Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Melissa Virag

Melissa Virag served as our Canandaigua Botanical Society president since 2016.  She had a great desire to organize and prepare all of the Canandaigua Botanical Society literature for the Ontario County Historical Society and had made several connections between the early Botanical members and Frederick Ferris Thompson of Sonnenberg. Melissa died on December 3, 2017 after valiantly fighting cancer.  Her talents and cheerful disposition are dearly missed.

There will be a service on Monday, December 18, 2018 at Saint Mary's Church in Canandaigua at 11:00 AM.

Melissa feeds the birds during a Canandaigua Botanical walk in 2015

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Canandaigua's ABCs of Plants and Trees

Saturday, November 18, 2017 
10AM at FLCC
The Canandaigua Botanical Society and the Canandaigua City Tree Advisory Board will be joining together to share information on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  We will meet in Finger Lakes Community College room 2640 at 10:00 AM.

Canandaigua has been a TREE CITY USA for 25 years and has had a Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board to advocate for our trees since 2011.  In addition to learning about how the TAB members advocate for our trees, Berna Ticonchuk will teach us the importance of properly mulching around trees.  Come find out about the new Canandaigua Heritage Tree program!

We’ll have information about the Canandaigua Botanical Society which was established 143 years ago.  Learn about who we are and what we do as well as where we are headed in the future.  Discover local areas of botanical interest and then make plans to explore them. 

All are welcome and snacks will be provided.  Canandaigua Botanical Society and Tree Advisory Board members are encouraged to share their insights and experiences.  (If you happen to be a fifth-grade student you are eligible to enter the New York State Department of Conservation’s National Arbor Day poster contest with the theme of Trees for Bees.

More information about the Tree Advisory Board and the 5th grade poster contest can be found here: Canandaigua City Tree Advisory Board

 Directions to FLCC 2640 (old C220):  The easiest way to locate room 2640 will be to park in the southeast corner of the main parking lot "A" of FLCC.  Walk along Laker Lane on the sidewalk to the east side of the Student Center.  Enter the building at the SECOND (southeast) entrance (building 8) just past the loading dock "C".  Look for signs at the southeast corner of the parking lot and near the blue light to turn to enter the building.  If entering from the main entrance follow signs up the staircase and to the right.
**Melissa Virag's Canandaigua Botanical Cultural History is postponed until a future date.**

Monday, October 23, 2017


Saturday, October 28, 2017; 10:00 AM
Highland Park Reservoir Ave
We are once again joining along with the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club for this program.  Highland Park is beautiful all year round and its trees can really put on a show in October.  As we stroll the paths in the park, BANC tree expert, Frank Crombe, will help us appreciate the wonderful specimens of trees and shrubs found in the park in their fall finery.  We will meet on Reservoir Ave across from the Lamberton Conservatory at 10:00 AM.  For more information you may check: bancny.org.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Autumn Views at Gannett Hill

Saturday, October 7, 2017,  10:00 AM
6475 Gannett Hill Park Drive, Naples, NY 
Ten thousand to twenty thousand years ago, during the Glacial Age, ice carved and sculptured the Finger Lakes Region.  There’s no better place to slip away to than the highest point in Ontario County, Gannett Hill Park, in the scenic Bristol Hills.  At an elevation of 2,256 feet above sea level, you’ll have expansive autumn views.  We will meet at the parking area adjacent to the Lookout and observe autumn plants on our walk to the “Jump-Off”.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Lagoon Park walk with Maura Sullivan
Saturday, September 16, 2017
beginning at 10 AM

Join us as we enjoy a walk through the Lagoon Park with Maura Sullivan of FLCC.  We are looking forward to a leisurely stroll through this 34 acre wildlife preserve overlooking the Canandaigua Outlet that has been our focus of restoration and community education in recent years.  We may revisit the restoration efforts and continued work by the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, learn about the relationship shared with FLCC, or take a closer look at the habitat of Lagoon Park and the creatures it supports.  Meet at the Gazebo to start.

THANKS to Dawn Carter for sharing these photos from the Lagoon Park walk:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Visit to the Bourroughs Audubon Nature Center

Wednesday, August 30, 10:00 AM 
at the BANC Sanctuary,
301 Railroad Mills Road, Pittsford
 In late summer the wetlands of our sanctuary are colorfully arrayed with Goldenrod, Joe Pye Weed, Boneset, Great Blue Lobelia, and Turtlehead.  Members of the Canandaigua Botanical Society will join us and our dragonfly expert, Jon Dombrowski, as we search for dragonflies and damselflies along our boardwalks and trails amid the beautiful flowers of late summer.  Bring binoculars, water, and a lunch to enjoy on the porch afterwards, if you wish.        http://www.bancny.org/

September 1, 2017:  Photos from our visit to Burroughs Audubon Nature Center.  I will be back soon to add captions and notes. - Laura