Rochester Events

We strongly recommend you confirm with the host whether an event is still taking place as listed.

updated on 9/2/21

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.

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 (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. September 12: Iris Society meeting, 2 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Ave. Honeoye Falls, NY. Public welcome. October 10, “All About Hummingbirds” with Diane Henderson, 2pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 12 Episcopal Ave, Honeoye Falls. 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 The Henrietta Garden Club meets the 2nd Wednesday, except May-Aug and Dec at 6:30 PM in the lower level of the Henrietta Town Hall, 475 Calkins Rd. Guests are welcome for a free visit. Handicap accessible. Meeting Guests: September 8, David Weiss of the Genesee Regional Orchid Society with “Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Orchids.” October 13, Michael Warren Thomas with “Poisonous Plants.” November 10, Master Gardener Cindy Cali “What Every Homeowner Should Know about Gardening.” 585-747-6780, 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 HOSTS:

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

RPM: Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY. 585/428-6907; cityofrochester.gov/flowercitydays.  

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

 S  Ongoing: Rochester Public Market, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6am–1pm and Saturdays 5am–3pm. Harvest season features nature’s bounty at the market! Shoppers will discover vendors with fresh cut flowers and plants, fresh produce, handcrafted items, breads and cheeses, baked goods and spices, meats and cheeses and more! RPM  

Starting September 12: Fall Sky Ride, Saturdays & Sundays 12–4pm. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the Finger Lakes from the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain. See website for details and ticket prices. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585-374-6000

September 14: Therapeutic Horticulture: Preserving the Harvest, 5:30–7:30pm. Learn the basics of food preservation!  This workshop covers an overview of farm food safety and a variety of preservation methods.  Each participant will get to make and bring home herb sachets, pickled veggies, berry jam, and fresh produce to continue practicing preservation methods at home. EquiCenter, 3247 Rush-Mendon Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. 585-624-7772 or equicenterny.salsalabs.org/fall2021thworkshops/index.html

September 16: Therapeutic Horticulture: Preserving the Harvest, 2–4pm. See September 14 session for details.

September 18: The Rochester Dahlia Society Show, 1-5pm. Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 NY Rte. 96, Victor, NY.

 S  September 18: Fall Garden Gala, 10am-1pm. Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners for their annual Fall Garden Gala. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants (most grown by MGs), mum sale, basket chance Auction and free soil pH testing. Plant sale starts promptly at 10am. Chance Auction drawing starts at 12:30pm. CCE/GC

September 19: Artist Row, 10am-4pm. RPM’s annual juried art show features over 200 up-and-coming artist selling their work, plus free, live performances by local musicians, community organizations and food by Rochester food trucks! RPM

September 25–26: Flowers & Foliage, 9am–3pm. Visit our annual fall sale to get a jumpstart on planting for next year and explore our gardens at the peak of autumn color! Amanda’s Native Garden, 8030 Story Road, Dansville, NY 14437. 585-750-6288

September 28: Therapeutic Horticulture: Seed Saving, 5:30–7pm. Learn all about seed saving. Seed saving is a great way to use what’s already growing around you to prepare and share seeds for future growing seasons. Each participant will be able to collect seeds from EquiCenter Farm to take home! EquiCenter, 3247 Rush-Mendon Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. 585-624-7772 or equicenterny.salsalabs.org/fall2021thworkshops/index.html

September 30: Therapeutic Horticulture: Seed Saving, 2–3:30pm. See September 28 session for details.

October 7: Garden Talk: Winter Bird Feeding 101, 12pm. Winter bird feeding can be entertaining for you and beneficial for the birds. Join them for tips on “setting the table” for your neighborhood feathered friends. Free event. Register for the Zoom link at website. CCE/GC

October 12: Therapeutic Horticulture: Garlic & Spring-Blooming Bulb Planting, 3–5pm. Plant garlic & early season flower bulbs in fall for springtime abundance. Get your hands dirty with the EC farmers as they guide you through preparing & planting the garlic beds and how to select the best seed. Each participant will get to bring home some EC’s German White Hard Neck garlic seed stock and spring flower bulbs. EquiCenter, 3247 Rush-Mendon Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. 585-624-7772 or equicenterny.salsalabs.org/fall2021thworkshops/index.html

October 14: Therapeutic Horticulture: Garlic & Spring-Blooming Bulb Planting, 2–4pm. See October 12 session for details.

 F  October 24: Halloween at the Market, 4:30–7pm. RPM is pleased to offer a seasonal, trick-or-treating celebration at the market. Trick-or-treaters will find dozens of community organizations and non-profits set up at the vendor sheds in the market for treats, information, and activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costume! RPM

November 4: Garden Talk: Harvest of Squash, 12pm. Do you know what to do with that winter squash that found its way into your home?  Their Master Food Preserver will explain the different types of squash, how to prepare them for use, store them for later, and share a few recipes for that bountiful harvest. Free event. Register for the Zoom link at website. CCE/GC

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

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!

Reply

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

Reply

Judy Conley February 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Hello, are these current events for 2016?

Reply

Leave a Comment