Rochester Events

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we recommend you confirm with the host whether the event is still taking place as listed.

updated on 5/4/21

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 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.

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. 585/429-5996; may@gmail.com.

Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets the first Monday following the first Sunday of the month (September–May). Due to Covid, all meetings are virtual, see website for information. GROS is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society (AOS) and Orchid Digest Corporation. Facebook.com/geneseeorchid; 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, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls. 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.

Henrietta Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except May–August & December) at 6:30pm, Department of Public Works Building, 405 Calkins Road, Henrietta. Guests welcome. No meetings September 2020–April 2021; club status will be updated as the global community situation changes. Handicap accessible. 585/889-1547; henriettagardenclub.org. 

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; 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 HOST:

CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; genesee.cce.cornell.edu. 

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

May 8-9: Spring Wildflower Celebration, 10am-4pm, rain or shine. This is the annual spring event to enjoy spring wildflowers. Event includes beautiful native plants for sale, demonstrations, and guided tours of the property so you can see native plants in both a garden setting and in the wild. Bring the kids to enjoy coloring pages and hands-on planting stations. Scavenger hunt to save you money and knowledgeable staff on-hand to answer questions and give consultations of your landscape. Please preregister on their website. Amanda’s Garden, 8030 Story Road, Dansville. 585/750-6288; amandasnativeplants.com.

Ongoing- April 9-July 15: Greater Rochester Iris Society’s Virtual Iris Show. Take pictures of your iris in the garden and win great prizes! Contact thehutchings@mac.com or Cara at 585/266-0302 for more information. 

S- April 10-May 9: Master Gardener Lilac Sale. The Master Gardeners of Monroe County are here for your lilac needs. We are excited to announce an online only Lilac Sale this year! This will be instead of our usual sale at the Lilac Festival. These lilacs are meant for planting in the ground and make a great gift! See website for more details. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. 585/753-2550; monroe.cce.cornell.edu.

S- April 16-May 31: Native Plant Sale Online. Kick off your garden while supporting a great cause. For many years, Genesee Land Trust has worked with Amands’s Garden to bring you native plants for sale. We’re partnering with the garden center again for your native plant needs. Details at: geneseelandtrust.org/master-calendar/2021/5native-plant-sale.

T- May 8-May 23: Linwood Tree Peony Festival. RVSPs required (in advance). Masks and social distancing required. Stroll the grounds among the collection of Japanese and American tree peonies at this private garden located in the Genesee Valley. $10/adult donation. Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Linwood, NY 14486. 585/584-3913; Facebook; linwoodgardens.org.

S, Ongoing- May 9, 16, 23, 28, 30, 31, and June 6: Flower City Days at The Market, 8am–2pm. At these legendary sales, you’ll find dozens of horticultural vendors selling annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, succulents, cacti, fresh cut flowers, garden accessories, and much more. These sales are a paradise for novice and experienced gardeners who want to cultivate gorgeous ornamental and/or veggie gardens, or just decorate for spring! Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY. 585/428-6907; cityofrochester.gov/flowercitydays. 

S- May 8: Webster Arboretum 21st Annual Plant Sale, 8am-12pm. Perennials from standard to uncommon, annuals, dwarf conifers, geraniums, various garden club offerings and more. 1700 Schlegel Rd Webster, NY 14580. Masks are requested.

S,T- May 8-9: Spring Wildflower Celebration, 10am–
4pm, Rain or Shine. This is the annual spring event to enjoy spring wildflowers. Event includes beautiful native plants for sale, demonstrations, and guided tours of the property so you can see native plants in both a garden setting and in the wild. Bring the kids to enjoy coloring pages and hands-on planting stations. Scavenger hunt to save you money and knowledgeable staff on-hand to answer questions and give consultations of your landscape. Please preregister on their website. Amanda’s Garden, 8030 Story Rd., Dansville, NY 14437. 585/750-6288; ellen@amandasnativeplants.com; amandasnativeplants.com.

S- May 14: Bloomfield Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 11am-4pm. Bloomfield Garden Club will hold its 47th annual plant sale! Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and a Garden Shed sale. Contact 585/924-8035 or see Facebook for details.

S- May 15: Spring Garden Gala, 10am-1pm. Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners for their Spring Garden Gala. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants (most grown by MGs), Chance Basket Auction, & used garden book sale. You may drop off soil samples for free pH testing. Plant sale starts promptly at 10:00 am. No early birds please. Social distancing will be in effect. Please wear a mask. Contact information will also be collected. CCE/GC

May 20: Hell-Strip Plantings, 12-1pm. The hell-strip, that area between the street and sidewalk, is a challenge to many gardeners.  Learn how to transform yours into a welcoming garden. Free. Register for your Zoom link at genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events. CCE/GC

S, T-May 20-June15: Styers Peonies Tour & Sale, 3212 Sutton Rd, Geneva, NY 14456. 610/616-3839.

S- May 22: Henrietta Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am-4pm or until sold out. Rain/shine and masks required. Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road. No early birds please. Cash/credit (no Am Ex).

June 3: Garden Talk “Playing in the Dirt – Risks and Benefits,” 12-1pm. Gardening offers many health and life benefits to the gardener, but it also has its risks. Join us for a discussion on how to get the most from your gardening experience, while minimizing the risks. Free. Register for your Zoom link at genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events. CCE/GC

S- June 4-5: Creative Gardeners of Penfield’s Annual Plant Sale, 9am-4pm Friday, 9 am-12pm Saturday. Held at 107 Huntington Meadows, Rochester 14625. Plants and other gardening items will be for sale.

June 14: Garden Talk Native Plants for Butterflies, 12-1pm. We will discuss the components of a butterfly garden focusing on aspects that support a butterfly’s life cycle including nectar sources, host plant species, and shelter.  We will highlight several butterfly species endemic to western New York and the native plants that support their life cycle. Free. Register for your Zoom link at genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events. CCE/GC

T- July 3, 22, 28: Daylily Open House, 2-6pm on July 3 and 4-7pm on July 22 & 28. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Daylily Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester 14610. You may view the garden from the road or you may walk through the garden based on current Covid guidelines. Please call 585/461-3317 ahead of time if you have any questions.


SAVE THE DATE

September 11: Odyssey to Ithaca Day Trip. Join UGJ staff as we travel by motor coach to tour the Ithaca region. Highlights include a visit to Cornell Botanic Gardens; shopping at a variety of nurseries including Bakers’ Acres and Cayuga Landscape and more. 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. 

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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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