Sunday, February 18, 2018

Planning for 2018-2019

Planning for our 144th year:
We will meet at Wood Library on Thursday, February 22nd at 2 PM and 6 PM.  Please join us if you'd like to participate in the planning of our 2018-19 program.  If you are not interested in meeting but have ideas for what you would like to see happen (walks or talks you'd like to lead or attend) please let us know as soon as possible by dropping an email to
We are looking for leaders for walks along the Ontario Pathways and around Lagoon Park.  

In addition to the places we’ve visited in years past, here’s a list of places we might enjoy checking out. If you’d like to lead a walk you choose the place and date. *Indicates locations with a date which we welcome a leader

Finger Lakes Land Trust properties
               Great Hill Land Preserve/South Hill/Nundawao, Naples
               West River Preserve, Naples
               Kashong Conservation Area, 7 miles south Geneva
               VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve
Nature Conservatory properties
               Rob’s Trail
               West Hill Preserve                          
Ontario County area parks
               *Cummings Nature Center (July 14th Bio Blitz)
               Bare Hill Unique Area
               Quiet Meadows, Barnes Road
               Stid Hill Multiple Use, DEC
               Three Mills Park, Stryker Road, Phelps
Monroe County Parks
               *Mendon Ponds Park (June 9th ADK Outdoor Expo)
               Powder Mills Park
               Tinker Nature Park & Hansen Nature Center, Pittsford
               MaryFrances Bluebird Haven, Victor

Also, the position of presidency is still available to consider. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


Actually, we are seeking people who are tech savvy with botanical apps and perhaps could give advice on taking better botanical photos with electronic devices.  We know there are several apps to help identify plants and trees and even apps to help identify birds by their sounds.  With the accessibility of electronics we also know that people are more likely to capture images on their phones.  SO, we are looking for someone who might enjoy meeting with us to teach us what they know about botanical friendly apps.  This could be an indoor meeting at FLCC in November 2018 or March 2019.  Please let us know if that somebody might be you, or perhaps somebody you know.  Please send an email to  THANK YOU!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Past, Present, Future

Oval stickers created by Melissa using artwork by Howard Freese

As we begin 2018 the Canandaigua Botanical Society will be finishing our 143rd year and planning for our 144th year.

Canandaigua Botanical Society Record Archiving
Before Melissa Virag's passing in December, she had been working to archive our Canandaigua Botanical Society records dating back to 1874.  In her honor, we will work with Ontario County Historical Society to do right by the Botanical Society records.   They are currently in the skilled hands of Wilma Townsend at the OCHS.
Our 143rd year continues on and includes: 
Saturday, March 24, 2018: How Plants Reproduce with Sandra Bierbrauer at FLCC
Saturday, April 14, 2018: FLCC Arboretum and Early Spring Blooms at Lincoln Woods with Berna Ticonchuk
Saturday, April 21, 2018: Spring Wildflower walk with our Burroughs Audubon Nature Center friends at Harris Whalen Park in Penfield lead by Annette Leopard
Friday, April 27, 2018: National Arbor Day Tree Planting by the Canandaigua City Arborist.  This will begin at 1 PM at Lakefront Park east of Kershaw Park.  This year's tree will be planted in honor of Melissa Virag who was also a member of the Canandaigua Tree City USA Tree Advisory Board.
Friday, April 27, 2018; 6 PM - Annual Potluck Dinner,  meeting, and Effects of Climate Change with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Russ Welser at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Canandaigua

Planning for our 144th year will begin soon.
We will meet at Wood Library on February 22nd at 2 PM and 6 PM.  Please join us if you'd like to participate in the planning of our 2018-19 program.  The position of presidency is also available to consider.  If you are not interested in meeting but have ideas for what you would like to see happen (walks or talks you'd like to lead or attend) please let us know as soon as possible by dropping an email to

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Melissa Virag

Melissa Virag served as our Canandaigua Botanical Society president since 2016.  She had a great desire to organize and prepare all of the Canandaigua Botanical Society literature for the Ontario County Historical Society and had made several connections between the early Botanical members and Frederick Ferris Thompson of Sonnenberg. Melissa died on December 3, 2017 after valiantly fighting cancer.  Her talents and cheerful disposition are dearly missed.

There will be a service on Monday, December 18, 2018 at Saint Mary's Church in Canandaigua at 11:00 AM.

Melissa feeds the birds during a Canandaigua Botanical walk in 2015

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Canandaigua's ABCs of Plants and Trees

Saturday, November 18, 2017 
10AM at FLCC
The Canandaigua Botanical Society and the Canandaigua City Tree Advisory Board will be joining together to share information on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  We will meet in Finger Lakes Community College room 2640 at 10:00 AM.

Canandaigua has been a TREE CITY USA for 25 years and has had a Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board to advocate for our trees since 2011.  In addition to learning about how the TAB members advocate for our trees, Berna Ticonchuk will teach us the importance of properly mulching around trees.  Come find out about the new Canandaigua Heritage Tree program!

We’ll have information about the Canandaigua Botanical Society which was established 143 years ago.  Learn about who we are and what we do as well as where we are headed in the future.  Discover local areas of botanical interest and then make plans to explore them. 

All are welcome and snacks will be provided.  Canandaigua Botanical Society and Tree Advisory Board members are encouraged to share their insights and experiences.  (If you happen to be a fifth-grade student you are eligible to enter the New York State Department of Conservation’s National Arbor Day poster contest with the theme of Trees for Bees.

More information about the Tree Advisory Board and the 5th grade poster contest can be found here: Canandaigua City Tree Advisory Board

 Directions to FLCC 2640 (old C220):  The easiest way to locate room 2640 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.  If entering from the main entrance follow signs up the staircase and to the right.
**Melissa Virag's Canandaigua Botanical Cultural History is postponed until a future date.**

Monday, October 23, 2017


Saturday, October 28, 2017; 10:00 AM
Highland Park Reservoir Ave
We are once again joining along with the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club for this program.  Highland Park is beautiful all year round and its trees can really put on a show in October.  As we stroll the paths in the park, BANC tree expert, Frank Crombe, will help us appreciate the wonderful specimens of trees and shrubs found in the park in their fall finery.  We will meet on Reservoir Ave across from the Lamberton Conservatory at 10:00 AM.  For more information you may check: