Monday, June 27, 2016


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.

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.

A carpool will leave the Sly Street parking lot behind the County Court House in Canandaigua at 9:20 AM.

Our 142nd Year - Program of Events

Canandaigua Botanical Society 
       Events are on Saturdays at 10 AM unless otherwise noted.
      April 30:          Spring Wildflowers at Gannett Hill

      Sunday, May 8: Plein Air ~ Bluebells for Mother’s Day

      June 4:              Ontario Pathways – National Trails Day

      June 18:            Tree Pruning workshop

      July 16:             Worm Power tour

      August 6:          Bentley Woods Walk

      October 1:        Lagoon Park Walk

      November 12:   Native Plant Arranging

      March 25, 2017: Sonnenberg Gardens History Tour

      Friday, April 28, 2017:  Canandaigua City Arbor Day

      Friday, April 28, 2017:  Potluck and Presentation

** artwork by Howard Freese

Friday, April 1, 2016


Annual Potluck Dinner and Botany 101 Presentation

Friday, April 22, 2016  6:00 PM
Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N Main St.
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 Bruce Gilman will teach us the basics of botany that we may be better prepared to identify species.
Bring cash or check to pay your annual dues and receive the 2016-17 Canandaigua Botanical Society program. ($7 individual / $10 family)

Arbor Day 2016 
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The Tree City USA Arbor Day tree planting will occur at Lakefront Park at the north end of Canandaigua Lake on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  Parking is available off Lakeshore Drive adjacent to the Lakefront Park between Carousel Lane and the hotel construction site. The Canandaigua City Arborist will talk about the proper planting of trees.  TREE CITY USA and National Arbor Day SWAG will be available!

Thursday, April 07, 2016  -  7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Our friends at the Eaton Birding Society are presenting an introductory lecture on birding. Get recommendations for useful books and apps and learn the basics about birds and migration, bird feeding, and equipment and organization. Discover why birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Registration requested: please contact Wood Library ( / 585.3941391). 
Wood Library - Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room Sides A & B