Sunday, April 30, 2017

Plein Air among the Bluebells

  Bluebells Plein Air

Sunday, May 7, 2017 between 1:00 and 3:00 PM
PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS (FOR MOTHER’S DAY!)
Mertensia Park, Farmington
  Please plan to join us for our third annual PLEIN AIR BLUEBELLS event at Mertensia Park.  Generally held on Mother's Day we are meeting a week early as the bluebells are likely to be in full bloom by May 7th.  (Bethan and I did a check on Saturday, April 29th and found several mertensia in bloom with trout lily, blood root, colt's foot, garlic mustard, May apples, false solomon's seal, violets, and jack-in-the-pulpit). 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.  (Mertensia Road may be closed just north of the park entrance so please plan to access Mertensia Park by the south end of Mertensia Road.)

UPDATE:  A week prior to our Plein Air this is how the bluebells looked.  May 7th should be near peek.
 
 And the Jack in the Pulpit may be blooming as well...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

National Arbor Day Tree Planting

Canandaigua City is celebrating 25 years as a TREE CITY USA.
On Friday, April 28, 2017 there will be a Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak) tree planted at the Gibson Street Park near Park Circle at 1 PM.  Please join us as the city arborist and crew explain how to plant a tree after Mayor Polimeni reads the Arbor Day Proclamation.  National Arbor Day posters and goodies will be available.

Some photos from the Arbor Day planting:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Annual potluck dinner, meeting, and presentation

Friday, April 28, 2017,  6:00 PM we will welcome in our 143rd year of the Canandaigua Botanical Society at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street Canandaigua.  Enter through Saint John's Court off Howell Street (Gleaners Kitchen).  Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM.

At 7 PM Laura Ouimette will share a history of the Canandaigua Botanical Society and a vision for our future.

Bring cash or check to pay annual dues and receive the 2017-18 Canandaigua Botanical Society printed program.  ($7 individual / $10 family)

Canandaigua Botanical Events are free and open to the public.  Membership offers you a printed program of events, membership roster, and useful information toward our goal of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond. 


2017-18 Events



CANANDAIGUA BOTANICAL SOCIETY
Celebrating 143 years in 2017
Dedicated to the Knowledge and enjoyment of plants found in the Finger Lakes Region since 1874

2017-18 Canandaigua Botanical Society Events 

Events are free and on Saturdays at 10 AM unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, May 7: Plein Air ~ Mertensia Park Bluebells

June 3, 2017: Ontario Pathways, Orleans

June 17, 2017: Grimes Glen, Naples

Wednesday, July 12: Grace Gardens, Penn Yan

July 15 & 16: Canandaigua Art & Music Booth

August 5, 2017: Wesley Hill Nature Preserve, Naples         

Wednesday, August 30: Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary, Victor 
    
September 16, 2017: Lagoon Park, Canandaigua

October 7, 2017: Gannett Hill, Ontario County Park 

October 28, 2017: Autumn Glory @ Highland Park, Rochester

November 18, 2017: CBS Cultural History- Indoor meeting
    
March 24, 2018: How Plants Reproduce- Indoor meeting

April 14, 2018: FLCC Arboretum and Lincoln Woods

Friday, April 27, 2018: Canandaigua City Arbor Day

Friday, April 27, 2018: Potluck, Annual meeting, Effects of Climate Change

 For more info email: Canandaiguabotanical@gmail.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sonnenberg Gardens

The weather forecast was COLD AND WET on Saturday, March 25th at Sonnenberg Gardens as 20 of our hardiest met to hear the UNTOLD STORY OF FREDERICK FERRIS THOMPSON.
 Sonnenberg Gardens Director, David Hutchings, met with us before he headed out to do some chainsaw work.  He told us about upcoming events at Sonnenberg including a visit from Claudia West. 
 We began our tour through the greenhouses with Sonnenberg's Volunteer and Education Coordinator, Pam Gangloff.  First through the future Rain Forrest...
 Then passed the orchids... (Sonnenberg's Orchid show is April 21-23, 2017)
and the succulents...
and into the conservatory...
 
 
We then settled for a bit in the warm and dry Head House where volunteers meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to assist around the gardens.  It was here that Barb Stahl did a wonderful job sharing with us the research that she has put together about Frederick Ferris Thompson.
Barb combed through years of Frederick's diaries to find numerous accounts showing that he was a naturalist and that he kept good company with the Canandaigua Botanical Society founding member Dr. Jewett.  Barb created two books that she gifted to the Canandaigua Botanical Society filled with entries from 1864-1881.
 
After our time with Barb we were invited to walk the garden grounds with Pam and Barb.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our gratitude to Barb and Pam for a wonderfully warm welcome to Sonnenberg.  Our hopes are to continue into research with Sonnenberg using Canandaigua Botanical Society records. Anyone interested in helping out in this endeavor should let us know at canandaiguabotanical@gmail.com.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with Sonnenberg please contact volunteers@sonnenberg.org or check out http://www.sonnenberg.org/volunteer/
You may also plan to attend the volunteer recruitment event on April 22!

Friday, March 3, 2017

THE UNTOLD STORY OF FREDERICK FERRIS THOMPSON

10 AM on Saturday, March 25, 2017 
at Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua 


We will meet at the Admissions Gate inside Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street at 10:00 AM.
Barb Stahl will take us on a unique tour of Sonnenberg focusing on Frederick Ferris Thompson and his diaries which tell of his fervent interest in nature.  We hope that this event will seed future research into the connections between Frederick’s later years and the earliest years of the Canandaigua Botanical Society.  Perhaps you will be interested in ongoing studies of past histories to build a supportive relationship between Sonnenberg and The Canandaigua Botanical Society into the future. Feel free to bring walking sticks and portable stools for navigating through the greenhouses and Sonnenberg property.  
 
Canandaigua Botanical Events are free and open to the public.  Membership offers you a printed program of events, membership roster, and useful information toward our goal of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond.  


Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Presentation

Friday, April 28, 2017,  6:00 PM we will welcome in our 143rd year of the Canandaigua Botanical Society at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street Canandaigua.  Enter through Saint John's Court off Howell Street (Gleaners Kitchen).  Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM.

At 7 PM Laura Ouimette will share a history of the Canandaigua Botanical Society and a vision for our future.

Bring cash or check to pay annual dues and receive the 2017-18 Canandaigua Botanical Society printed program.  ($7 individual / $10 family)

Canandaigua Botanical Events are free and open to the public.  Membership offers you a printed program of events, membership roster, and useful information toward our goal of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond.