Saturday, April 14, 2018


Saturday, April 21; 10:00 AM
EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWERS at Harris Whalen Park, Penfield with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  ( )
Harris Whalen Park in Penfield is one of Monroe County’s best places to enjoy the earliest spring wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, Trillium and Trout lily. Join us at the top of Harris Hill at Harris Whalen Park for an easy walk in the woods. The park entrance is on the north side of Rt. 441 across from Wegmans, just west of the intersection of Routes 441 and 250. Annette Leopard will be our guide.

Also, Saturday, April 21; 10 AM - 2 PM
2018 Muller Field Station Open House; 6455 County Road 36, Honeoye, NY
Fun activities for all ages and open to the public! Animal artifacts touch table, fish print-making, native plants. FLCC student guided nature hikes and invasive species education, 10: Electrofishing demo and tour of Walleye Fish Culture facility 12-1: Bearing the Winter, The secret lives of black bears by John Van Niel

Friday, April 27, 2018; 1 PM 
NATIONAL ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING at Lakeshore Park in Canandaigua
The City of Canandaigua is a Tree City USA.  Each year a tree is planted with an explanation of proper tree care.  The Mayor will read a proclamation and there will be free posters and goodies from the Arbor Day Foundation.  This year’s tree will be planted in honor of Melissa Virag who passed away in December.  Meet at Lakefront Park (to the east of Kershaw Park). Parking is available just west of Carousel Lane of Lakeshore Drive (where the Canandaigua Lady boards).

Friday, April 27; 6 PM 
ANNUAL POTLUCK DINNER AND Climate Change in the Finger Lakes Region
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.  Dinner begins at 6 pm. At 7 pm Russ Wesler of our Cornell Cooperative Extension will share the Effects of Climate Change on Plants in the Finger Lakes. Bring cash or check to pay your annual dues and receive the 2018-19 Canandaigua Botanical Society program. ($7 individual / $10 family)

Monday, April 2, 2018


Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10AM



It was a chilly and windy morning when six people met Bruce Gilman at the FLCC Arboretum on Saturday morning before the forecasted ice storm was to arrive.  Bruce explained that the FLCC Arboretum was initiated in 1976 as an education resource to benefit the horticulture program. Bruce mowed, gathered tree and seed donations, and planted to establish the arboretum.  There are over 100 species currently growing at the arboretum planted since 1977.
Here's a sample of what we saw:
Pin Oak
Near alley of "street trees"
Sweet Gum
Branches of sweet gum
Sweet gum seed pod at base of sweet gum tree

beech tree
invasive black locust tree
Cucumber Magnolia tree
Cucumber Magnolia seed pod
Tulip and Hackberry trees
Ginko tree
Thomas resting on Maya Hobday's bench

Dawn Redwood in early spring
Bald Cyprus
European and Japanese Larch trees

Larch tree branches
Serenity Gardens
White fir/concolor - orange scented
Volunteer peach tree from someone's discarded lunch
Weeping Norway...Thomas still fits
Perhaps you'll try it on for size?
hybrid poplar
west of arboretum used to be a gravel pit
Colts foot - a hardy early spring bloom

Skunk Cabbage blossoms

White Avens (gets about 2' high - likes shade)
cat tails
yellow trout-lily / adder's tongue leaf surrounded by dried leaves
Kidney leaf buttercup leaves near moss
spice bush buds
more skunk cabbage

Marsh Marigold leaves

yellow water buttercup
Watch here for Mertensia blooms early May
native swamp dock

young bedstraw leaves


Join us for a walk through the FLCC Arboretum (just west of Marvin Sands Drive) with Berna Ticonchuk or Bruce Gilman as we learn about the efforts to inventory the trees of FLCC. Afterwards we can stroll through the wetland trails of Lincoln Hill to spot early spring blooms including skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus).  The ground may be wet but you can get a good look at the colorful blooms from the boardwalks.  You can also appreciate the interpretive posts along the trails.