Sunday, June 17, 2012


 Ginko tree

fan-shaped leaves of the Ginko tree

Peggy and Bil in front of large black willow
Black Willow branch
Black Willow tree
easier to identify when gone to seed this Virgin's Bower
Solomon's Seal past flowering
Bill Bross was our guide
Narrow-leaved Cattails: the upper and lower parts of the spike are usually separated by a distinct gap
Nymphaea orderata is called Fragrant Water-lily (Peterson's Guide) and Sweet-scented Water-lily (Newcomb's)
Mailbox for Fishing Derby results
Don't go looking for translucent frogs! (Visitors are told to canoe out into the pond to see translucent frogs and then the fountain was turned on.  Guests got soaked and everyone laughs.)
Bedstraw and Evening Primrose
Sycamore tree
beautiful bark of the Sycamore tree
Taylor Pond - very deep
Ox-eye Daisy

Monday, June 11, 2012


SENECA BREEZE BERRIES will be opening for the season on Saturday, June 9th, 10-5.  
The strawberries aren't quite ready yet......should be ready about June 22nd.

Lettuce, spinach, arugula and many herbs are ready!!  They are available U-Pick or We-Pick. 

Fresh homemade jams, local honey and maple syrup are available in our store along with a new product - Apple Strawberry Dog Treats!!

Hawaiian Shave Ice will taste really good on a hot day! 

We are now the NY State Distirbutor for HydroStacker - come see our product displays.  You too, could grow your own hydroponic fruits and vegetables!!!  Just think no kneeling or bending!!

Friday & Saturday  10-5
Thursday   2-5
Friday, Saturday & Monday  10-5
Friday & Saturday 10-5

Also, you'll find us at the following Farmers' Markets
VA Canandaigua - Tuesday  1:30-5:00
Dundee - Wednesday  3:30-6:30
Geneva - Thursday     7:30-1:00 

See you soon!
 Paul & Kathryn Cooley

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interested in receiving Botanical updates via Email?

I am finding that the press releases that I send out to local newspapers and online calendars are often "ignored" and postings of our Canandaigua Botanical Society events do not appear in print or online.  I generally send out Email reminders about our events to anyone who has shared their address with us at  You are welcome (and encouraged) to pass the Emails on to friends as we are more than happy to have many people come to enjoy the botanical events planned throughout the year.  If you don't already receive Email updates about upcoming events...and would like to...please just send us a message with your preferred Email address and we'll be sure to include you in on future updates!
Any members who prefer to be reminded by phone and are not already on our calling list may also be added to our phone lists to receive a friendly call a week in advance of botanical events.
THANKS! ~ Laura Ouimette,

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time: 10 am to noon or car pool from the Ontario County Courthouse parking lot at 9:30 am.

Where: Tucked away at the corner of Landing and Parrish Roads in Honeoye Falls.  From Canandaigua, go west on Rts. 5 & 20 through Bloomfield. Turn right on Route 64 for 3.3. miles. Turn left on CR 14 for 2.7 miles. Go right on W. Bloomfield 1.3 miles and right onto Parrish Rd. to Lanning Road intersection. (GPS: 20 Parrish Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY)

Odonata Sanctuary is the former estate of Joseph W. Taylor who was Treasurer of Bausch & Lomb and a world-class bird watcher. A few years ago, the Melcher family purchaseD the property from the children of Joseph Taylor to both preserve and enhance the beauty and provide a home for their family of six.
We will explore the grounds, which includes meadows and a large pond (Taylor Pond). For the more adventurous there are also acres of well-trailed wooded property. Odonata is now the home of a Bluebird restoration area and is a member of United Plant Savers.

Leaders: Bill Bross and/or Steve Melcher.

Notes from the MULLER FIELD STATION walk

Thanks to Caroline Gray for sharing these notes.

Attending: Caroline and Robert Gray with Philo and Charles, John Hyde, Sharon Horton and Marty Dodge as our guide.  And what a guide!

Marty Dodge started right in with the willows by the parking lot and told us many interesting and useful plant facts. 
Willow bark contains aspirin but is quite acidic.
Buttercups are poisonous. 
Plantains are edible with the narrow leaf plantain being better eating.
Some say milkweed is toxic, but the young pods are tasty when fried.
Dog Bane bark makes good twine.

We compared several different grasses; most of which were in bloom --achoo! 
We identified poison ivy and tried to impress its recognition on the boys.

Professor Dodge talked about invasive plant species such as the rose bushes and tartarian honeysuckle.  He also talked about the various invasive beetles that are threatening the Northeast.  Perhaps best of all, Professor Dodge taught Charlie how to make noises by blowing on a blade of grass!

For more information about the Muller Field Station...