Rochester Events

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updated on 09/01/2022

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 Do you like to dig in the dirt, smell the roses, learn about the birds and bees, take a walk in the park, eat, drink, and be merry, or live in Webster? Then the Country Gardeners of Webster would 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 out.

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. St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Ave. Honeoye Falls, NY. Public welcome. Sept. 11: Planting Native Plants for Pollinators by Maureen Dunphy. Oct. 9: What to do in the garden in fall, speaker TBA. 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. October 12: Putting The Garden To Bed with Master Gardener Ken Harbison. November 9: The History of Gro-Moore Farms with Jack Moore. 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 6:30pm at the Chili Community Center, 3237 Chili Ave., 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 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

BGC: Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, Fairport 14450. 585-424-4476; broccolotreeandlawn.com.

CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585-343-3040, ext. 132; 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/swaps.
T Indicates garden tours.
O Indicates online event.

S September 11, 25 and October 2, 9, 16: Community Garage Sales and Superfleas, 7am–1pm. Shoppers will discover bargains on a wide array of items—from tools to clothing; home décor to sporting goods; vintage collectibles to artwork—there’s something for everyone! For vendor application and event details visit Cityofrochester.gov/garagesales RPM

September 12: Foodlink’s Festival of Food, 6–9pm. Foodlink’s Festival of Food is one of the region’s largest and more diverse tasting event—more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries, and specialty food purveyors at the Rochester Public Market. For details and tickets visit foodlinkny.org/foodlinks-festival-of-food-returns-tickets-on-sale-now/ RPM

September 15: Invasive Plants in New York Gardens, 6:30–7:30pm. What is an invasive plant? What are New York State’s regulations for invasives? What invasives am I likely to find as weeds in my garden and how can I control them? Learn the answer to these questions, discover what common garden and landscape plants are considered invasive, and get suggestions for native plants to replace them with. Register at website. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County,2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. 585-753-2550; monroe.cce.cornell.edu. 

S September 16, 17, and 18: The Sad Little (and Big) Plant Sale. It’s almost time once again for the annual Sad Little (and Big) Plant Sale where they rummage through the nursery finding all manner of plants that would like to find a new home. Every day they pull items from all over the nursery, both big and small, and price them to sell. Great deals on plants that might need just a little loving care or are the last ones of that particular variety hanging out here at the nursery. Oriental Garden Supply, LLC, 448 W. Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534. Sale during normal business hours–see website orientalgardensupply.com.

S September 17–18: Rochester Dahlia Society Show and Sale, Saturday 1–5pm and Sunday 9–11am. The show and sale will be held at Bristol’s Garden Center, Route 96 in Victor. Dahlia arrangements for sale $7 a piece. 

S September 17: Fall Garden Gala, 10am–1pm. Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners for their annual Fall Garden Gala. Plant sale featuring a selection of perennial plants and houseplants, Chance Auction and free soil pH testing. CCE/GC

September 17: Create a Natural Fall Wreath, 10–11:30am. Come have some fun with Jeanine “J” Fyfe using local dried flowers and grasses to create one of a kind wreathes. $25/person BGC

September 18: Artist Row at the Public Market, 10am–4pm. Friends of the Rochester Public Market present the annual juried art show, featuring dozens of renown, and up-and-coming artist at the Market, plus food trucks, live music, family activities, and more. Artist applications and event details available at artistrowrochester.com/application. RPM

September 23,24–25: Flowers and Foliage, 9am–3pm. The annual fall event at the nursery featuring beautiful native plants for sale so you can get a jumpstart on planting this fall to enjoy next year plus autumn decorations, seed collecting demonstrations, and guided tours of the property. The popular seed discovery game will be back this year and bring the kids to enjoy the leaf rubbing station. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer questions and give consultations for your landscape. Amanda’s Garden, 8030 Story Rd, Dansville, NY 14437. 585-750-6288; amandasnativeplants.com.

September 24: Leaf Sand Casting, 10–11:30am. Join “J” in making a sand casting from hosta or similar leaves to serve as a small bird bath or tray. Will need to return 2 days later after product dries. $25/person. Repeats October 15. BGC

F September 24: Fun on the Farm, 11am–4pm. An educational agricultural event for all ages. Agricultural products to sample. FaBa Farm/Knopf Family Farm, 2910 Cooley Rd, Canandaigua, NY, 14424. Free event. See ontariocountyfunonthefarm.com for details.

October 1: Learn How to Make Hypertufa, 10–11:30am Make beautiful garden containers that will last for years with the wonderful Hyper Tufa technique. Each student creates their own pot to take home. $25/person BGC

October 1: Every Family Outside: Storytellers Circle and Hike at Bare Hill, 10am–12pm. Join the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association at Bare Hill Unique Area for a traditional Storyteller’s Circle, delivered by interpreters from Ganondagan Seneca Art & Cultural Center. Attendees will hear about the legend of Bare Hill and other important aspects of Hodinohso:ni’ life. Bare Hill, 5950 Van Epps Rd, Rushville, NY 14544. Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court St. Ithaca, NY 14850. 607-275-9487, fllt.org.

October 1: 12th Annual Fall Garden Symposium, 10am–3pm. “Sustainable Gardening: Grow a Greener, Low Maintenance Landscape with Less Resources” with Vincent Simeone. With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, Sustainable Gardening lets you put your best foot forward in creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. From composting and mulching to planting trees. Lunch provided. Pre-purchase tickets online through 9/27. $30/General, $25/Members. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 250 Gibson St, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585-394-4922; sonnenberg.org. 

F October 1–2: Hilton Apple Fest, 10am–5pm Saturday, until 4:30pm Sunday. This free festival is filled with seasonal apple delights, shopping, car show, and activities. See the website more on activities planned, location, and parking. hiltonapplefest.org

O October 6: Garden Talk: Harvest of Apples, 12–12:45pm. This program will explain which apples to use for eating, dehydrating, freezing, baking or which make the best pies, as well as which are the best for long term storage plus learn how to prepare apple butter using your microwave or slow cooker. Bring your lunch to the Genesee CCE office. Register to attend in-person at 585-343-3040, x101 or register for your Zoom link at website. Free. CCE/GC

F October 22, Environmental Fair, 10am–2pm. Free event hosted by the Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board featuring the educational displays and all-ages activities of a variety nature and conservation related organizations. More info at townofcanandaigua.org or email kim@upstategardenersjournal.com. Town of Canandaigua Highway Garage, 5440 RTE 5&20 West, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 

October 22: 3 Black Cats from Reclaimed Wood, 10–11:30am Using reclaimed wood provided, paint 3 black cat silhouettes. Apply googly eyes, washers, buttons, etc. for eyes. Add a finishing touch with twine or raffia for whiskers and you have a perfect grouping to display for Halloween. All materials provided but you can add your own. $25/person BGC

October 29: Cema-Terrarium, 10–11:30am Use materials provided to make a cute or spooky terrarium with a graveyard theme. It’s scary how easy it is! $25/person BGC

F October 30: Halloween at the Market, 4:30–7pm. On Halloween Eve, kids and families will get an extra opportunity to dress up, trick-or-treat, and enjoy tons of interactive activities and performances by over 60 local community organizations! Vendor sheds at the market will be filled with non-profit agencies to trick-or-treat from, plus live performances, interactive activities, hay rides, arts and crafts, and much more! Non-profit organizations or businesses serving Kids and families are welcome to join in the fun. See cityofrochester.gov/markethalloween for details. RPM

O November 3: Garden Talk: Holiday Swags and Bows, 12–12:45pm. Learn how to make festive swags and bows for the upcoming holiday season. Bring your lunch to the Genesee CCE office. Register to attend in-person at 585-343-3040, x101 or register for your Zoom link at website. Free. CCE/GC

November 5: Pressed Fall Flowers, 10–11:30am Create an 8” X 10” glass framed piece of art with artsy and fun fall flowers. Learn how to layer natural dried cuttings to make a beautiful wall hanging. Bring any embellishments like script, verses, or other additions to make it unique and personal. $25/person BGC

November 12: Create a Grapevine Wreath, 10–11:30am Come have some fun with Jeanine “J” Fyfe using local dried flowers and grasses to create one of a kind wreathes. $25/person BGC

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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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