Friday, July 22, 2016

Bentley Woods walk

Saturday, August 6, 2016; 10:00 AM  
(carpool leaves at 9:20 from Sly Street parking 
lot behind Ontario County Courthouse)
Bentley Woods Old Growth Forest walk
Log Cabin Road, Fishers, NY

Bentley Woods is a Nature Conservancy property where mushrooms will likely be among the treasures we see.  This 21 acre old growth forest is landlocked by residential properties.  Bruce Gilman will lead access to the land via a neighboring property owner. 

Directions:  Head north from Canandaigua to Route 96.  Turn south onto Main Street Fishers and travel just over 1 mile.  Turn right onto Log Cabin Road.  We will park along the road one mile up near 366 Log Cabin Road to access Bentley Woods.  Due to limited parking along Log Cabin Road, carpooling is encouraged. 

Monday, June 27, 2016



Saturday, August 20, 2016 10 AM

 Saturday, July 16, 2015; 10:00 AM 

1691 Jenks Rd, Avon, NY 14414

Join us as we tour the vermicompost facility in Avon, NY.  “Worm Power is a comprehensive, complex bio-chemical system created from worms living in and working through high-quality feedstock in an optimal environment. Their process delivers a full-featured, soil-based ecosystem that supports nutritional balance and crop health by strengthening the physical structure, chemical composition and biological activity of the soil that plants are grown in. 
***Because of tour fees we ask that you are (or become) a current member to join this event. You will have a blue 2016-017 program and Canandaigua Botanical Society oval sticker or can email to check your membership status.***

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


 Saturday, June 18, 2016; 10:00 AM
Tree Pruning Workshop
 Baker Park
The City of Canandaigua has been a Tree City USA for 24 years.  There is a City of Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board charged to advocate for the city trees and support the Tree City USA designation.
Stephanie Crim, Canandaigua City Arborist, and Berna Ticonchuk, FLCC conservation technician will be teaching us how and why to properly prune trees.  This workshop will help support a Tree City USA Growth Award.  We will meet at the Baker Park pavilion at 10:00 AM.


Tim Wilbur can tell us all we want to know about Ontario Pathways!
  Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM
(NO carpool)
Ontario Pathways National Trails Day walk 
Orleans water tower on Waddel Road

We will be joining the folks of Ontario Pathways on National Trails Day to hike at Orleans from the water tower south where there will be a short dedication of a trail bench.  There is also two other side trails on this section.  The new one, the Hemlock Grove Loop Trail, features a really big culvert of great masonry work.  Botanical members are encouraged to bring field guides along to help educate folks on the plethora of species found along the Ontario Pathways. Note we will begin the walk at 9:30 as set by the Ontario Pathways folks.  If you arrive at 10 please walk south to meet us.

Also bring along your passport from the Wegmans Passport Series to obtain a rubbing or two.  Passports can be obtained free from the Wegmans Customer Service desks in Canandaigua and Geneva. 

Directions: Drive east on CR 488 to Orleans and take a right onto Waddel Road (where the speed reduces to 40 and the road turns left towards Phelps). 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day Bluebells Plein Air

Sunday, May 8, 2016 between 1:00 and 3:00 PM
Mertensia Park, Farmington
 Anyone who has ever had a mother is welcome to join us for second annual PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS event at Mertensia Park.  We will provide the paper, paints, pallets, and brushes to capture your artistic view of the mertansia (bluebells) and other spring wildflowers along Mud Creek.       *** Please bring along an easel if you have one and something to sit on if you wish. ***

Directions: Drive north on Route 332 and take a left onto County Road 41 (Speedway station).  Drive west on CR 41 about 1 mile and take a right turn on Mertensia Road.  Turn left down into Mertensia Park.  The bluebells are behind the tennis courts.

Here are some photos from our Plein Air 2016 along with several photos of other wildflowers found on May 8th at Mertensia Park (a great place to identify plants year round with convenient parking and easy trails).


Sunday, April 24, 2016


Sandra Bierbrauer will lead us through the woods at Gannett Hill (Ontario County Park) to enjoy the spring wildflowers. We can use this opportunity to test our knowledge that Bruce Gilman taught us about using the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide!  Meet at the parking area nearest the Lookout / Jump-off trail.

We started out at Ontario County Park but then went to Sandra's home as there was not much in bloom yet at the high altitude of Gannett Hill.
Garlic Mustard
May Apples
Jacob's Ladder (valerian)
Prunella - heal all - mint family
looking northward from jumpoff
 Now onto Sandra's property...
chocolate mint
blood root
Toad trillium

Paw Paw tree