Sign pays tribute to local namesake


Thirty-two years after the Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County gardens were dedicated to local nurseryman and Rome resident, Parker F. Scripture, a sign to honor his life was unveiled this past Saturday at his namesake garden in Oriskany while his daughter, Sarah Scripture McDade, looked on.

A life-long resident of Rome, Scripture graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1929 and went on to study mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

In 1949, he acquired a 40-acre tract of land on Rome-Oriskany Road which became Scripture’s Nursery.

In the off-season, Scripture and his wife, Janet, used their dining room table to work on numerous projects and publications promoting the history of Rome and Oneida County.

Sarah Scripture McDade, along with her older sister and two older brothers, could attest that these two avocations, landscaping and history, alternated seasons throughout several decades of Scripture family life.

The Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens now surround Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and are situated on 15 acres of land owned by Oneida County in Oriskany.

The gardens feature: A host of All American plant selections; a butterfly house; compost area; cottage garden; herb garden; hosta garden; lavender garden; a nature trail brochure; perennial garden; picnic pavilion; rose garden; a vegetable garden, and a water garden

The gardens are designed and maintained by the CCE’s Master Gardener program volunteers as an outdoor learning environment that invites use by the general public and educational institutions. 

Visitors are encouraged to come and learn more about the man Parker F. Scripture and the history of the gardens. The gardens are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

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