Sunday, April 27, 2014

May Events

Wow!  We do have a great year of events to celebrate 140 years of the Canandaigua Botanical Society! Feel free to join us at any or all of our events.  Laura will be available at each event beginning May 10th with 140th Anniversary programs.  If you are interested in obtaining a Membership/Program before May 10, please send an email to:

Marty Dodge’s Daffodils
6105 Jones Road, Canandaigua
     Saturday, May 3, 2014   10:00 AM             
           (carpool from Sly Street lot behind Ontario County Court House at 9:35 am)
We’re hoping that May 3rd will be an ideal time to enjoy the view of thousands of daffodil’s overlooking Canandaigua Lake from Marty Dodge’s property.  Drive south on Route 21 from Canandaigua.  Just past Seneca Point Road on your left will be Jones Road on your right off Route 21.  Continue up Jones Road to the end and then proceed up the driveway of 6105 at the end of Jones Road.  Park to the right at the top of the driveway and walk out in front of Marty’s home to admire the view of daffodils overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  If you’re up to hiking, there’s plenty of other botanical species to enjoy.
Bluebells for Mother’s Day?
Mertensia Park, Farmington
      The first weeks of May are usually an ideal time to enjoy Mertensia blooms.  We will not have a guided bluebell walk this year, but encourage you to stop by Mertensia Park in Farmington to enjoy the sweet nectar of the Mertensia (bluebell) blossoms.  Be on the look out for Jack in the Pulpit and other spring wildflowers as you stroll along Mud Creek. Directions: Drive north on Route 332 and take a left onto County Road 41 (Hess 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.

Spring Wildflowers at Palmyra-Macedon
with Robert Leopard
      Saturday, May 10, 2014   10:00 AM                
          (carpool from Sly Street lot behind Ontario County Court House at 9:35 am)
Join us as Robert Leopard leads a walk in one of his favorite spring-rich sites behind the Pal-Mac Middle School.  Drive north on Route 21 to Palmyra and take a left onto West Foster Street as you enter Palmyra. Turn right onto Hyde Park and left to park behind the schools near the baseball field but closer to the building.
Bird Walk along Ontario Pathways     
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM                  
     (carpool from Sly Street lot behind Ontario County Court House at 7 am)
Leona Lauster will lead this early morning walk along the Ontario Pathways to enjoy watching for warblers.  Leona is a member of the Eaton Bird Society  ( and has a wide knowledge of botanical species as well.  We will meet at the new Ontario Pathways shelter on Route 96 in Phelps at 7:30.  You may want to bring binoculars.

Breakfast at The Blue Ribbon Smoke House Restaurant
     Because there are TWO events scheduled this morning, we are planning to enjoy breakfast in between the bird walk and the organic farm tour.  Feel free to join us for one, two, or all three events this Saturday. (estimate time for breakfast is 9:15 am)

Fellenz Family Farm Tour
1919 Lester Road, Phelps, NY
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM
We made a visit to the the Fellenz Family Farm in July 2010.  Join us on this spring tour with Andy Fellenz as he explains organic farming for three CSAs (community supported agriculture), the farm stand, and U-pick organic strawberries. Andy will tour us through their three small greenhouses for transplant production and six high tunnels. Andy will also have transplants available for sale to add to your own vegetable and herb gardens.  Fellenz Family Farm is located 1.2 miles south on Lester Road from Route 96 just east of Main Street Phelps.  Park on the east side of the road near the farm stand. 
 Unique Spring Gardens of Michael Hannen
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 AM                     
    (carpool from Sly Street lot behind the Ontario County Court House at 9:20 am)
For those who are interested in unique garden species, Michael Hannen’s gardens at 171 Laburnum Crescent in Rochester are a must see.  Come enjoy hundreds of unique and spectacular spring blooms and consider purchasing some for your own gardens. 
To get to Michael’s gardens: travel north on 332 then west on the NYS Thruway 90 to 490 West.  Take 490 W to exit 18 NY 31 (Monroe Ave).  Make a sharp left onto Monroe Ave and then a right onto Laburnam Crescent.  Park along the street near 171 Laburnam Crescent which is the last house on the right just before the Field Street Park also on the right.  If you get to Pinnacle Road, you’ve gone too far.
                                      Plants available:
Click here to see Michael's summer 2013 gardens:

And have you heard about...

... the Eastern Screech Owl perched 
in a London Plane tree on Charlotte Street.

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