Sunday, September 16, 2012

From the Finger Lakes Community College newsletter:

Allan Armitage, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, will visit Canandaigua later this month to present gardening seminars at Sonnenberg Gardens and Finger Lakes Community College.

Dr. Armitage is author of "Herbaceous Perennial Plants," considered the bible of perennial reference books.

He will give an all-day gardening seminar in Sonnenberg's Carriage House on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Here is the agenda:

  • 10 a.m.: "Tales from the Garden"
  • 11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Start discussion on perennials
  • 12:15 to 2 p.m.: Lunch with book signing from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Finish perennial discussion, followed by annuals
  • 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: "Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners"
Advance registration is required for the seminar. The cost is $60 per person or $50 for Sonnenberg members and includes a box lunch. Call (585) 394-4922 to make a reservation.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, Dr. Armitage will give a free one-hour presentation on "Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners" from 1 to 2 p.m. and sign copies of his book from 2 to 3 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center.

For more about Dr. Armitage and his visit to Canandaigua, click here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Restoring Canandaigua's Lagoon Park

I wasn't able to attend the Lagoon Park walk on Saturday but thanks to Julie Sherwood of the Messenger Post we have this to report:

By Julie Sherwood, staff writer
Posted Sep 10, 2012 @ 01:37 PM
Canandaigua, N.Y. — 

Canandaigua City Council this summer stamped its approval on restoring the city’s Lagoon Park and the Canandaigua Botanical Society is taking the lead in getting the job done.

A wildlife preserve of 34 acres of wetlands, the park entered from Lakeshore Drive across from Steamboat Landing has walking paths, bridges, fishing platforms and other attractions. But in recent years, it has fallen victim to invasive plant species, extensive beaver activity and related troubles.

“I saw the potential to restore this park,” said Jim Engel, owner of White Oak Nursery in Geneva. Engel, who took Botanical Society members on a park tour Saturday, approached the city a few years ago about restoring the park by removing invasive growth, planting desirable native species and installing beaver protections and other measures. With the economic downturn and concerns about how the project would be paid for, though, it wasn’t until this year that the plan got the official go-ahead.

Engel said he is ready to begin removing the invasive plants this fall, which include European Buckthorn and other undesirables, and plant next spring attractive trees, shrubs and wildflowers native to the Finger Lakes region such Spicebush, Nannyberry and Arrowwood Viburnum.

The total project is projected to cost $7,300, raised entirely through private donations, with volunteer help to install plants and beaver fences.

It’s a project well worth doing, said John Hyde and others who walked the park with Engel on Saturday. “It is important to restore the native plants that are being crowded out,” Hyde said. Engel said restoring the park will enhance a larger area as well, as the park circles around to Wegmans and can be seen from Routes 5 and 20. Bross said he also sees the restoration filling an educational need. Preserving and improving the park shows we recognize “the value of nature and how we fit in,” Bross said.

To donate or for more information, contact Engel at (315) 789-3509. Or email him at
 Jim Engel (far right) with members of the Canandaigua Botanical Society who toured Lagoon Park in Canandaigua on Sept. 8. (from left) John Hyde, Bill Bross and Peggy Kane.

 Jim Engel points out red twig, one of the desirable plants in Lagoon Park in the city of Canandaigua

John Hyde (left) and Jim Engel point out one of the invasive plants, European Buck Thorn, which has overtaken Lagoon Park in the city of Canandaigua.

Monday, September 3, 2012


Saturday, September 8, 2012      10 am to noon.
The Lagoon Park is on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua across from the Steamboat Landing Restaurant and circles around to Wegmans. (Meet at the Steamboat Landing parking lot by the road.)

The Lagoon Park was constructed by the City of Canandaigua in 2008 to be a forever-wild area with walking paths, bridges, fishing platforms. Since its inception, beaver, people who wander off the paths, lower water levels, and trees that have fallen and block the natural movement of the water have done much damage. In addition, many invasive plant species have taken over much of the habitat.

We will look at how we can restore the Park to a wider diversity of native flora in the park as well as seeing how to clear waterways and improve the pathways.