Syracuse Events

updated on 8/28/19

REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS

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; kgarb@twcny.rr.com; avsofsyracuse.org.

Bonsai Club of CNY (BCCNY) usually meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Road, North Syracuse. 315/436-0135; lnewell1@gmail.com; cnybonsai.com.

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. October 5–6: Show & Sale, see Calendar (below). 315/633-2437; cnyos.org.

Fairmount Garden Club meets the third Thursday of the month (March–November) at 6:30pm, Camillus Senior Center, 25 First Street, Camillus. Speakers & community projects. September 19: African Violets. October 17: Make Your Own Fall Planter. All are welcome. tooley.susan@yahoo.com. 

Federated Garden Clubs NYS – District 6. October 14–16: Flower Show School – Course 4, see Calendar (below). 315/481-4005; dist6fss@gmail.com. 

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

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; hbaker@twcny.rr.com.

Habitat Gardening in CNY (HGCNY) meets the last Sunday of most months at 2pm. Northern Onondaga Public Library, North Syracuse Branch, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, N. Syracuse. HGCNY is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes; wildones.org. September 29: Botany 101 Made Interesting. October 20: Conserving Biodiversity in a Crowded World – Challenges Faced by Urban Wildlife in Syracuse. See Calendar (below) for all. Free and open to the public. 315/487-5742; info@hgcny.org; hgcny.org.

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. homegardenclubofsyracuse@gmail.com; homegardenclubofsyracuse.org.

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

Men and Women’s Garden Club of Syracuse meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm, Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Avenue, Syracuse. Meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of gardening and related topics. Members maintain gardens at Rosemond Gifford Zoo & Ronald McDonald House. Annual spring & fall flower shows. 315/699-7942; Facebook.

Southern Hills Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month, February–November, LaFayette Community Center, 2508 US Route 11, LaFayette. Some meetings are off site. Cathy Nagel, 315/677-9342; cen42085@aol.com.

Syracuse Rose Society meets the second Thursday of the 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. syracuserosesociety.org. 

CLASSES / EVENTS

July 17–18: Bus Trip to Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. Travel to Sandwich, Massachusetts, for the festival as well as a visit to Heritage Museum & Gardens with 100 acres of trees, shrubs, designed gardens and lawns. Accommodations, Dan’l Webster Inn. Includes transportation, accommodations, one lunch, one breakfast, admission to museum & festival. $370 per person, double occupancy; $499 single. Advance registration required. Ballantyne Gardens, 4825 Hopkins Road, Liverpool. 315/453-0621; ballantynegardens.com. 

September 7: CNY Tomato Fest, 11am–8pm. Vendors, including locally grown produce & flowers, live music, family activities. Donations of non-perishable food items appreciated. Free parking, city parking garage, 1 Lincoln Street, Auburn. cnytomatofest.org.

September 15: Open Gardens, 10am–4pm. Visit three private gardens in Fayetteville, Lafayette & Tully. Highlights include conifer collections, water features including ponds & waterfalls, locust pergola covered in roses & clematis, hot-colored border, large vegetable/cut flower garden, terraced gardens and troughs filled with rock garden plants. Benefits the Garden Conservancy. Rain or shine. $10 per garden; children 12 and under free. Locations: gardenconservancy.org/open-days. 

September 28: Fall Garden Seminar, 9:30am–1:30pm; doors open 9am. Seeing Seeds with Teri Dunn Chace. Great Garden Companions with Sally Cunningham. Refreshments, door prizes & discounts on speakers’ books. Presented by Master Gardeners of Onondaga County. $25. Dewitt Community Room, 148 Sanders Parkway, East Syracuse. 315/424-9485×236; reg.cce.cornell.edu/gardenseminar_231. 

September 29: Botany 101 Made Interesting, 2pm. Botanist and environmental consultant Joe McMullen will share interesting facts and distinguishing characteristics of major plant groups. Joe swears his botanical facts are sound, and that well over half of his plant related stories are actually true. Presented by Habitat Gardening in CNY. Free. Northern Onondaga Public Library, North Syracuse Branch, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, N. Syracuse. hgcny.org; ourhabitatgarden.org

October 5–6: Orchid Show & Sale, Saturday, 12–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Presented by Central New York Orchid Society. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville. Parking fee. 315/633-2437; cnyos.org. 

October 14–16: National Garden Clubs Flower Show School – Course 4. Hosted by Federated Garden Clubs of NYS, District 6 Judges Council. Location: Dewitt. Registration required. Sharon Vazquez, 315/481-4005; dist6fss@gmail.com

October 17–19: African Violet Show & Sale, Friday, 9am–5pm, sales; 12–5pm, show; Saturday, 9am–3:45pm. A Violet Jabberwocky, themes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Cameras welcome. Saturday, show room closed for judging until about 12pm. Presented by New York State African Violet Society. Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State Street, Auburn. Facebook.

October 20: Conserving Biodiversity in a Crowded World – Challenges Faced by Urban Wildlife in Syracuse, 2 pm. Dr. Jason Luscier, urban wildlife biologist at Le Moyne College, will discuss his research program addressing multiple questions pertaining to urban wildlife conservation including frogs, bats & free-roaming house cats. Presented by Habitat Gardening in CNY. Free. Northern Onondaga Public Library, North Syracuse Branch, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, N. Syracuse. hgcny.org; ourhabitatgarden.org.

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