Syracuse Events


African Violet Society of Syracuse meets the second Thursday of the month, September–May, Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Road, North Syracuse. 315/492-2562;;

Bonsai Club of CNY (BCCNY) usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Road, North Syracuse. April 12: Eastern White Cedar Workshop with Mark Arpag. May 10: Azalea Workshop with Dave Paris. September 9–10: Annual Show, Liverpool Public Library. 315/436-0135;

Central New York Orchid Society meets the first Sunday of the month, September–May, St. Augustine’s Church, 7333 O’Brien Road, Baldwinsville. Dates may vary due to holidays. 315/633-2437;

Gardening Friends Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm, March–December, Wesleyan Church, 4591 US Route 11, Pulaski. 315/298-1276; Facebook: Gardening Friends of Pulaski, NY;

Gardeners of Syracuse meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30pm, Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Avenue, Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Avenue. 315/464-0051.

Gardeners in Thyme (a women’s herb club) meets the second Thursday of the month at 7pm, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville. 315/635-6481;

Habitat Gardening Club of CNY (HGCNY) meets the last Sunday of most months at 2pm, Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool. HGCNY is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes; Meetings are free and open to the public. March 26: Working with Native Perennials to Build More Sustainable Landscapes. April 30: Native Wildflower Restoration Project. (see calendar, below) 315/487-5742;

Home Garden Club of Syracuse usually meets the first Tuesday morning of the month. Members are active in educating the community about gardening, horticulture & floral design and involved with several civic projects in the Syracuse area. New members welcome.;

Koi and Water Garden Society of Central New York usually meets the third Monday of each month at 7pm. See web site for meeting locations. 315/458-3199;

Syracuse Rose Society meets the second Thursday of every month (except December) at 7pm, Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Avenue, Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Avenue. Club members maintain the E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden, Thornden Park, Syracuse. Public welcome.

Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects; free monthly lectures to educate the community about gardening. Open to all. 315/524-4204;;



Frequent Host:

BWNC: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108. 315/673-1350; Facebook;


• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.

March 26: Working with Native Perennials to Build More Sustainable Landscapes, 2pm. Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden Native Perennial Nursery. Hosted by Habitat Gardening Club of CNY. Free. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool.

April 1: Spring Gardening Seminar – Beauties, Beasts and Shadies, 9am–12pm. Garden speaker and author Jessica Walliser will present Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden and Shade Gardens and Plants. Presented by Men and Women’s Garden Club of Syracuse. $40 members; $45 non-members. Justin’s Tuscan Grill, 6400 Yorktown Circle, East Syracuse. 315/428-8256;

April 22: Earth Day Habitat Restoration Service Project, 9am–12pm. Lend a hand in the removal of exotic plant species and restoring native plant communities that will better support wildlife. BWNC

• April 22: Earth Day Celebration, 1–4pm. Guided nature walks, crafts, info booths on home energy & recycling and a live performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Free. BWNC 

April 22–23: Wildflower Walk, 2–3pm. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a walk to see what is in bloom. Donations appreciated. BWNC

April 29–30: Wildflower Walk, 2–3pm. See description under April 22–23. Donations appreciated. BWNC

April 30: SUNY ESF Native Wildflower Restoration Project, 2pm. Greg McGee, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, will discuss his native wildflower restoration project, investigating why native wildflowers did not seem to grow in areas that had been used as farmland. Hosted by Habitat Gardening Club of CNY. Free. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool.

• May 14: Mother’s Day Garden Tour. Sycamore Hill Gardens, Marcellus. Proceeds benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center. BWNC



June 2–4: Plant Sale & Garden Festival. BWNC

• June 24: Summer Solstice Garden Tour & Plant Sale, 11am–4pm. Stroll the grounds at Sycamore Hill Gardens, Marcellus. Live music, yoga lessons, refreshments available for purchase. Picnicking encouraged. Proceeds benefit Central New York Land Trust. $6 advance; $12 gate. Facebook;

July 8–9: Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, 9am–5pm. Pick your own bouquet from18 varieties of lavender; shop local artists, hand-crafters and the Lavender Market; culinary treats; photographic opportunities. Rain or shine. Free. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369;;

September 9–10: Bonsai Show. Presented by Bonsai Club of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool. 315/436-0135;

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Omolino July 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I have been trying you contact the AVSOF in Syracuse via email and I am not having any success. please advise if their web address is changed
I have just a few African violet plants that, up until just recently, have been a wonderful part of my home color. The past couple of months I have noticed some tiny, white sawdust looking stuff in the leaves and they just don’t seem to be flowering as lovely as before.

Could you please tell me what this is, is it some type of mite/disease and what should I do about it. I just love watching these plants flower, especially in the Winter months. It adds such sunshine to my days.

Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated.


janem August 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi there!
Here is the African Violet Society’s website:
It does sound like mites. I have very little experience with AVs but I know they are prone to cyclamen mites. If I were you I’d get a hold of the people at the Violet Barn. They will probably be able to help.
Thank you!


Linda Arthur February 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

I have a “Save The Date” from Skaneateles Garden Club

“Village Cottage Gardens”
Saturday, June 27th Rain or Shine 10 am – 4pm
Walking Tour of Five (5) Village Gardens
Advance sale tickets $13.00 can be purchased at National Gifts in Skaneateles and Chocolate Pizza in Marcellus or $15.00 day of show. There will be a Garden Boutique at The Allyn Arena in Skaneateles. More details to come on Skaneateles Garden Club Facebook Page


Grace Maxon-Clarke April 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

May 1st – 3rd : Designing Edible Ecosystems at SUNY Oswego (Oswego,N.Y.) with Ecologists and Author, Dave Jacke. For more information and to register go to or

Thanks for sharing :)


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