Sunday, April 26, 2015

Events for our 141st Year

The Canandaigua Botanical Society 141st printed programs are now available.  If you haven't received yours yet, you may contact Laura via email:  Here's a listing of this year's events:

Canandaigua Botanical Society
Dedicated to advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond.
2015-2016 Events

Events are on Saturdays at 10AM unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, May 10: Plein Air ~ Bluebells for Mother’s Day

May 16:               Ontario Pathways Photo Walk event

May 30, 1 PM:    FLCC Viticulture Center in Geneva

June 20:               Woodland Gardens of Lou Bliss

July 11, 9 AM:     Ganondagan Medicinal Plants

July 18:                 Grimes Glen, Naples, NY

August 8:              Lagoon Park Kiosk Dedication

September 26:       Unique Gardens of Michael Hannen,

October 3:              Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds Park

November 14:        Honeybee Apiary – indoor meeting

March 19, 2016:    Mushrooms – indoor meeting

Friday, April 22:     National Arbor Day city tree planting

Friday, April  22, 2016:  Annual Potluck dinner, meeting, 
and Botany 101 Presentation


Friday, April 24, 2015


SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015 between 1:00 and 3:00 PM
at Mertensia Park in Farmington, NY

Anyone who has ever had a mother is welcome to join us for our first ever PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS event at Mertensia Park.  We will provide the paper, paints, pallets, and brushes to capture your artistic view of the Mertensia (bluebells) and other spring wildflowers along Mud Creek.  This event is free and we encourage "budding" artists to join us.  If you know you'll be joining us we would appreciate a quick email to in order to be sure we have plenty of supplies.  

**Please bring along an easel if you have one.**

Directions to Mertensia Park:  Drive north on Route 322 and take a left onto County Road 41 (Hess Station). Drive west on CR 41 about 1 mile and turn right onto Mertensia Road.  Turn left down into Mertensia Park.  The bluebells are behind the tennis courts.

Canandaigua City National Arbor Day Tree Planting

The City of Canandaigua celebrated its 23rd year as a Tree City USA with the planting of a Sweet Gum (liguidambar-styraciflua) tree on Claman Place on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Mayor Polimeni read the National Arbor Day Proclamation.  City Arborist, Stephanie Crim, shared that there will be about 75 new trees planted on city property this year.  More information can be found at the City of Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board pages on the city website:
Mayor Polimeni reads the National Arbor Day Proclamation
read more about the gator bags on the city TAB site

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

National Arbor Day - Tree City USA - tree planting

The City of Canandaigua will be planting a sweet gum tree on Calman Place off of South Pearl Street in Canandaigua at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 24, 2015 to celebrate Canandaigua as a TREE CITY USA.  Come to learn the proper way to plant a tree.  Mayor Polimeni will read a proclamation and National Arbor Day posters and materials will be available.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Annual Potluck Dinner and Presentation

Annual Potluck dinner 
and Frozen Lake presentation

   Friday, April 17, 2015   6:00 PM        

Meet at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street, Canandaigua (enter through St. John’s Court off Howell Street).  

Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.   
At 7 pm Steve Lewandowski will share his insights about Canandaigua Lake Frozen in History. 
Bring cash or check ($7 individual and $10 family) to pay your annual dues and receive the 2015-16 Canandaigua Botanical Society printed program. 

2015-2016 Canandaigua Botanical Society Events

Plein Air ~ Bluebells for Mother’s Day

Ontario Pathways Photo Walk

The New FLCC Viticulture Center in Geneva, NY

Woodland Gardens of Lou Bliss

Ganondagan Medicinal Plants

Grimes Glen, Naples, NY

Lagoon Park Kiosk Dedication

Unique Autumn Gardens of Michael Hannen,

Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds Park

Honeybee Apiary – indoor meeting

Mushrooms – indoor meeting

Canandaigua City Arbor Day tree planting

Potluck dinner, Annual meeting,
and  Botany 101 Presentation

Sunday, February 15, 2015


On Saturday, March 28, 2015 we had a room full of people at FLCC interested in learning from Dr. Bruce Gilman how to identify tree species without their leaves. Bruce set out specimens of logs, twigs, and fruits/seeds at each table for folks to enjoy a hands-on practicum.  He explained that naked trees up close could be identified during the winter months when the confusing leaves are gone by their twigs, buds, scars (galls, fungi, leaf stalk’s last growing season, animal damage), and other interesting features (thorns and stipule spines). Our senses are essential when identifying tree species.  We can tell a lot through what we see but tree identification can also rely on taste (cherry with an intense bitter almond flavor), smell (sassafras), feel (bark or seeds), and sound (cucumber tree). 
After allowing us to work to identify our twigs, logs, and fruits/seeds with the help of a winter tree identifier key, Bruce went around to each table to demonstrate various methods to correctly identify the specific tree species.  Bruce entertained us with a “Tree ID from afar” game where it was the class versus THE PLANT MAN.  Even with Thomas keeping score, the class won but only with Bruce’s assistance to identify trees by their sketched silhouettes.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Programs in March and April


What species is that tree?  Calling all BUDDING arborists... There's more than one way to identify a tree species.  Please join us as Dr. Bruce Gilman demonstrates how to identify tree species when they are without leaves.  This is an indoor presentation at FLCC room C220 beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Directions to FLCC C220:  The easiest way to locate room C220 will be to park in the southeast corner of the main parking lot "A" of FLCC.  Walk along Laker Lane on the sidewalk to the east side of the Student Center.  Enter the building at the SECOND (southeast) entrance (building 8) just past the loading dock "C".  Look for signs at the southeast corner of the parking lot and near the blue light to turn to enter the building.


On Friday, April 17, 2015 we will get together at 6:00 PM to enjoy our annual potluck dinner and meeting followed by Steve Lewandowski's Frozen Lake presentation.

Meet at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street, Canandaigua (enter through Saint John's Court off Howell Street).  Bring a dish to pass and place settings for yourself and any friends that you invite along.  At 7:00 PM Steve Lewandowski will share his insights about Canandaigua Lake Frozen in History.

Our 2015-16 Canandaigua Botanical Society printed programs will be available this evening for an annual membership fee of $7 ($10/family) 

Please email any questions to Laura at:


A note from February:   As I was working on ideas for our 2015-16 program, I encountered a flyer at the Wood Library advertising this Cornell Cooperative Extension program:

Invasive Species Public Workshop
Wednesday February 25, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

A public workshop on invasive species will be hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.

Invasive species such as giant hogweed and hydrilla are causing harm to ecosystems, the economy, and human health in the Finger Lakes region. Learn how to identify, report and manage these damaging species. The workshop will focus in particular on the invasive forest pest hemlock wooly adelgid, which was recently confirmed in the Canandaigua Lake watershed.

Fee: No charge

To Register: contact Emily or 315-536-5123 x 4127.