Rochester Events

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updated on 11/3/21

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 the month (except in summer), 7–9pm, Messiah Church, 4301 Mount Read Blvd., Rochester. All are welcome. Meetings are on hold until further notice. Stacey Davis, 585-426-5665, stacey.davis@rit.edu, avgsr.org. 

Big Springs Garden Club of Caledonia-Mumford meets the second Monday evening of the month, September–November, January–May. New members and guests welcome. 585-314-6292, mdolan3@rochester.rr.com, Facebook.

Bloomfield Garden Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 11:45am, Veterans Park, 6910 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield. Visitors and prospective new members welcome. Marlene Moran, 585-924-8035, Facebook. 

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, Facebook, bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org. 

Conesus Lake Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (April–December) at 7pm, Watershed Education Center, Vitale Park, Lakeville. Welcoming new members. Contact Rosemary Fisher, 716-983-8630.

Country Gardeners of Webster Do you like to … dig in the dirt; smell the roses; learn about the birds and the bees, take a walk in the park; eat, drink, and be merry; live in Webster? Then the Country Gardeners of Webster wouild love to have you join them! They meet the second Monday of the month. Contact Elaine at 585-350-8270 to try this fun-loving club on.

Creative Gardeners of Penfield meets the second Monday of the month (except July & August) at 9:15am, Penfield United Methodist Church, 1795 Baird Road, Penfield. Visitors welcome. Call 585-385-2065 or email 09green17@gmail.com if interested in attending a meeting. 

Fairport Garden Club Member club of Federated Garden Clubs of NY State. Meets 3rd Thursday evening of the month (except January & August), members’ homes. Educational topics through speakers, workshops or local tours. Accepting new members. fairportgc@gmail.com, fairportgardenclub.com.

Finger Lakes Daylily Society members garden in west-central NY, covering an area from Batavia to Syracuse and the Southern Tier. Meetings are held in Rochester or the Canandaigua area. There are generally four regular Saturday meetings held in February, March, May, and September. Visitors and prospective new members are welcome to attend. Contact Deb Lawrence for information, binxers1@yahoo.com.

Garden Club of Brockport meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, Jubilee Church, 3565 Lake Road, Brockport. Speakers, hands-on sessions. Georgie: 585-964-7754, georgietoates@yahoo.com.

Garden Club of Mendon meets the third Tuesday of the month, 10am–1pm, Mendon Community Center, 167 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls. Work on community gardens and gather new ideas in a casual, social environment. 585-624-8182, joanheaney70@gmail.com.

Garden Path of Penfield meets the third Wednesday of the month, September–May at 7pm, Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. Members enjoy all aspects of gardening; new members welcome. gardenpathofpenfield@gmail.com.

Gates Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month (except July & August) at 6:30pm, Gates Town Annex, 1605 Buffalo Road, Rochester. New members and guests welcome. 585 247-1248, scece6@yahoo.com.

Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets the first Monday following the first Sunday of the month. The meeting on November 8 will be an in-person orchid auction at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Brighton. Meetings in December, January, and February will be virtual. It is likely that meetings from March–May will be in person at the JCC. Please see the website for information, 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. 585-889-7678, sebuckner@frontiernet.net, geneseevalleyhosta.com.

Greater Rochester Iris Society (GRIS) meets Sundays at 2pm, dates vary. September 12: Iris Society meeting, 2 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Ave. Honeoye Falls, NY. Public welcome. 585-266-0302, thehutchings@mac.com. 

Greater Rochester Perennial Society (GRPS) meets the first Thursday of each month at 7pm, Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1200 South Winton Road, Rochester, except in summer when it tours members’ gardens. Lectures & garden tours on pause; see website or Facebook for updates. cap704@frontiernet.net, Facebook, rochesterperennial.com.

Greater Rochester Rose Society meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Room 110, Rochester. July meeting is a garden tour. 585-694-8430, rochrosesociety@gmail.com, Facebook.

The Henrietta Garden Club meets the 2nd Wednesday, except May–Aug and Dec at 6:30pm in the lower level of the Henrietta Town Hall, 475 Calkins Rd. January 12 meeting will feature Master Gardener Suzanne Feather with “Houseplants.” Guests are welcome for a free visit. Handicap accessible. sites.google.com/site/henriettagardenclub/ or call 585-747-6780.

Holley Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 7pm, Holley Presbyterian Church. 585-638-6973. 

Hubbard Springs Garden Club of Chili meets the third Monday of the month at 7pm, Chili Senior Center, 3235 Chili Avenue, Rochester. dtoogood@rochester.rr.com. 

Ikebana International Rochester Chapter 53 meets the third Thursday of each month (except December and February) at 10am, First Baptist Church, Hubbell Hall, 175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester. 585-301-6727, 585-402-1772, rochesterikebana@gmail.com, ikebanarochester.org.

Kendall Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Kendall Town Hall. 585- 370-8964.

Klemwood Garden Club of Webster meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm (except January & February) in members’ homes or local libraries. Accepting new members. 585-671-1961.

Lakeview Garden Club (Greece) meets the second Wednesday of the month (except January & February) at 7pm, meeting location varies depending on activity. Meetings may include a speaker, project or visits to local garden-related sites. New members always welcome. Joanne Ristuccia, rista1234@gmail.com. 

Newark Garden Club meets the first Friday of the month at 1pm, Park Presbyterian Church, Newark. Guests are welcome.

Pittsford Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month (except January & February) at 10:30am, Spiegel Community Center, 35 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford. Guest speakers and off-site tours. New members welcome. kwhultz@gmail.com. 

Rochester Dahlia Society meets the second Saturday of the month (except August & September) at 12:30pm, Trinity Reformed Church, 909 Landing Road North, Rochester. Visitors welcome. Meetings currently on hold. See website for up-to-date information concerning meetings & shows. 585-865-2291, Facebook, rochesterdahlias.org.

Rochester Herb Society meets the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January, February & July) at 12pm, Potter Memorial Building, 53 West Church Street, Fairport. Summer garden tours. New members welcome. rochesterherbsociety.com. 

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 7pm, location varies depending on activity. Meetings may include a speaker, project or visit to local garden-related site. Monthly newsletter. New members welcome. Meetings are currently cancelled; contact Bonnie Arnold with any questions. Bonnie Arnold, 585-230-5356, bonniearnold@frontiernet.net. 

Stafford Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (except December & January) at 7pm, Stafford Town Hall, 8903 Morganville Road (Route 237), Stafford. Plant auction in May. All are welcome. 585-343-4494.

Victor Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except January & February) at 6:30/6:45pm. New members welcome. Meeting and location details: victorgardenclubny2.com, 585-330-3240.

Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects and free monthly lectures to educate the community about gardening. Open to all. 315-524-4204, grow14589@gmail.com, grow-thewilliamsongardenclub.blogspot.com. 


CLASSES / EVENTS

 F Indicates activities especially appropriate for  
 children and families.

 S Indicates plant sales.

 O  Indicates online event.

November 11: Year-round Indoor Salad Gardening, 6:30–7:30pm. $5/person. Learn how to grow fresh, nutritious salad sprouts throughout the winter months. These sprouts are grown in soil and include sunflower, radish, buckwheat, pea, and broccoli. They are grown for the stem and seed leaf unlike typical sprouts which are grown for root, stem, and seed leaf in jars. All supplies will be provided. A salad made with sprouts will be available to sample. To register call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number. Fee $5.00. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-3977 x427; nea8@cornell.edu; cceontario.org.

November 14: Yoga in the Pines, 1pm. Take your yoga practice into the great outdoors – in the majestic red pines of the Cumming Nature Center. In this unique and powerful experience, you will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation in a sacred and serene setting. Details and registration on website. $18/person. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples NY 14512. 585/374-6160, rsmc.org.

 O  November 17, Dwarf Conifer Program, 7pm. Garden Communicators International is offering a Zoom program with Ted Hildebrant of Coldwater Pond Nursery (Phelps, NY). Hildebrant, member of Dwarf Conifer Society, will discuss propagation, care, and conifer species for our region. Garden Comm welcomes all gardening influencers: writers, bloggers, master gardeners, podcasters and professionals in the industry. To attend (free) please send your e-mail to Charlie Nardozzi (cnardozzi124@gmail.com) who will forward the link for the program.

November 17: Horticulture for Mind and Body: Nature Décor, 6–7pm. Using natural objects as home decoration, project: DIY garland. Fee Sliding Scale, pre-payment on website. For details and registration see orleans.cce.cornell.edu/events/2021/02/24/horticulture-for-mind-and-body. 

 F   S   November 28, December 5, December 12, December 16: Holidays at the Market, 8am–2pm except for the special evening event on December 16 which is 6–9pm. A Rochester holiday tradition for over 25 years, Holidays at the Market features dozens of holiday-focused vendors (fresh-cut trees and wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and beverage products, hand craft items, and much more!) The Market will be decked out in holiday lights, festive music, and have limitless local shopping and unique gift items. This year, Santa and the horse-drawn carriage rides are back from 9am–2pm. There will be a virtual holiday scavenger hunt that is fun for the whole family. Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY. 585-428-6907, cityofrochester.gov/flowercitydays.  

November 29: Starting Seeds Indoors/Raised Bed Gardens, 6:30–7:30pm. Learn the key steps to ensure a successful vegetable garden as well as cover planting and harvesting techniques. Topics include best practices for indoor seed starting; how to transition seedlings from indoor to the raised bed garden; advantages of raised bed gardening; and vegetables to start indoors. Free. Register at website. Held at the Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue, Brockport, NY. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. 585/753-2550; monroe.cce.cornell.edu.

 O  December 2: Garden Talk – Gifts from the Kitchen, 12pm. FREE.  Join our Master Food Preserver as she demonstrates some wonderful ideas that you can use this holiday season. Register for your Zoom link at genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585-343-3040, genesee.cce.cornell.edu. 

 F  December4–5, December 11–12: Christmas Open House, 11am–3pm. Bring your family to visit Santa, pick out your Christmas tree together and decorate your home for the holidays! Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor, NY. 585/924-2274; customerservice@bristolsgrdencenter.com; Facebook; bristolsgardencenter.com.

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Kathy May 19, 2021 at 8:21 am

Just double checking:
Your info for the Penfield plant sale on June 4&5 states it’s held on a Saturday and Sunday- but the calendar dates are actually a Friday and Saturday.
What are the correct days? Thanks!

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cathym May 20, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Hi Kathy-
I just double checked and the sale dates are indeed Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5. I will update the listing.

Thanks for reading!
Cathy

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Judy Conley February 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Hello, are these current events for 2016?

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