Rochester Events

updated on 1/19/2023


7th District Federated Garden Clubs New York State, Inc. meets the first Wednesday of the month.

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,, 

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,, 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, 

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

Conesus Lake Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (April–December) at 7pm, Chip Holt Nature Center, Vitale Park, Lakeville. Welcoming new members. Contact Dottie Connelly, 585-703-1748.

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 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.,

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,

Garden Club of Brockport meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7pm, Jubilee Church, 3565 Lake Road, Brockport. Learn gardening tips from knowledgeable speakers, make garden ornaments through our hands-on classes and explore beautiful local gardens. For more info call or email Kathy, 585-431-0509 or

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,

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.

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,

Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets the first Monday following the first Sunday of the month. 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,

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,,

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. 585-266-0302, 

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., Facebook,

Greater Rochester Rose Society meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm on Zoom Jan., Feb., and Mar. Email for meeting link. Questions: 585-694-8430. 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. 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. 

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,,

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, 

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,

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. 

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:

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, 

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:, 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,, 


CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585-343-3040, ext. 132;

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

CCE/ONT: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-3977 x427;;

CUMNG: Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples NY 14512. 585/374-6160, 


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

O January 17: Agritourism Workshops Monthly Virtual Series, 12pm–1pm. As the public interest in in sustainability and local agriculture grows, it offers farmers with opportunity to capture this desire and expand their operations to develop ‘destination’ farms. See website for schedule and registration. Free. CCE/MON

January 21: Gardener’s Favorite, 10–11am. Let’s talk vegetables from planting to harvest. The master gardeners are back at CountryMax. And they’ll show you how to prep for your best veggie growing season yet. Free. Registration at website. CCE/MON

F January 21: Exploring Woods, 10am. Be a woodland voyager on this family-friendly, hands-on hike as we discover, explore, and enjoy the wonders, magic and life in the winter woodlands.$4/general.Similar walks take place every Saturday through March 11. See website for full schedule. CUMNG

January 23: House Plant Care, 2:30–3:30pm. Learn how to choose the best plants for your home and how to keep them happy and healthy with tips from Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Registration at website. CCE/MON

January 24: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, 5:30–6:30pm. Pollinators play an important role in native ecosystems, home gardens and global food production. Learn about the range of pollinators active in our gardens and what you can do to make your yard more attractive to them, including a list of specific plant recommendations. Free. Registration at website.  CCE/MON

January 25: Maple Syrup Beginners Workshop, 6–8pm. This workshop will provide an overview of the essential skills and knowledge needed to successfully collect sap, produce sellable Grade A maple syrup, and produce value added products. $10/family/farm. CCE/ONT

January 27: House Plant Care, 1–2pm. Houseplants are all the craze. Learn how to choose the best plants for your home and how to keep them happy and healthy while creating a stress-free environment for you. Free. Registration at website.  CCE/MON

January 31–February 16: 30-Hour Pesticide Applicator Training Course. See website for full class schedule, details, and registration. CCE/MON

February 2: Hidcote and Hever—Two English Gardens of Renown, 12–12:45 pm. Take a trip with us to England to explore these 2 wonderful gardens. Free. Register for in-person or zoom at 585-343-3040 x101 or website. CCE/GC

February 3, 4, 10, 11: Owl Moon, 4:30–8:30pm. Ever taken a night-time hike through the woods? Don’t miss out on your chance—and learn about owls along the way. Join GCV&M naturalists for a wintertime night hike and experience the outdoors as owls do. More info and purchase tickets at website. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY 14511. 585-538-6822;  

February 4–5, 11–12: Nordicfest Weekends. Warm up your winter at NordicFest Weekends. See website for details and prices. CUMNG

February 7: House Plant Care, 1–2pm. Join Master Gardener Suzanne Feather at the Mendon Public Library as she teaches us all we need to know about keeping our house plants healthy and thriving. Free. Registration at website.  CCE/MON

February 10: Succulents, 2–3pm. Succulents are fun, easy to grow and care for, and can be enjoyed indoors and out. Find out how to use succulents throughout your property. Free. Registration at website.  CCE/MON

February 11: Spring Garden Symposium, 8:30am–2:45pm. Join the folks at Extension for their 26th Annual Spring Garden Symposium, organized by a committee of Master Gardener Volunteers. $45/general CCE/ONT

F February 25: Every Family Outside: Winter Walk & Nature Exploration, 1–2:30pm. Join the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association at Cumming Nature Center in Naples for fun-filled winter learning and exploration. On this family-friendly winter hike, learn about “Animal Senses and Signs” to explore the wildlife found in our beautiful region. If there is snow for this event, we will be able to identify animal tracks. Info at Finger Lakes Land Trust website,

March 2: Garden Talk: Kitchen Gardens, 12–1pm. Kitchen gardens have been around for as long as humans have lived in communities. Join us to find out what exactly is a kitchen garden, some history, some design, and what can be planted in yours. Free. Free. Register for in-person or zoom at 585-343-3040 x101 or website. CCE/GC

March 6–April 14: Landscape Technician Training Program, 9am–3pm.Spend 6 weeks learning about the amazing field of horticulture. Interact with employers from the industry on a daily basis and gain hands-on experience. OSHA 10 Certification See website for details and registration. $1000/Series, $15/Class. CCE/MON


March 21: Composting. CCE/MON

March 23: Rochester’s Olmsted Parks. CCE/MON

April 3: Gardener’s Favorites. CCE/MON

May 22: Bulbs! CCE/MON

June 26: Shady Characters CCE/MON

{ 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!


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!


Judy Conley February 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Hello, are these current events for 2016?


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