Friday, March 24, 2017

Sonnenberg Gardens

The weather forecast was COLD AND WET on Saturday, March 25th at Sonnenberg Gardens as 20 of our hardiest met to hear the UNTOLD STORY OF FREDERICK FERRIS THOMPSON.
 Sonnenberg Gardens Director, David Hutchings, met with us before he headed out to do some chainsaw work.  He told us about upcoming events at Sonnenberg including a visit from Claudia West. 
 We began our tour through the greenhouses with Sonnenberg's Volunteer and Education Coordinator, Pam Gangloff.  First through the future Rain Forrest...
 Then passed the orchids... (Sonnenberg's Orchid show is April 21-23, 2017)
and the succulents...
and into the conservatory...
 
 
We then settled for a bit in the warm and dry Head House where volunteers meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to assist around the gardens.  It was here that Barb Stahl did a wonderful job sharing with us the research that she has put together about Frederick Ferris Thompson.
Barb combed through years of Frederick's diaries to find numerous accounts showing that he was a naturalist and that he kept good company with the Canandaigua Botanical Society founding member Dr. Jewett.  Barb created two books that she gifted to the Canandaigua Botanical Society filled with entries from 1864-1881.
 
After our time with Barb we were invited to walk the garden grounds with Pam and Barb.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our gratitude to Barb and Pam for a wonderfully warm welcome to Sonnenberg.  Our hopes are to continue into research with Sonnenberg using Canandaigua Botanical Society records. Anyone interested in helping out in this endeavor should let us know at canandaiguabotanical@gmail.com.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with Sonnenberg please contact volunteers@sonnenberg.org or check out http://www.sonnenberg.org/volunteer/
You may also plan to attend the volunteer recruitment event on April 22!

Friday, March 3, 2017

THE UNTOLD STORY OF FREDERICK FERRIS THOMPSON

10 AM on Saturday, March 25, 2017 
at Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua 


We will meet at the Admissions Gate inside Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street at 10:00 AM.
Barb Stahl will take us on a unique tour of Sonnenberg focusing on Frederick Ferris Thompson and his diaries which tell of his fervent interest in nature.  We hope that this event will seed future research into the connections between Frederick’s later years and the earliest years of the Canandaigua Botanical Society.  Perhaps you will be interested in ongoing studies of past histories to build a supportive relationship between Sonnenberg and The Canandaigua Botanical Society into the future. Feel free to bring walking sticks and portable stools for navigating through the greenhouses and Sonnenberg property.  
 
Canandaigua Botanical Events are free and open to the public.  Membership offers you a printed program of events, membership roster, and useful information toward our goal of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond.  


Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Presentation

Friday, April 28, 2017,  6:00 PM we will welcome in our 143rd year of the Canandaigua Botanical Society at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street Canandaigua.  Enter through Saint John's Court off Howell Street (Gleaners Kitchen).  Bring a dish to pass and place setting for yourself and any friends you invite along.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM.

At 7 PM Laura Ouimette will share a history of the Canandaigua Botanical Society and a vision for our future.

Bring cash or check to pay annual dues and receive the 2017-18 Canandaigua Botanical Society printed program.  ($7 individual / $10 family)

Canandaigua Botanical Events are free and open to the public.  Membership offers you a printed program of events, membership roster, and useful information toward our goal of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of all plants growing in the Finger Lakes Region and beyond.