Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our next event

George Eastman House Gardens Tour
     Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM    (carpool 9:20 am)
     Join us at 900 East Avenue, Rochester where Mike Bellavia will  
     guide us on a tour through the George Eastman House Gardens.
     There is no fee for our garden tour which should last until noon. 
     The George Eastman House will be open until 5pm for anyone
     wishing to tour the museum.
                        (adults $12/seniors $10/students $5/12 & under free)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer 2014

I added the German saying about lightning and trees to the Maya Hobday bench dedication post.  I've also linked the posts from May and June so that you won't need to scroll down several pages to see recent posts.  Check back soon to see photos and notes from our Medicinal Walk at Gonandagan. - Laura

The website has been recently updated.  
Be sure to scroll down and through "older posts" for:
   Zurich Bog parts 1  and 2
   Wild Edibles at Thousand Acre Swamp
   Lagoon Park Restorations
   Maya Hobday Bench Dedication at FLCC Arboretum
   Spring Gardens of Michael Hannen
   Fellenz Family Farm Tour
   Ontario Pathways Bird Walk
   Wildflowers at Pal-Mac.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Here's what's scheduled the rest of the summer:

  Canandaigua Main Street Streetscape Tour 
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
     We will meet at Commons Park for a guided tour by Andrew   
     Spencer (BME Associates Landscape Architect) and Berna
     Ticonchuk (FLCC Conservation Technician and Canandaigua
     Tree Advisory Board member).  Learn about how the ‘rain gardens’
     work and why specific species were selected for the planting sites
     along Main Street. The Canandaigua Farmers Market will be open
     8:30-12:30 behind the east side of Main Street.

Wetland Plants and Soils at Muller Field Station - Canoeing!
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM    
         (carpool 9:20 am from Sly Street lot)
    Learn about wetland soils and plants from FLCC Instructor of
    Environmental Conservation, Maura Sullivan. Muller Field
    Station has canoes and life preservers for our use.  Perhaps we’ll
    get a close up look at water plants from canoes!  Bring a lunch
    to enjoy after our program at the Field Station house.  Come
    dressed for adventure!  Directions: head west from Canandaigua
    on Route 5/20. Turn left onto NY 64 south 3.7 miles to US Route
    20A.  Turn right onto 20A and  continue 7.1 miles to County
    Road 36.  Turn left onto CR 36 and proceed south 5.5 miles. 
    Muller Field Station will be on your left at 6455 County Road 36. 

Wegmans Organic Farm tour                 
  Reservations required
     Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
     Chances are you’ve seen the Wegmans Organic Farm barn on  
     West Lake Road in Canandaigua.  Here’s your opportunity to
     tour the Wegmans Organic Farm!  Because we are limited to 25
     people, we will be taking reservations for this event.  Please contact
     Laura Ouimette (
     to reserve your spot.  Paid members will be given preference if
     space becomes limited. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gonandagan in the rain...

Ganondagan Medicinal Plant Walk
SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM 

 Seneca elders teach that since plants support us, we in turn acquire responsibilities toward plant life, such as giving thanks to the Creator and living in balance with the natural world. We’ll be enjoying our walk along the Ethnobotanical Trail with Whitney Carlton at this historical site of the Seneca people; one of the six nations comprising the Iroquois Confederacy.

The Canandaigua Botanical Society will be covering the cost of this walk for you! 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Zurich Bog PART 1

Zurich Bog Walk with Robert Leopard,    Wayne County

      Saturday, June 21, 2013 at 10 AM     

Zurich Bog is a unique wetland preserve of more than 650 acres located in the town of Arcadia and home to several threatened and endangered species. Owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society, who acquired the property in 1957, Zurich Bog was declared a National Natural Historic Landmark in 1973 by the National Park Service.  

Zurich Bog on the web 

Seven botanical friends met on a pleasant Saturday morning at Zurich Bog surprised to see a dozen vehicles already there.  Evidently, there were two other groups touring the bog that day.  

Robert Leopard defined
            Swamp: woods with standing water
            Marsh: standing water, no trees
            Bog: area acidic from sphagnum moss
            Fen: no acidic plants 

I am posting photos now with the intent to return before the end of the week with species names.  Perhaps you can quiz yourself on how many species you already know.  I am posting the Zurich Bog photos in two posts as they do not all fit in one post.  - Laura
Thomas atop the Zurich Bog boulder
Entering the bog
Trail markings through the bog
The root of Blood Root - resembling blood on a lost tooth
blood root leaves
May Apple with young fruit
Moon seed
American Elm sapling
Sensitive fern
Cinnamon fern
royal fern
Leona taking pictures of the Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold by Leona
Marsh Marigold seed by Leona
Robert telling us about Spice bush bark
Foam flower gone to seed
Jewel weed - used to heal Thomas' large bug bites
false dead nettle
dogwood (will have blue berries in the fall)
Thomas finds a nature shelter
nicely maintained boardwalks
Canadian Mayflower leaves
Canadian Mayberries
Gold thread
Yellow birch
Partridge Berries
Pink Lady slipper (leaves)
sphagnum moss
blueberry bushes
Bog rosemary
Bog rosemary berries
Keeping to the path