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Canandaigua Botanical Society's Newsletter: The Vasculum

 INTRODUCING: The Vasculum!

What a way to kick off our Sesquicentennial...

Beginning in 2024 Fred Haynes offered to edit a Canandaigua Botanical Society newsletter.  The Vasculum is planned to be a quarterly newsletter distributed digitally.  We plan to publish it here on our weblog and members will also receive it as a pdf file via email. 

Fred would love to receive input for future issues from any member who would like to contribute either a full article, a short text item, or simply an image or two.  The success of any club newsletter is in the diversity of its content and that is best accomplished with multiple contributors.

You are encouraged to submit material to

The next issue is due out in August 2024

Here is a chronological listing of archived issues:

                       Winter 2024; Volume 1, Number 1          

                       Spring 2024: Volume 1, Number 2        


to let us know you plan to attend:
 There is no fee and you need not be a member. 
We would like to be sure to have enough food!

 FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024, 3-8PM: 


at ONANDA PARK, Gorham Lodge.  

3 PM:  Barnes Gully botany/geology walk with Bruce Gilman and  Fred Haynes

4 PM: Enjoy Onanda Park, gather with friends and check out displays at Gorham Lodge.  There will be Canandaigua Botanical Society displays as well as many organizations with information to share.

6 PM: Enjoy a light catered meal and beverages in your very own Canandaigua Botanical Society Sesquicentennial commemorative mug.

~6:45: Brief history by Kim Ferris and Pam Tichenor, Keynote by Dr. Bruce Gilman, and a look forward by Laura Ouimette 

The catered meal, and special treasures including commemorative programs and Sesquicentennial mugs will be available to all attendees**. Parking is free at the upper lots of Onanda.  Guests may drop off at Gorham Lodge before parking in upper lots or pay to park on the lakeside lots (if parking gate is charging).

Artwork by Colleen Travis


During the Canandaigua Botanical Society Sesquicentennial Celebration on Friday, June 7, 2024, we will have table space open to groups and organizations for event attendees to appreciate as we gather in Gorham Lodge at Onanda Park from 4 to 7 PM.  Please consider reserving table space or providing literature or material for us to set out to share.  We need to know what size space you would like and the number of people in your group who will attend (so we can be sure to have food and beverage for you).  Please send an email to ASAP. We may still be able to include you in the printed program.

Thursday, May 30: 10 AM to 4 PM: HUCKLEBERRY BOG

HUCKLEBERRY BOG: Thursday, May 30, 2024

Meet on Bean Station Road, Prattsburg at 10 AM

A great time of year to see: Gaywings, Tupelo tree, Mayapples, Pink Lady Slippers, Indian Cucumber root, star flower, Solomon seal, jack in the pulpit, Squawroot, wild geranium, Canada Mayflower, ferns, moss, trillium, club moss, Sarsparilla and MORE!  

This field trip is not a gentle walk, but HUCKLEBERRY BOG is well worth the time and effort of hiking almost 5 miles.  There is a "good 1/2 mile hill" which we will go up to the bog then back down again to finish.

Huckleberry Bog is part of the Finger Lakes Trail system.  We will enter from Bean Station Road just about three miles east of route 53, which is over ten miles south from the village of Naples (just past Prattsburg).  Parking is available on the north side of Bean Station Road just past the entrance of the trail on the south side of the road. (see carpool note below)

There are new editions of the Nature Trail Guidebook for us to borrow as we walk around the bog.  Feel free to acquaint yourself with one here: 2023 Nature Trail Guidebook

 Please bring plenty of water and food.  Hiking poles and insect repellent might also be appreciated on this hike. 

CARPOOL INFORMATION:  Please send us an email if you are interested in carpooling.  The Sly Street parking lot will be full on a weekday so anyone interested in carpooling should meet in the far southeast corner of the parking lot between Ontario and Pleasant Street at 8:45 AM.  We will depart no later than 9 AM.

National Trails Day and Ontario Art Trails Debut - Saturday, June 1, 10 AM

 We will meet at 10 AM in the Ontario County Fairgrounds parking area and walk west along Ontario Pathways to discover the installation of Ontario County Arts Council's Ontario Art Trails. 

Native Gardens of the Canandaigua Lake House - Monday, June 10 at 10 AM

 Meet us at the Canandaigua Lake House on Monday morning, June 10th at 10 AM.  We'll enjoy a tour of the native gardens and landscaping of the Canandaigua Lake House with John Faerber.  

Address: 770 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424.   June 11th has been set as a raindate.

 No matter the season, The Lake House offers numerous ways to enhance your stay with our activities and experiences. Use our guest activities section and calendar of events to curate the perfect experience during your stay. At The Lake House we’re dedicated to bringing you the best of the Finger Lakes, including locally-made cheeses and wines, a kitchen garden, landscaping dedicated to native plants, and the best lakefront recreation opportunities.

Sesquicentennial Sponsorships

We currently have over three dozen events scheduled including field trips, community projects and our Sesquicentennial celebration on June 7, 2024.  Because of our added programs and projects, our spending will be more costly this year.

Historically we have collected member dues at our annual potluck dinner and presentation meetings in April.  Post pandemic and with the celebration of our sesquicentennial we are now requesting sponsorships and donations in lieu of membership dues for 2024. 

You are welcome to contribute in whichever way works best for you. 

·              * We will accept cash or checks in person at most Canandaigua Botanical Society sponsored events.

·                 * You may send a check to Canandaigua Botanical Society c/o Bill Bross at 31 Alpine Way, Victor, NY 14564

·              * You may make a donation using FLACE online at CNB.  Go to the FLACE link and select Canandaigua Botanical Society from the Direct your funds box. 


Some of our anticipated projects include the June 7th Sesquicentennial celebration (light meal, Sesquicentennial mugs, printed commemorative programs, native plants and keepsakes), supporting an Eagle Scout project at Lagoon Park, replenishing Plein Air supplies, native plants restoration projects, book donations to Wood Library, promoting our Sesquicentennial in the community, and more!

Thank you for your support dedicated to advancing knowledge, enjoyment and preservation of plants found in the Finger Lakes Region since 1874.  We look forward to seeing you at several of our sesquicentennial events.

White Oak Nursery Tour - Saturday, June 22 at 1 PM

Jim Engel has been providing native trees to our area for nearly 30 years.  Join us at 1 PM on Saturday, June 22 for a tour of White Oak Nursery; 4350 Kipp Road, Canandaigua, NY.   

Please send an email to if you wish to meet at the Sly Street parking lot to carpool to Kipp Road.

image courtesy of Country Folks Grower

White Oak Nursery has been propagating and growing over 80 species of native shade trees and native flowering shrubs since 1995. W.O.N. grows the majority of woody species that are native to the northeastern United States plus the best ornamental trees from around the world. This choice of species allows you to design complete landscapes entirely with native plants but also to establish complete plant communities that benefit native wildlife.

Plants in our landscapes should serve a dual purpose. Plants should not only delight and beautify our lives and yards but they should also serve their age-old function of providing food and shelter for native wildlife. Only native flora can provide the essential ingredients that native wildlife needs to survive.

Using native plants also eliminates the threat posed to natural areas by non-native and invasive plants that escape from yards and gardens

White Oak's mission is to introduce you to the full range of landscape and ecological possibilities by using native plants and make them assessable to you and the nursery/landscape industry.

Jim Engel provides important educational information on how to integrate native plants into our landscapes and at the same time provide the best habitat for native wildlife. It's a win/win combination.

Burroughs Audobon Nature Club Orientation

 Wednesday, June 26, 2024   -  6 - 7:15 PM

The Burroughs Audubon Nature Club (BANC) is an all-volunteer-led organization dedicated to promoting the natural sciences, ecology, and conservation through high-quality educational programs and field trips, regular habitat restoration activities, and nature-centered social gatherings. For over 100 years, BANC has been committed to providing its members lifelong learning opportunities about all aspects of the natural world.
This Orientation event will be at Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Pittsford, NY for new and prospective members. Learn what BANC is all about! Presentation followed by sanctuary tour.


GRIMES GLEN, Naples - Wednesday, July 17th - 10 AM

 Anthony Robarge will lead us on a walk up the gorge to the first waterfall.  Footwear that you don't mind getting wet, bug repellent and a hiking pole may be appreciated. Prepare yourself to learn about more than just plants.

Grimes Glen History:
Grimes Glen is typical of many Finger Lakes gorges that still carry runoff from the uplands down into the ice-carved valleys below. In 1882, a local resident discovered a tree fossil more than 350 million years old – a Devonian era ancestor of modern club mosses similar to those found throughout the region’s forests today. The incomplete fossil may be seen at the New York State Museum in Albany.

In 2008, the Land Trust purchased 32 acres within this spectacular gorge from Naples native Don Braun. Grimes Glen had a long history of public access under Braun’s stewardship. Shortly after the purchase, FLLT transferred title to Ontario County, who manages the land as a public park, subject to a conservation easement held by FLLT.

Grimes Glen is on the south side of Naples.  Turn right off Main Street Naples onto Vine Street.  Grimes Glen will be at the end of Vine Street.

Please send an email to if you wish to carpool.  We will meet at 9 AM in the southeast corner of the large parking lot between Ontario and Pleasant Streets (near the railroad tracks). 

Ganondagan State Historic Site, Wednesday, July 24 at 10 AM

 Charles Ippolito of the Finger Lakes Environmental Field Office at Ganondagan State Historic Site will lead us through a morning of adventure at Ganaondagan!  Meet at the smaller red building at 6982 Co. Rd. 41, Victor, NY.

 Please send an email to if you wish to carpool.  We will meet at 9:15 AM in the southeast corner of the large parking lot between Ontario and Pleasant Streets (near the railroad tracks).