Saturday, May 19, 2018


Saturday, June 9, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area on Douglas Road
Short botanical walk at 10 AM and CBS booth all day

We have been invited to participate in the 21st annual Genesee Valley Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo organized to enhance our enjoyment for outdoor recreation.  Over 60 activities will be available at no cost.  For more in formation you can go to:

We'll have a booth set up to inform people about our Canandaigua Botanical Society as well as a guided botanical walk beginning at 10 AM.  Please let us know if you'd like to help at the canopy or guide the walk. (
pale swallow wort
may apples

a deer siting should always remind us to look for ticks that may hitch a ride home from the outdoors
 Great day at the ADK Outdoor EXPO today.  On our morning plant identification walk we found pale swallow wort, horsetail, garlic mustard, fleabane, multifloral rose, shagbark hickory, London Plane, forget me nots, wild grapevines, poison ivy, may apples, skunk cabbage, daisies, ferns, milkweed, cleavers, a large snake, and more.

And a mystery plant:
Thanks to our botanical sleuths, we determined this is a plant from the primrose family: primula veris; cowslip. In the Peterson Field Guide it may be seen on page 265 as a Bird's Eye Primrose.

Our 144th year

The Canandaigua Botanical Society's
144th year of events
Events are on Saturdays at 10 AM unless otherwise noted.

May 12:   Plein Air ~ Bluebells at Mertensia
June 9 (9:30-3:30):  ADK Outdoor Expo, Mendon Ponds
Wed. June 27 (6pm):  BANC Open House & Nature Night 
Mon. July 9(2pm):    BANC Open House – meet a Llama
July 14 (9-4:30):  Bio Blitz at Cumming Nature Center/$3
August 4 (11am):  BANC Pancake breakfast   
Thur. August 9 (6pm): Aquatic Invasive Plants, Onanda Park 
September 22:  Tech Savvy at Lagoon Park  
October 6: Ganondagan walk from Fort Hill
October 20:  Fall Foliage @ Mount Hope Cemetery 
November 3:  Indoor meeting – How Plants Reproduce
March 30 2019: Visit to Fruition Seeds, Naples
April 2019:  Muller Field Station Open House
Fri. April 26, 2019:    Canandaigua City Arbor Day
Fri. April 26, 2019:    Potluck dinner, Annual meeting, 

Monday, April 30, 2018



Saturday, May 12, 2018; 10 AM – Noon

Mertensia Park, Farmington

We’re scheduling this year’s PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS event at Mertensia Park the Saturday prior to Mother’s Day.  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.  Create your own gift for Mom!   *** Please bring along an easel if you have one. ***

Directions: Drive north on Route 332 and take a left onto County Road 41 (NOFA).  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.

Other plants often seen among the bluebells: jack-in-the-pulpit, false solomon's seal, colts foot, trout lily/adder's tongue (both yellow and white), violets, bloodroot, meadow rue, morels, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, Equisetales (horsetails), myrtle, garlic mustard, may apples, and mullein.

Canandaigua Botanical events are open to everyone of all ages free of charge.  Invite a friend or two and enjoy the natural outdoors!

Ready, set, go...
Plein Air Artists of Mertensia

checking out the paints
lily of the valley

Jack in the Pulpit
Blood Root (past bloom)

another Plein Air pair
wild geraniums
meadow rue
may apples

Mertensia in alternate shades

Mertensia along Mudd Creek

Mertensia/ Blue Bell blossoms

finished projects
poison ivy and white berries
Yellow Jack in the Pulpit


commissioned artists

colt's foot