REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
7th District Federated Garden Clubs New York State, Inc. meets the first Wednesday of the month. 7thdistrictfgcnys.org.
African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Rochester meets the first Wednesday of each month, September – June, at 7 pm, St. John’s Home, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester. All are welcome. March 1: Video Presentation on a Recent Gesneriad Convention, Mel Grice. April 5: Dog Show, bring your less than perfect plants to compete for fun categories. April 22-23: Show & Sale, Violet Gems, see calendar (below). Stacey Davis, 585/426-5665; firstname.lastname@example.org; avgsr.org.
Big Springs Garden Club of Caledonia-Mumford meets the second Monday evening of the following months: September – November, January – May. New members and guests welcome. 585/314-6292; email@example.com.
Bloomfield Garden Club meets the third Thursday of the month (except May, July & August) at 11:45 am, Veterans Park, 6910 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield. New members and guests welcome. 585/657-4489; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Belles & Beaus Garden Club (formerly Valentown Garden Club) meets the third Tuesday of each month. Victor. Contact Pat Bartholomew; 585/869-5062.
Bonsai Society of Upstate New York meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Road, Rochester. 585/334-2595; bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org.
Creative Gardeners of Penfield meets the second Monday of the month at 9:15 am (except July & August), Penfield United Methodist Church, 1795 Baird Road, Penfield. January 9: Holland’s Flower Industry and Keukenhof Gardens. February 13: Invasive Plants. March 13: Local Butterflies. April 10: New York State’s Horticultural Uniqueness. Visitors welcome. Call 585/385-2065 if interested in attending a meeting.
Fairport Garden Club meets the third Thursday evening of each month (except August and January). Accepting new members. email@example.com; fairportgardenclub.org.
Garden Club of Brockport meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm, Jubilee Church, 3565 Lake Road, Brockport. Speakers, hands-on sessions. Georgie: 585/964-7754; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Path of Penfield meets the third Wednesday of the month from September through May at 7 pm, Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. Members enjoy all aspects of gardening; new members welcome. email@example.com.
Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets every month from September through May at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, on the first Monday following the first Sunday of each month (dates sometimes vary due to holidays, etc.). GROS is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society (AOS) and Orchid Digest Corporation. April 1 – 2: Orchid Show & Sale, see calendar (below). facebook.com/geneseeorchid; geneseeorchid.org.
Genesee Valley Hosta Society meets the second Thursday of the month, April – October, at Eli Fagan American Legion Post, 260 Middle Road, Henrietta. 585/538-2280; firstname.lastname@example.org; geneseevalleyhosta.com.
Genesee Valley Pond & Koi Club meets the first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm, Adams Street Recreation Center, 85 Adams Street, Rochester, except in summer when it tours local ponds. email@example.com; gvpkc.shutterfly.com.
Greater Rochester Iris Society (GRIS) meets Sundays at 2 pm, dates vary, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls. Public welcome. 585/266-0302; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Rochester Perennial Society (GRPS) meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm, Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1200 South Winton Road, Rochester, except in summer when it tours members’ gardens. 585/467-1678; email@example.com; rochesterperennial.com.
Greater Rochester Rose Society meets the first Tuesday of the month, April through November, at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Room 110, Rochester. July meeting is a garden tour. 585/694-8430; 585/621-1115; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook.
Henrietta Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except May-August & December) at 6:30 pm, Department of Public Works Building, 475 Calkins Road, Henrietta. Guests welcome. February 8: Rick Stecher, Organic Lawn Care. March 8: Master Gardener Ken Harbison, Summer Flowering Bulbs. May 13: Plant Sale, see calendar (below). 585/889-1547; email@example.com; henriettagardenclub.org.
Holley Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Holley Presbyterian Church. 585/638-6973.
Ikebana International Rochester Chapter 53 meets the third Thursday of each month (except December and February) at 10 am, First Baptist Church, Hubbell Hall, 175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester. 585/301-6727; 585/402-1772; ikebanarochester.org.
Kendall Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Kendall Town Hall. 585/ 370-8964.
Newark Garden Club meets the first Friday of the month at 1 pm, Park Presbyterian Church, Newark. Guests are welcome.
Pittsford Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 11 am, Pittsford Public Library, Fisher Meeting Room, 24 State Street, Pittsford, except in July & August when it visits members’ gardens. 585/425-0766; BKRU888@aol.com; pittsfordgardenclub.wordpress.com.
Rochester Dahlia Society meets the second Saturday of the month at 12:30 pm, Trinity Reformed Church, 909 Landing Road North, Rochester, except July, August, September. Visitors welcome. 585/865-2291; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook; rochesterdahlias.org.
Rochester Herb Society meets the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January & February) at 12 pm, Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. June-August garden tours. New members welcome.
Rochester Permaculture Center, meets monthly to discuss topics such as edible landscapes, gardening, farming, renewable energy, green building, rainwater harvesting, composting, local food, forest gardening, herbalism, green living, etc. Meeting location and details: meetup.com/rochesterpermaculture.
Seabreeze Bloomers Garden Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, except January, at 7 pm, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 3760 Culver Road, Rochester. Some meetings feature speakers others are visits to local gardens or special events. Members receive a monthly newsletter. February 22: Speaker from The Bird House. All are welcome. Contact Suzanne Flanigan: 585/544-1356; email@example.com.
Stafford Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Stafford Town Hall, 8903 Morganville Road (Route 237), Stafford, except December and January. Plant auction in May. All are welcome. 585/343-4494.
Victor Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month except January & February at 6:30/6:45 pm. Meeting and location details at victorgardenclubny2.com or 585/721-5457. New members welcome.
CLASSES / EVENTS
CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; genesee.cce.cornell.edu.
CCE/WYC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wyoming County, 36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569. 585/786-2251; cce.cornell.edu/wyoming.
RCGC: Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620. 585/473-5130; rcgc.org.
• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
January 19: Outdoor Mushroom Production, 6:30 pm. Presentation will include how shiitake mushrooms grow, selection and sustainable harvesting of suitable logs for inoculation, inoculation techniques and timing, fruiting mushroom logs, operation scale and economics. Discussion will also include other types of mushrooms that can be easily grown outdoors and resources for mushroom growers. $10. Registration required. CCE/WYC
January 19 – June 25: Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Series. Sessions will correspond with the outdoor mushroom grower’s yearly schedule. January 19: Outdoor Mushroom Production (see above). April 15: Hands on Inoculation of Shiitake Mushrooms on Hardwood Logs. June 25: Visit a Local Commercial Shiitake Mushroom Operation. Sessions may be taken individually or as a series. Series: $40. Registration required. CCE/WYC
January 28: Seed & Houseplant Swap, 9:30 am – 12:45 pm. Winter Care for Houseplants: Carolyn Van Ness will discuss plants that do well indoors in winter, where and how to care for them, trouble-shooting, repotting and what to do with holiday plants that are starting to look a bit tired. Winter is for the Birds: Learn how to attract birds with birdbaths, feeders, houses and more in this lecture/demo with Liz Magnanti. Participants are encouraged to bring seeds and houseplant cuttings to swap. Preregistration preferred. $15. RCGC
February 7: Garden Talk – Photo Garden Tour of the Hillwood Estate, 12:15 – 12:45 pm. Experience Hillwood gardens in Washington, DC through pictures. Bring your lunch. Free. CCE/GC
February 15 – March 22: Sumi-e, or the Art of Japanese Brush Painting, 6 Wednesdays, 1 – 3 pm. Dennis Burns will introduce students to the use of Oriental tools and approaches, including control of the brush, use of the ink and simplicity as a form of beauty. Skills will be learned and incorporated with repetition and gradual progress. Entry-level course for those who have never experienced Japanese-style brush and ink painting as well as for those who would like an opportunity to continue the art form. $80 members; $95 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 16: Botany for Gardeners – The Green Plant, 6 – 9 pm. Join Carol Southby, botanist and naturalist, to explore the hidden workings of flowering plants from a gardener’s point of view. Designed for students new to botany as well as those desiring a refresher course. Topics include the structure and function of stems, leaves and roots; photosynthesis and growth; and plant adaptations to different conditions. A component of the Rochester Civic Gardener’s Certificate (see below), class may be taken separately if space allows. $40 members; $50 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 16 – April 22: Rochester Civic Gardener’s Certificate Program. Basic training for gardeners of all experience levels. Six sessions: Botany I, The Green Plant; Botany II, Flowers Fruits & Seeds; Soils; Woody Ornamentals; Perennials; Pruning. Classes may be taken individually if space allows. $189 members; $250 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 18 & February 21 – 25: RCGC Library Used Book Sale, 6 days, 10 am – 4 pm. Gently used and vintage gardening books, free seed catalogs and back issues of magazines. Open to the public. RCGC
February 21: Propagating Woody Plants, 6 – 9 pm. Ted Hildebrant will describe and demonstrate commonly used methods for making more trees and shrubs including cuttings, grafting, budding, layering and seed propagation. Includes handouts for all methods and information on supply sources. $35 members; $45 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 21 – May 9: Plant Propagation Certificate. This four-part program is designed for gardeners interested in an in-depth look at how to propagate their own plants, from houseplants, vegetables and annuals to landscape perennials, shrubs and trees, using any and all common methods. Propagating Woody Plants; Starting from Seed; Herbaceous and Softwood Cuttings; Dividing Perennials. Classes may be taken individually if space allows. $88 members; $120 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 22: Introduction to Organic Horticulture and Its Impact on Your Property, 6:30 – 8 pm. Part one of the Organic Gardening Series (see below) with Rick Stecher. $18 members; $22 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 22 – April 5: Organic Gardening Series, 4 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm.
Rick Stecher will discuss utilizing organic practices and procedures to prepare yards and gardens for the growing season. Four sessions: Introduction to Organic Horticulture and Its Impact on Your Property; An Organic Approach to Late Winter/Early Spring Garden Maintenance; Organic Lawn Care; Organic Pruning Techniques – with Consideration for the Plant’s Energy Dynamics. Participants may take all 4 classes in the series or any combination. Series: $60 members; $80 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
February 23: Botany for Gardeners – Flowers, Fruits & Seeds, 6 – 9 pm. Topics to be covered include the structure and functions of flowers; pollination, development and structure of fruits and seeds; and conditions needed for germination. A component of the Rochester Civic Gardener’s Certificate, class may be taken separately if space allows. $40 members; $50 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
• February 27: Create a Fairy Garden, 6:30 – 8 pm. Sue Lang and Joe Gallea will guide participants in creating an indoor garden to enjoy for years to come, adding to and changing the landscape over time. Includes a pot, soil, 2 plants and 1 fairy garden accessory. Children may attend for free accompanying a registered adult. Class takes place at Gallea’s, 2832 Clover Street, Pittsford. $35. Registration required. RCGC
March 2: The Importance of Invasive Plants and Strategies for Control, 7 – 8:30 pm. Instructor Jim Engel will explain the importance of invasives, how to identify them, how they threaten native plants, populations of song birds, butterflies and all types of wildlife and various strategies for efficient and effective control. $18 members; $25 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 4: RCGC Spring Symposium, 9 am – 3:15 pm. Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home: Doug Tallamy will explain how yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystem and what can be done to create living natural communities. Heavenly Plants for Hellstrips: Kerry Ann Mendez will discuss landscaping challenging sites, highlighting plants that thrive in dry shade, hot or sandy locations, wet areas and are not preferred by deer. Gardening with What We’ve Got: Christine Froehlich will share before and after images highlighting ways to evaluate an existing landscape and how to correct common problems. Nature Play for All: Rachel Edwards will highlight some of Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care’s recent designs for back yards, parks, education institutions, museums and daycare facilities created to connect adults and children to nature. $48 members; $58 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 7: Garden Talk, 12:15 – 12:45 pm. Bring your lunch. Free. CCE/GC
March 7: Starting from Seed, 6 – 8 pm. Megan Meyer will cover techniques for sowing annual, perennial and vegetable seeds; the merits of buying seed versus collecting your own; timing for indoor and outdoor plantings; and indoor seed-starting setups. Includes hands-on experience in preparing and planting seeds. Part of the Plant Propagation Certificate series, class may be taken individually if space allows. $22 members; $32 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 7: Kokedama Hanging String Garden, 6:30 – 8 pm. The art of kokedama is the cultivation of plants encased in a hanging ball of moss. Participants will make two to take home. Class takes place at Gallea’s, 2832 Clover Street, Pittsford. $50. Registration required. RCGC
March 8: An Organic Approach to Late Winter/Early Spring Garden Maintenance, 6:30 – 8 pm. Part of the Organic Gardening Series, see February 22. $18 members; $22 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 9: Perennials, 6 – 8:30 pm. Cindy Cali will discuss how to properly plant perennials, the upkeep needed for a garden that continues to be pleasing to the eye throughout the seasons and putting the right perennial in the right place. She will explain how to interpret the signs that plants give if something is wrong and how to know if appropriate pruning will create a second flush of bloom. $30 members; $40 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 11: Hands-On Grafting Workshop, 9 am – 1 pm. Ted Hildebrant and Elly Keyel will lead this workshop in which participants will learn to do their own grafting of woody ornamentals. Materials included. $35 members; $45 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
March 14: Hypertufa Workshop, 6:30 – 8 pm. Pat McCullough and Dee Marsh will guide participants in this hands-on class. Learn the basic techniques to create a unique planter for garden, porch or patio. Materials included. Class takes place at Gallea’s, 2832 Clover Street, Pittsford. $65. Registration required. RCGC
March 14: Creating a Woodland Garden – Native Perennials & Shrubs for Use in Shade, 7 – 8:30 pm. Discover the diversity of native perennials and shrubs that will grow in challenging shady spots and learn how to create natural plant communities that will provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. Instructor: Jim Engel. $18 members; $25 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
SAVE THE DATE…
March 18: Education Day, 8:30 am – 3 pm. See description under Buffalo Classes/Events (above). Classics V Banquet Center; Amherst. Registration required. CCE/EC
April 1 – 2: Orchid Show & Sale, Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Presented by Genesee Region Orchid Society. Displays, demonstrations and vendors. Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester. $7; children under 12 free. facebook.com/geneseeorchid; geneseeorchid.org.
April 15: Hands-on Inoculation of Shiitake Mushrooms on Hardwood Logs, 9 am. Session 2 of Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Series, see January 19. $30. Registration required. CCE/WYC
April 22 – 23: African Violet & Gesneriad Show & Sale, Saturday, 2 – 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm. Violet Gems. Presented by African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Rochester. Maplewood Estates, 55 Ayrault Road, Fairport. avgsr.org.
May 7 – June 4: Flower City Days at the Market, Sundays, 8 am – 2 pm; Memorial Day Weekend, Friday – Monday, 8 am – 2 pm. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union Street, Rochester. cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket.
May 13: Henrietta Garden Club Plant Sale, 9 am – 4 pm. Perennials, vegetables and annuals. Gro-Moore Farms, 2811 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta. 585/889-1547; henriettagardenclub.org.
May 20: Plant Sale – Town of Ontario Garden Club, 9 am – 1 pm. Member grown and propagated annuals, including geraniums, bushes and trees. Lodge at Casey Park, Knickerbocker Road, Ontario.
May 20: Spring Garden Gala, 10 am – 1 pm. Presented by Genesee County Master Gardeners. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants (most grown by Master Gardeners), geranium sale, chance auction, free soil pH testing. Plant sale starts at 10:00 am, auction drawing starts at 12:30 pm. CCE/GC
May 20-21; 27-28; June 3-4: Linwood Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, 9 am – 4 pm. Stroll the collection of Japanese and American tree peonies in full bloom set in the historic garden landscape, designed in the early 1900s, with an Arts and Crafts style summerhouse, walled gardens with pools and fountains, ornamental trees and an open view of the valley below. $10; $15 guided tours. Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion. 585/584-3913; Facebook; linwoodgardens.org.
June 24: Backyard Habitat Tour, 9 am – 4 pm. A self-guided tour of 8 gardens/backyard habitats in Penfield, Brighton and City of Rochester. $15. Genesee Land Trust, 46 Prince Street, Suite LL005, Rochester. 585/256-2130; firstname.lastname@example.org; geneseelandtrust.org.
June 25: Visit a Local Commercial Shiitake Mushroom Operation, 9 am. Session 3 of Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Series, see January 19. $10. Registration required. CCE/WYC
July 8 – 9: Finger Lakes Lavender Festival. Pick your own and enjoy the Lavender Market. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369; lockwoodfarm.blogspot.com.