Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2009 for our

LAGOON PARK WALK - Focus on Butterfly Habitats.

Time: 10 am --- Meet at Steamboat Landing parking lot.

The Lagoon Park is on Lakeshore Drive across from Steamboat Landing Restaurant and circles around to Wegmans' backyard.

We are returning to Lagoon Park this year because we had such an easy and interesting walk there last year and because we want to search specifically for caterpillar and butterfly host plants. (Thanks to Jane Lamboy's recent Botanical Butterfly talk at FLCC.) With many native plants and trees, we think the Lagoon offers an ideal habitat for caterpillars and butterflies - we'll see what we can find.

Our leader for this walk, Bob Guthrie, is a naturalist who has been active for many years in the informal teaching of flora and fauna. He is a member of our Botanical Society and the Eaton Birding Society.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

More Rogers' Woods Photos

Thanks to the Canandaigua Botanical Society President, Peggy Kane, for these photos from May 9, 2009:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Species identified in Rogers' Woods

On this day 135 years ago the Canandaigua Botanical Society was established. Please enjoy the listing of species seen on our May 9th botanical walk through Rogers' Woods.
Standing among Mertensias/BlueBells in bloom

White Mertensias

Pale blue with pink Mertensia blossoms
Gene welcomes us to Rogers' Woods

Fading white trillium

Pathside variety

False Solomon'seal in bloom

Trout lily: flowers gone

Yellow violets


Meadow rue in bloom

Cut-leaved toothwort

Wild geranium in bloom
Our species recorder for the day.

Equsitum (horsetail)

Woodpecker evidence

Plenty of poison ivy!
The following species were also seen:
Blood root, flowers gone
Garlic mustard in bloom
Mandrake, finished blooming
Mystery bush with small buds

Saturday, May 9, 2009

May 9th Meeting Minutes

Attending: Ray Boda; Judi & Fritz Cermak; Marge & Dick Demallie (new members); Maya Hobday; Peggy Kane; Sylvia & June Moore; Laura, Jeffery, Bethan & Thomas Ouimette; Mary & John Purdy; Pat Reece (A.T.A.); Gene Rogers; Elizabeth Socci; Isabel Trudeau;

We met at Rogers' Woods at 10am where Judi Cermak had set up a canopy with refreshments for the Canandaigua Botanical Society and All Things Art members who were expected later in the day. Thank you Judi!

Gene Rogers led the group through the woods where we turned left at the fork and enjoyed the multitude of Bluebells along with several other species currently in bloom. The children were especially pleased to taste the "sweet honey" necter of the Bluebell blossoms. Upon return to the canopy for lunch a few members revisited the path and enjoyed the beauty of the right fork that led to even more Bluebells.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Time: 10:00 am OR meet at 9:35 am if carpooling from the parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse, accessed from Sly Street off Ontario Street, east off Main Street in Canandaigua.

Where: Go west from Canandaigua on Rt. 5 & 20 about 5 miles and turn left (south) on Wheeler Rd (intersection is about half mile before you get to Toomey's Corners). Proceed .9 of a mile to a brown house on the right-hand side of the road in a wooded area. Park on side of road just past this house.

From past experience, we have found that the bluebells (Mertensia virginica) bloom for Mother's Day (and the Purdy's confirm this). Hence, the title for our walk. This wooded area is on a flood plain of Mud Creek. There are two circular paths, one flat and one that requires crossing a small creek so bring a walking stick and wear boots. Bring lunch.

Leader: Gene Rogers

For information, call Mary Purdy 585-394-0952

Canandaigua Botanical Society History

The Canandaigua Botanical Society is the second oldest* botanical club in continuous existence in the United States, established on May 13, 1874! The early group was composed of avid botanists who sought out and studied all types of plants growing in the local area. An extensive collection of pressed specimens was prepared by the club most of which are currently housed in the Finger Lakes Herbarium at the local community college.

Today the society is made up of individuals who, while having a wide range of knowledge from novice to expert, share a love of nature. Interests range from wildflower enthusiasts to edible wild plant connoisseurs, from fern fanciers to mushroom afficionados.

Many of our members are active in related nature and conservation oriented organizations. Members enjoy leisurely paced hikes which allow time to see what is underfoot, overhead and all around us when we really look.

Check back to this blogsite and please join us for a Canandaigua Botanical Society field trip!

*Torrey Botanical Society was established in 1867

2009 Annual Potluck Dinner

The Annual Potluck Dinner was held on Friday, April 24, 2009.
Dr. Jana Lamboy gave a presentation about RAIN GARDENS.
Meet some of the members who attended:
John and Mary Purdy (treasurers)

Peggy Kane (president), Dr. Jana Lamboy, & Lauralee Maas
Dr. Lamboy gave a wonderful presentation about RAIN GARDENS.

Barbara Wiseman, Maya Hobday & June Moore

Dottie Maffin, Ray Boda, Doris Lochte & daughter

Betty Freese, Marion and John Fladd

Jean Browning, Sylvia Moore & Myrtle Eames

standing: Lauralee Maas, Elizabeth Socci, John Maas & Son

sitting: Robert Guthrie & Leona Lauster

Peter Kane and Laura Ouimette

Mary Purdy and Judi Cermak

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Celebrating 135 years!

On Friday, April 24, 2009 the Canandaigua Botanical society celebrated 135 years. Thanks to Maya Hobday and Sylvia Moore for our birthday cake!