Rochester Events

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updated on 05/01/2022

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. 

Canandaigua Botanical Society meets for in-person botanical events. See website for event schedule. canandaiguabotanicalsociety.blogspot.com

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 meets the second Monday of the month (except February, July & August) at 7pm, various locations. All aspects of gardening covered, outside speakers, projects, visits to local gardens, community gardening involvement. Includes coffee and social time. Guests welcome. 585-265-4762. 

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 being held virtually and garden tours are being scheduled. 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, Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, NY 14526. Summer meetings may be garden tours Meetings are March–December. Contact j.chorder@gmail.com or 585-694-8430 for information. Facebook: Greater Rochester Rose Society.

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. 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 at 10:30am at the Spiegel Center on Lincoln Avenue in the Village of Pittsford. The club usually meets in Room 18, but ask at the desk. Masks are required at all times in the building unless requirements change. New members are always welcomed. May 21 plant sale, location TBD. Look for signs in the village.

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

FREQUENT HOSTS
CBS: Canandaigua Botanical Society, See website for event schedule and details. canandaiguabotanicalsociety.blogspot.com

CCE/MON: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. 585-753-2550; monroe.cce.cornell.edu. 

HPC: Highland Park Conservancy 180 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. 585-753-7275, markquinn@monroecounty.gov. highlandparkconservancy.org.

LDMK: Landmark Society of Western NY, 585-546-7029; landmarksociety.org.

F  Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S Indicates plant sales/swaps.
T Indicates garden tours.
O Indicates online event.

April 23–May 31: Spring at the Gallery. The spring exhibit showcases the artist’s interpretation of the excitement of the colors and promise of spring with original work that celebrates our spectacular regional scenery, as well as inspired reflections, abstractions, and imagery. Also Sunflower Silent Auction for Ukraine, April 23–May 31. Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, 71 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. 585-394-0030, prrgallery.com.

May 14: Attracting Pollinators to the Garden, 10–11am. Pollinators play an important role in native ecosystems, home gardens, and global food production. This presentation will discuss the wide range of pollinators active in our gardens and what gardeners can do to make their yard more attractive to pollinators. We will discuss a variety of native plants and provide a plant list handout. Free. CCE/MON

S May 14: Bloomfield Garden Club’s 48th Annual Plant Sale, 9am–1pm. The sale features annuals, hanging baskets and our homegrown perennials. Proceeds support many charitable and garden projects. The public is invited and sale at the Bloomfield Historical Academy Bldg, 8 South Ave, Bloomfield 14469. For more information, call Laurie O’Mara 585-406-3457. 

T May 14–15 & 21–22: Ellwanger Garden Open, 12–3pm. Come visit this historic perennial garden, designed among a framework of boxwood and pear trees, with an extensive collection of peonies, roses, iris and dozens of other species of perennials and specimen trees. A $5 donation per visitor helps maintain this historic landscape. Signs will direct you to nearby parking. 625 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester NY 14620 LDMK

S May 15–21, 22–27, 28: Rochester Dahlia Society Plant Sales. Upcoming RDS dahlia plant and tuber sales–$7/plant, $3/tuber, $25/10 tubers. May 15–21, 9am–5pm, Honor System Sale, 553 Klem Rd., Webster. Ginger and Jeff Davis. 585-402-3267. May 22–27, Honor System Sale, 754 Pinnacle Rd, Pittsford. Patti and Mat Pirtz. 585-359-0368. May 28, 8am–1pm, Market in the Park, Warner Castle, Highland Park, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. Carol DeCann. 585-319-7832. rochesterdahlias.org.

S May 19: CCE Monroe Master Gardener Lilac Sale. Weekend of the 19th. A variety of lilac shrubs in 1 and 3 gallon sizes. At the Lilac Festival. CCE/MON

T May 21: Huckleberry Bog Hike, 10 am. 5 mile hike at Huckleberry Bog/Finger Lakes Trail. Bean Station Road, Urbana State Forest. Register via email cananadaiguabotanical@gmail.com. CBS

S May 21: Annual Henrietta Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am. Sale at Tinker Nature Park, 1525 Calkins Rd, Pittsford, NY. Huge number of member-grown perennials, annuals, shrubs, succulents, herbs and various other finds, all at very reasonable prices. Arrive early for best selection. sites.google.com/site/henriettagardenclub or call 585-747-6780.

T May 21–22, 28–29, June 4–5: Tree Peony Festival. Reservations required. See website for details. Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road West, Linwood, NY 14486. linwoodgardens.org.

S May 22: Genesee Land Trust Native Plant Sale, 9am–1pm. Join Genesee Land Trust, Amanda’s Garden, and other local nurseries for our annual Native Plant Sale, at Brighton Town Hall. Kick off your garden while supporting a great cause. This event is an important annual fundraiser for Genesee Land Trust as it educates the community on the benefits of incorporating native plants in their gardens while helping to support local land conservation. Free. For more info, llalka@geneseelandtrust.org, 585-256-2130, facebook.com/events/517343503070741 GLT

May 26: Vegetable Gardening, 6:30–7:30pm. This seminar covers the key factors that contribute to a successful vegetable garden, the top ten vegetables in a home garden and a variety of gardening concepts such as succession planting, crop rotation, composting and extending the growing season. Free. CCE/MON

May 28: Market in the Park, 8am–1pm. Vendors on site to offer a variety of unique plants and garden art. Enjoy tours of the Warner Castle Gardens. Listen to mini talks on garden topics. Visit the Ask a Master Gardener booth with your questions. Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY. CCE/MON

June 2: Garden Talk “Playing in the Dirt: Risks and Benefits,” 12–12:45pm. Gardening offers many health and life benefits to the gardener, but it also has its risks. Bring your lunch to the Genesee CCE office (420 E. Main St, Batavia). Register to attend in-person at 585-343-3040 x101, OR register for your Zoom link at genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events. Free. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; genesee.cce.cornell.edu. 

S June 3–4: Creative Gardeners of Penfield Annual Plant Sale/Garage Sale/Raffle, 9am–4pm Saturday, 9am–12pm. 107 Huntington Meadow, Rochester NY (Between Panorama Trail and Clark Roads). For info, 585-385-2065.

June 4: Manchester Gateway Trail 10th Anniversary, 10am–4pm. CBS booth and walks. CBS

June 4: Odyssey to Ithaca Day Trip. Join UGJ staff as we travel by motor coach to tour the Ithaca region. Lunch included. $85. Registration required. Please call to reserve your seat: 716/432-8688; 585-591-2860. Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 1501 East Avenue, STE 201, Rochester, NY 14610. upstategardenersjournal.com. 

S June 11: Master Gardener Plant Sale 2022, 9am–2pm. This annual plant sale is the CCE’s largest community event and fundraiser each year. The plant sale will be held at the CCE-Monroe office and will have many varieties of plants for your garden. All sale proceeds go directly toward CCE-Monroe programming. The sale includes a variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs. A selection of houseplants is also available. CCE/MON

June 11: Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, 9:30am–3:30pm. Annual Expo at Mendon Ponds Park beach area, 95 Douglas Rd Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. The Outdoor Expo offers a day of learning opportunities to enhance your enjoyment for outdoor recreation on both land and water. Participate in workshops for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, bicycling and many other related outdoor skills. adk-gvc.org

T June 11: Early Summer Tree Tour, 9–10:30am. Join Susan Maney, Monroe County Parks Dept. Horticulturist, for an early summer tree tour in Highland Park. Tour will focus on the later blooming trees and shrubs, venturing into lesser known areas of the park. Be prepared for hilly, off-trail walking. Registration required. HPC

T June 11–12: Peony & Rose Weekend at Ellwanger Garden, 12–3pm. 625 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester NY 14620 LDMK

June 16: Attracting Pollinators to the Garden, 6:30pm–7:30pm. See May 14 event for details. CCE/MON

T June 17: Solstice Tour, 7:30–9pm. Join Cornell horticulture educator and researcher Brian Eshenaur for a Summer Solstice Twilight Tour in the Park. As we approach the longest day of the year, we’ll take advantage of the extra daylight and explore Highland Park in the evening. Registration required. HPC

June 18: Canandaigua Botanical Society Annual Picnic, 10 am. Mary Frances Bluebird Haven, 235 County Rd 9, Victor, NY 14564. CBS

T June 25: Tour Around Lagoon Park, 10 am. Tour with Jim Engel, special note of restoration efforts. Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. CBS

S June 26: Master Gardener Summer Sale, 9am–1pm. browse through gently used gardening, lawn care, and outdoor-related items. CCE/MON

T July 7, 17, 26, and August 7: Daylily Garden Open House—Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), July 7 & 26: 4–7pm. July 17 & August 7: 2–6pm. Visitors may safely walk through the garden or view the garden from the road. Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester 14610. Please call 585-461-3317 ahead of time if you have any questions.

T July 10: ABC Garden Walk 2022, 12–4pm. Stroll or bike the ABC Streets neighborhood and experience the variety of creative approaches for city front, side, and back yard spaces. The ABC Streets neighborhood is bounded by Culver Road, Park Avenue and Harvard Street. Info at abc.streets@gmail.com; abcstreets.org; 585-721-8684.

SAVE THE DATE

T July 16: Tour the Warner Castle Gardens, 10-11:30am. Enjoy a garden tour and historic overview of the Warner Castle grounds led by Milli Piccione, HPC board member. Registration required. HPC

T July 16: Canandaigua Garden Tour. Hosted by the Ontario County Historical Society. ochs.org.

T July 16: NY Flora Association, “Learn 10 Mosses,” 10am–2pm. Join us to discuss common, charismatic bryophytes that occur in most of our local habitats. To start off the day, a PowerPoint presentation will be provided to discuss the morphology, life history, and adaptive strategies of mosses while also including an overview of common genre and species that can be found locally in our region. After lunch, we will take a leisurely 2-mile walk through Ganondagan’s woodlands where we will observe and practice various field techniques that are necessary for proper moss identification. New York Flora Association, PO Box 122, Albany, NY 12201. nyfa@nyflora.org, nyflora.org, 518-250-6244.

T July 23: Daylilies in the Finger Lakes—Region 4 Summer Meeting of the American Daylily Society Garden Tours, 9am–3pm. The Finger Lakes Daylily Society (FieLDS) is hosting the summer meeting for Region 4 of the American Daylily Society (ADS). Region 4 includes ADS members from New England, New York and eastern Canada. As a major part of the event, FieLDS members open up their gardens for visitors as tour gardens. Everyone interested in daylilies is invited to visit any or all of the three tour gardens that will be open to the public. These tour gardens are: the FieLDS Daylily Garden at the Webster Arboretum, Fox Gardens in Pittsford, and QB Daylily Garden in Caledonia. Each of these gardens is a National Daylily Display Garden. Free admission.

T July 24: Maplewood Garden Walk, 10–4pm. The event will include: 21 private gardens, 4 public gardens, Maplewood Rose Garden, Maplewood Park, and Seneca Parkway. Free. See website for self-guided map, Maplewood.org. Hosted by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association of Rochester. 

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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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