Project Scion


Reclaiming the vitality of our neighborhoods through gardens and art.

We seek to transform this and other neighborhoods with resident inclusive green spaces – for the people, by the people. Project Scion is a collaboration of:

Pietro Furgiuele – Waterford Tilling / Sharon Coates & Bruce Zaretsky – Zaretsky and Associates and the residents of the neighborhoods where these gardens are being built.


Project Scion 2012: The Orchard was built at the corner of Jay & Child Streets. This garden honored the history of the neighborhood as a fruit and nut orchard.

Project Scion 2013: The Gateway, was built at the corner of Dewey and Ravine Avenues in the northwest quadrant of the city. As a major thoroughfare into Rochester, Dewey Avenue is literally a gateway; we want travelers to see the beauty and potential of these classic working-class neighborhoods, as well as helping residents take pride in their surroundings.

Project Scion 2014: We switched gears and worked with Hope House, a shelter for women in Rochester, where women and their children can go to escape domestic violence and other traumas. Residents of Hope House worked with us to create a large cutting garden, where flowers will be harvested and sold by the residents.

Project Scion 2015: Working with the EMMA neighborhood (East Main Street), we began the process of preparing this site for installation in 2016. Local kids helped us to paint the wood bollards surrounding the site and clean up the lot of debris. 2016 will see tree plantings, a butterfly garden and benches.

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