Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ganondagan Medicinal Plant Walk

Saturday, July 11, 2015   9:00 AM (NOT 10 AM)
Ganondagan Medicinal Plant Walk
County Routes 41 and 444, Victor

We attempted this walk last year but got poured on with rain and instead Whitney Charlton told us about the efforts to remove the non-native and invasive pale swallow-wort.  This year we hope for clearer skies and will learn about medicinal plants along the Ethnobotanical Trail at this historical site of the Seneca people.

Directions: Drive north on 332 to CR 41 towards Victor. Ganondagan will be on your right just after Rt. 444. **Carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua at 8:30 AM** 

Do you have native plant species you're looking to share or pass along?

The Ganondagan State Historic Site is working towards removing invasive, non-native plant species from the park and replacing them with native plants that are significant to the Seneca culture. This will both promote biodiversity and help to keep invasive plants from coming back. You can help by donation native plant, which allows us to keep the project going on our limited budget!


If you have questions or are interested in donating plants to aid in our Invasive Species Project, you can email Emma Kubinski at gshsconservation@gmail.com
Plants can be dropped off at the Visitor's Center. Park hours- Tuesday-Sunday, 9-5 

Desirable Native Plant Species:  If you have questions, you can email us at gshsconservation@gmail.com
Scientific names are listed here for reference, however our needs are not limited to these specific species.  
-         Leeks (Allium tricoccum)
-         Wild Onion (Allium ceruum)
-         Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
-         Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
-         Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
-         Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)
-         Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)
-         Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)
-         Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
-         Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
-         Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
-         Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
-         Crimson Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
-         Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
-         Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
-         Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
-         Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
-         Boxberry (Gaultheria procumbens)
-         Long-Spurred Violet (Viola rostrata) )
-         American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegiodes)
-         American Bellflower (Campanula americana)
-         Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
-         Bowman's Root (Gillenia trifoliata)
-         Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)
-         Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
-         Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
-         Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitca)
-         Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)
-         Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
-         Pearly Everlasting (Anapahlis margaritacea)
-         Sessile Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)
-         Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
-         American Black Elderberry (Sambuccus canadensis)
-         Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
-         Smooth Blue Aster (Symphotricum laeve)
-         Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina)
-         Large-Leaf Aster (Eurybia macrophyllus)
-         Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifulium)
-         Hairy Beard Tongue (Penstemon hirastas)
-         Heart Leaf Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)
-         Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
-         Serviceberry/June Berry (Amelanchiers laevis)
-         White Beards Tongue ( Penstemon digitalis)
-         Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
-         Eastern Red/Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
-         Lady Fern  (Athyrium filix-femina)
-         Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
-         Thin-Leaved Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
-         Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis)
-         Dutchman's Breeches ( Dicentra cucullaria)
-         Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)
-         Canada Lily (Lilium canadense)
-         Wild Bergamont/Bee Balm (Lilium canadense)
-         Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
-         Tall Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta)
-         Yellow Mandarin (Prosartes languinosa)
-         Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lagoon Park Kiosk


Thanks to Patrick McFadden of Seneca Waterways Council Boy Scout Troop 32 we now have an information kiosk just south of the eastern bridge at the Lagoon Park.  Patrick has constructed and installed the kiosk as part of his Eagle Scout project.  Bill Bross took several photos of the kiosk installation on June 20th and Laura took photos on June 21st when the roof was positioned.  
Patrick's uncle came with an auger
testing the depth of the hole
unloading the kiosk

cementing the posts
How I found the kiosk on Sunday morning
filling in around the posts
On goes the roof
 
bracing the roof

adding shingles
Thomas and I return on Wednesday to post information and add literature to the boxes
NICE WORK PATRICK!  THANK YOU!

Join us for an official dedication on August 8th:
Saturday, August 8, 2015    10:00 AM
Lagoon Park Kiosk Dedication
Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua

Jim Engel initiated the restoration of Lagoon Park several years ago and has worked with the support of Canandaigua Botanical Society to greatly reduce the amount of European Buckthorn and other invasive species there. Join us as we dedicate Eagle Scout Patrick McFadden's information kiosk (by the bridge closest to Carousel Lane and east of the gazebo entrance).  Afterwards we hope to enjoy walks around the park to appreciate the reasoning for the restoration project or perhaps to learn about the habitat at Lagoon Park and the creatures it supports.  Representatives from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, FLCC, and the City of Canandaigua may also be present to share how they've supported the restoration project. 

Woodland Gardens


Saturday, June 20, 2015     10:00 AM
The WOODLAND GARDENS OF LOU BLISS
6109 Knapp Road, Canandaigua
Lou and Bradley Bliss invited more than twenty of us to their two acre oasis of woodland gardens with rustic stone paths and shallow streams winding through an array of perennials and an abundance of hostas.  When Lou is not working with the garden at Gleaner's Kitchen or the Bloomfield Garden Club she devotes her time and obvious talents to the wonders of her woodland garden.  
three acres around the home and gardens are surrounded with 8 feet high plastic fencing to keep the deer out
 
Lou ties rope to plastic kiddy pools to help move things throughout the garden
Lou's second home?
baby ginger under hosta leaves
Tiger lily and Indian bloodroot
This innocent little white flower is a Houttuynia Cordata or chameleonplant.  Lou told us it has been very invasive.
shells on trees attract snails and keep them from the plants
Gunnera - the enormous leaves
trilium
 
 
Lou tells us about the jack in the pulpit that smells like spoiled meat
Lou has over 300 varieties of Hosta
 
 
 
stick teepee for critters
Bear's breeches
 
 
 
 
 
note tiny mouse ear hosta along the edge of this garden
Bridegroom hosta with reverse leaves


In addition to the plants named above we saw these species (and several more not even mentioned here):  Pulmonaria, sweet woodruff myrtle, lady slipper, may apple, gooseneck loosestrife, goatsbeard, lenten rose (hellebore), ligularia, Annabelle hydrangea, and spurge (Euphorbia)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Events

In addition to the Canandaigua Botanical Society events happening this summer, check out Ontario Pathways Hiking Series and consider picking up an ONTARIO PATHWAYS RAIL TRAILS PASSPORT at Wegmans.  More information can be found here: ONTARIO PATHWAYS LINK

Canandaigua Botanical Society events occurring this summer include:

Saturday, June 20, 2015     10:00 AM
The WOODLAND GARDENS OF LOU BLISS
6109 Knapp Road, Canandaigua

Come enjoy this two acre oasis of woodland gardens with rustic stone paths and shallow streams winding through an array of perennials and an abundance of hostas.  You may know Lou Bliss from her work with the garden at Gleaner's Kitchen or the Bloomfield Garden Club.

Directions: Take 21 south to Cheshire. Turn right onto Goodale Road. Take Goodale up to Smith Road and turn left.  Take Smith Road to Knapp Road and turn right. Take Knapp to the driveway which is on the very sharp curve. Turn left onto the driveway at the mailbox 6109 (and hopefully the Canandaigua Botanical Society sign).  If you go around the curve you've gone too far.  **Carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua at 9:25 AM**


Saturday, July 11, 2015   9:00 AM
Ganondagan Medicinal Plant Walk
County Routes 41 and 444, Victor

We attempted this walk last year but got poured on with rain and instead Whitney Charlton told us about the efforts to remove the non-native and invasive pale swallow-wort.  This year we hope for clearer skies and will learn about medicinal plants along the Ethnobotanical Trail at this historical site of the Seneca people.

Directions: Drive north on 332 to CR 41 towards Victor. Ganondagan will be on your right just after Rt. 444. **Carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua at 8:30 AM**

Saturday, July 18, 2015    10:00 AM
Grimes Glen with Robert Leopard
Vine Street, Naples 

Grimes Glen is a classic Finger Lakes gorge, a continuously changing and fragile environment shaped and reshaped over time by the power of water. Join us as we enjoy the winding trail along the creek to a point at which terrain requires visitors to ford the stream to continue their journey to the second of three sixty foot waterfalls.

Directions: Head south from Canandaigua on Route 21 South to Naples.  Continue through the village of Naples and take a right onto Vine Street.  Parking for Grimes Glen will be at the end of this street.  **Carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua at 9:10 AM**

Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19 10 am - 5 pm
Canandaigua Botanical Society 
COMMUNITY CAUSE-WAY 
booth at the Canandaigua Arts Festival
Main Street, Canandaigua

The Canandaigua Botanical Society hopes to have a canopied booth at the Canandaigua Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19.  It will be located along the "COMMUNITY CAUSE-WAY" between Bristol Street and Byrne Dairy.  We will have family friendly activities for festival folks to enjoy as well as plenty of information about the Canandaigua Botanical Society. 

***We are in need of members to tend to our booth on Saturday, July 18th from 10 AM to 1 PM.  If you're not planning to attend the Grimes Glen walk but still would like to help out the Botanical Society we'd love to hear from you!  Please contact Laura at canandaiguabotanical@gmail.com.***  

Saturday, August 8, 2015    10:00 AM
Lagoon Park Kiosk Dedication
Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua

Jim Engel initiated the restoration of Lagoon Park several years ago and has worked with the support of Canandaigua Botanical Society to greatly reduce the amount of European Buckthorn and other invasive species there. Join us as we dedicate Eagle Scout Patrick McFadden's information kiosk (by the bridge closest to Carousel Lane and east of the gazebo entrance).  Afterwards we hope to enjoy walks around the park to appreciate the reasoning for the restoration project or perhaps to learn about the habitat at Lagoon Park and the creatures it supports.  Representatives from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, FLCC, and the City of Canandaigua may also be present to share how they've supported the restoration project. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FLCC VITICULTURE and WINE CENTER

FLCC VITICULTURE & WINE CENTER
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015 1:00 PM

Paul Brock toured 40 people through the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center which opened in January 2015. The Viticulture and Wine Center features a teaching winery, enology laboratory, aging rooms, wine storage, a crush pad, a classroom, a kitchen area, and office space.  In addition, a rotating vineyard is featured next to the winery.
Directions:  A carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse at 12:20 PM.   Head south on Sly Street and take a left onto Ontario Street.  Continue east on County Road 4 towards Geneva.  Turn right onto Pre Emption Road and drive about one half mile.  Take a left onto Empire Drive.  The FLCC  Viticulture and Wine Center is at 100 Empire Drive, Geneva, NY 14456.

Looking north from Pre-Emption Road
Arriving at our destination
The reception area for wine tasting and hospitality
Paul tells us about the Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program https://www.flcc.edu/viticulture/
Rotating vineyard started with 12 vines - 2 vines to be rotated each year
Discussion continues in the classroom

Paul's kids share illustrations
Label designs are created by FLCC students enrolled in various programs
Thanks to Leona for this photo!
Paul invites us to the wine making lab room









Then onto the pressing and fermenting area
Proper ventilation is key to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning (the number one cause of death in the wine making business)

Fermenting tanks
The building was designed to make use of natural lighting
Three storage areas: room temperature, refrigerated, and freezer
Paul explains "root stock" and grafting

Outdoor receiving area for crushing and pressing:


We want to thank Paul Brock for the phenomenal amount of information he shared with us during our tour including the history, science, and philosophy about the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center and wine making in general.  
Paul is the owner-winemaker of Silver Thread Vineyard