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. 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, March–December, at 6:30pm, 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. 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 website 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;;



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


• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S- Indicates plant sales.
T- Indicates garden tours.

S- May 13: Trinity Plant Sale, 9am–12pm. Plant selection includes perennials, annuals, house plants and herbs. Also available will be tools, bird houses and other gardening and yard items plus two varieties of manure: Black Gold, aged, composted horse manure and Inca Gold, from a local alpaca farm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 106 Chapel Street, Fayetteville.

T- May 14: Mother’s Day Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill Gardens, 11am–4pm. Stroll over 35 acres of themed gardens that include diverse statuary, koi ponds, stonework, a formal garden, a hedge maze and more. Most recently, the owners have planted over 10,000 trees and shrubs, turning the land surrounding the garden into one of New York State’s largest privately held bird sanctuaries. Rain or shine. No pets. $12; children 8 and under free. 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. BWNC

S- May 20: Plant Sale – Onondaga County Master Gardeners, 9am–1pm. Locally grown natives, perennials, herbs, vegetables and annuals. Beaver Lakes Nature Center, 8477 Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Onondaga County. 315/424-9485;

June 2: iMapInvasives Training – Finger Lakes Region. Learn how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators and natural resource professionals who help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and control efforts. Beginner and advanced levels. Free. Registration required. Binghamton.

S- June 2–4: Native Plant Sale & Garden Festival, Friday, 4–7pm; Saturday, 9am–3pm; Sunday, 11am–4pm. Native plants, perennials, flowers, shrubs, trees, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets. Shop nature-inspired gifts by local artisans. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Garden talks, café, raffle. BWNC

• June 3: Container Gardening Workshop, 10–11am. Participants will mix soil and plant up a “Salad Bowl” garden to take home. Bring 15” or larger pot, gardening gloves and trowel. Ages 7 and up. $20 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. BWNC

June 14: iMapInvasives Training – St. Lawrence–Eastern Lake Ontario Region. See description under June 2. Free. Registration required. Watertown.

June 17: Herb & Flower Festival, 9am–3:30pm. Presented by Master Gardeners of Oneida County. In addition to 50 vendors, a Master Gardener booth to answer gardening questions, bake sale and food vendors there will be 8 free gardening classes throughout the day, topics will include Garden HarmonyRosesCooking with Herbs & VegetablesPollinatorsMonarch Butterflies and more. $4 donation. Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, 121 Second Street, Oriskany. 315/736-3394;

Ongoing last week of June through July: Lavender Farm & Market, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am–5pm. Pick your own lavender: over 2000 plants, 20 different varieties. Shop the Lavender Market. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369;

• S/T- 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 from 18 varieties of lavender; shop local artists, hand-crafters and the Lavender Market; culinary treats and photographic opportunities. Rain or shine. Free. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369;;

T- July 9: Lowville Free Library Garden Tour, 12–6pm. See seven private gardens in Lewis County. Includes booklet with garden descriptions and map/directions to each garden. $15. Lowville Free Library, 5387 Dayan Street, Lowville. 315/376-2131;;



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

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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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