Rochester Events

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updated on 3/8/20


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. April 1: Preparing Your Plants for Show. April 18: Show & Sale, see Calendar (below). 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 (except May, July & August) at 11:45am, Veterans Park, 6910 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield. Visitors and prospective new members welcome. May 16: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). Diane Nelson, 585/435-7896. 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; 

Country Gardeners of Webster meets the second Monday of the month (except Februrary, July & August) at 7pm at 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 at 9:15am (except July & August), Penfield United Methodist Church, 1795 Baird Road, Penfield. Visitors welcome. Call 585/385-2065 if interested in attending a meeting. 

Fairport Garden Club meets the third Thursday evening of each month (except August & January). Accepting new members.;

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;

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. 585/429-5996;

Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets the first Monday following the first Sunday of the month (September–December; February–May), Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester. GROS is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society (AOS) and Orchid Digest Corporation.;

Genesee Valley Hosta Society meets the second Thursday of the month, April–October, at Eli Fagan American Legion Post, 260 Middle Road, Henrietta. 585/538-2280;;

Greater Rochester Iris Society (GRIS) meets Sundays at 2pm, dates vary, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls. Public welcome. March 15: Identifying Woodpeckers. April 19: Photographing Your Garden. June 7: Annual Show, location TBA. 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. March 5: Dry-Laid Stone Walls & Stone Carving with Dan Pearl. April 2: Gardens of England and Scotland with Carol & Dave Southby.; Facebook;

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;; 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. May 9: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). Guests welcome. Handicap accessible. 585/889-1547; 

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. 

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 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. March 17: Hands-On Workshop, Gallea’s Greenhouse, fee. May 16: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). New members welcome. 

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. 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. Members receive a monthly newsletter. New members welcome. Pat: 585/342-5477; Kathy: 585/266-7791.; Bonnie: 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:; 585/721-5457.

Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects; 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; 

CCE/WC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wayne County, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY 14513. 315/331-8415;

GAL: Gallea’s Florist & Greenhouse, 2832 Clover Street (corner of Clover & Jefferson Road), Pittsford, NY 14534. 585/586-3017; 

LIN: Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road West, Linwood, NY 14486. Facebook; 

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

March 11:  Gardenscape Preview Night. Passport to Spring. Opening night party. Advance ticket required.;

F- March 12–15: Gardenscape. Passport to Spring. Garden displays, seminars, vendors. Dome Arena, 2695 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta.;

March 17: Botanic Watercolor Painting, 5 sessions, 10am–12pm. Local artist Doreen Spoor will instruct participants step-by-step through the process of creating a botanical painting. No drawing skills necessary, all levels welcome. $125. Registration required. GAL 

March 17: Kokedama String Garden, 5pm. Pat McCullough will instruct participants in creating a hanging garden encased in a ball of moss. Materials included. $50. Registration required. GAL 

March 17: Gardening on the Other Side of the World—Gardens of Vietnam, 6:30pm. Christine Froehlich will share images and talk about the different kinds of gardens and plants from her travels to Vietnam. Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester. Preregistration appreciated but not required.

F- March 24: Fairy Garden, 5pm. Pat McCullough will guide participants in creating a magical indoor garden that can be added to and changed over time. $35; children free when accompanied by an adult. Registration required. GAL 

March 27–29: Orchid Show & Sale, Friday, 1–5pm; Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Displays & vendors. Repotting service available. Presented by Genesee Region Orchid Society. Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, Eisenhart Auditorium, 667 East Avenue, Rochester. $7; children under 12 free. Facebook;

March 31: Build a Terrarium, 5pm. Pat McCullough will provide step-by-step guidance, landscaping tips and information regarding proper watering, fertilizing and light requirements. Bring your own glass container or purchase one before class; all other materials provided.  $35. Registration required. GAL 

March 31: Seed Starting 101, 6–8pm. Learn about the proper tools and timing required to grow your garden plants from seed. $10. Registration required by March 25. CCE/GC 

April 1: Create an Everlasting Wreath, 5:30pm. Amy Miller & Janet Zent will guide participants in creating an everlasting wreath using a base of salal (lemon leaf) and baby’s breath (depending on availability) to embellish with dried, fresh and/or silk floral materials. $60. Registration required. GAL 

April 2: Pesticide Applicator Training & Credit Course, Core Training, 8:15am–12:15pm; DEC Exam, 1pm. Open to those seeking Private or Commercial Category Pesticide Applicator Certification.  Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. Location: Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center Street, Room LC1, Warsaw. $20 CCE Ag enrollees; $30 non-enrollees. Advance registration & training manuals required. Don Gasiewicz, 585/786-2251×113;

April 2: Garden Talk—Get Your Garden Ready for Spring, 12:15–12:45pm. Learn some useful tips to get a good start on the gardening season. Bring your lunch. Free. CCE/GC 

April 7: Houseplants 101, 5pm. Pat McCullough will discuss repotting, fertilizing, trimming, soils, fertilizers, insect controls and tips to promote growth. Participants will re-pot a plant. Materials included. $25. Registration required. GAL 

April 7: Oh Canada!, 6–8pm. Enjoy a variety of seasons in Canadian gardens: spring tulips in Ottawa, summer in the prairies, fall in Vancouver and winter at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario. $5. Registration required by April 1. CCE/GC 

April 12–May 3: Durand Eastman Park Arboretum Tours, Sundays, 2–4pm. Guided tours presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County & Monroe County Parks. Routes will traverse moderate hills and wooded trails. Free; donations appreciated. Meet: kiosk, Zoo Road, next to park maintenance center. Contact Bob: 585/261-1665; 

April 13: Bonsai Basics, 6pm. Learn how to transplant, trim, care for and artistically landscape a bonsai. Participants will select a plant and container to transplant and take home. Materials included. $65. Registration required. GAL 

April 14: Orchid Workshop, 6pm. Pat McCullough will guide participants in transplanting an orchid to take home. She will discuss fertilizers, disease & insect control, care and maintenance. Materials included. $65. Registration required. GAL 

April 17–May 22: Botanical Drawing, 6 Fridays, 10am. Deb VerHulst-Norris will guide participants in drawing plants and flowers in accurate detail. Skills will be developed by closely observing the structure and textures of the plants and flowers. Class will explore the use of graphite pencils with colored pencil added to give depth and definition to drawings. No previous experience needed. $150. Registration required. GAL 

April 18: Sweet Potatoes & Home Grown Tomatoes, 9am–12pm. Sweet Potatoes in the Home Garden, 9–10:30am, learn how to grow sweet potatoes, either in the ground or a container, and cure them for winter use. Home Grown Tomatoes, 10:45–12pm, will cover diseases & problems and the best practices for avoiding them. $5, registration required by April 10. CCE/WC

April 18: African Violet Show & Sale, 10am–4pm. Potting clinic, 12pm. Presented by African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Rochester. Location: Solstice Senior Living, 55 Ayrault Road, Fairport. 

April 20: Deer in the Garden, 7–8:30pm. Naturalist and garden designer Carol Southby will talk about ways to cope with deer and their impact on natural areas. Discussion will include suggested plants that deer do not like and various techniques to protect favorite plants from damage. Location: Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton. Presented by Genesee Land Trust. 585/256-2130;

April 21: Hypertufa Workshop, 6pm. Learn the basic technique for making your own garden containers from this cement-based mix. Materials included. $65. Registration required. GAL 

April 22: Everybody Loves Hostas!, 6–8 pm. Learn about the different types of hostas and how to grow them. Topics covered will include diseases, division and more. $10. Registration required by April 15. CCE/GC 

April 25: Gathering of Gardeners. Garden Secrets and Shady Characters. Speakers & vendors. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Monroe County.

April 28: Basic Perennial Gardening, 6pm. Topics covered will include selecting the best perennials for a site, planning for a succession of bloom and season-long color plus soil, pest control, light and water requirements. $25. Registration required. GAL

April 29: The Power of Flowers in Your Garden, 6–8pm. Presentation will look closely at key garden elements that support the birds, bees and butterflies that pollinate gardens. $10. Registration required by April 22. CCE/GC 

May 5: Create a Container Garden of Flowers &Herbs, 6pm. Janet Zent will guide participants in planting a decorative container with a selection of herbs and flowering plants. Materials included. $50. Registration required. GAL

May 7: Garden Talk—Common Gardening Mistakes, 12:15–12:45pm.  Topics covered will include proper watering techniques, fertilizing & soil preparation. Bring your lunch.  Free. CCE/GC 

S- May 9: Wayne County Master Gardener Plant Sale, 8–11am. CCE/WC

S- May 9: Webster Arboretum Plant Sale, 8am–12pm. Perennials from standard to uncommon, annuals, dwarf conifers, geraniums, dahlias, various garden club offerings and more. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster.

S- May 9: Master Gardener Plant Sale, 9–11:30am. Presented by Ontario County Master Gardeners. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585/394-3977 x427;;

S- May 9: Henrietta Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am–4pm. Member-grown perennials, annuals, shrubs & more. Tinker Nature Park, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford. 585/889-1547;

F- May 9–10: Amanda’s Garden Wildflower Celebration, 10am–4pm. Demonstrations, guided tours of native plants in both a garden setting and the wild, native plants for sale. Hands-on planting stations & coloring for kids. Scavenger hunt. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide consultation. Rain or shine. Amanda’s Garden, 8030 Story Road, Dansville. 585/750-6288;


S- May 16: Genesee Land Trust Native Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Native trees, shrubs and wildflowers will be available for purchase. Location: Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton. Genesee Land Trust, 585/256-2130;

S- May 16: Bloomfield Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am–3pm. Annuals, perennials, herbs & hanging baskets. Bloomfield Historical Academy Bldg., 8 South Avenue, Bloomfield. 585/406-3457. 

S- May 16: Spring Garden Gala, 10am–1pm. Presented by Genesee County Master Gardeners.  Plant sale featuring indoor & outdoor plants, most grown by MGs, geraniums, chance auction & free soil pH testing. CCE/GC  

S- May 16: Pittsford Garden Club Plant Sale. Parking lot, Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street, Pittsford. 

S- May 18: Town of Ontario Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am–1pm. Casey Park Lodge, 6551 Knickerbocker Road, Ontario. 

May 23–24: Linwood Tree Peony Festival. Stroll the grounds among the collection of Japanese and American tree peonies at this private garden located in the Genesee Valley. The landscape was designed in the early 1900s with an Arts and Crafts style summerhouse, walled gardens with pools & fountains, ornamental trees and an open view of the valley. LIN

T- May 30: Loop Ministries Garden Tour, 1:30–4pm. Tour a private garden in the Forest Hills neighborhood of East Rochester. The property, a designated landmark, hosts rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel, roses, spirea, dogwoods, viburnam, espalier apple trees, silver Korean fir, enkianthus, Acer griseum, Chamaecyparis, boulevard cyprus and more. 585/454-3367 x14 or

May 30–31: Linwood Tree Peony Festival. See description under May 23–24. LIN 

June 2: Create a Living Wreath, 6pm. Choose from an assortment of succulents, flowering and foliage plants to fill a wreath that can be used outdoors through the summer and then brought inside. Materials included. $60. Registration required. GAL

June 6: 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; wine tasting and more. Lunch included. $85. Registration required. Please call to reserve your seat: 716/432-8688; 585-591-2860. Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 390 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610. 

June 6–7: Linwood Tree Peony Festival. See description under May 23–24. LIN 

June 7: Iris Show. Presented by Greater Rochester Iris Society. Location TBA. 585/266-0302;

T- June 17: Great Gardens of Wayne County Tour, 4–8pm. Welcome to Summer. See gardens in Williamson. More information: 315/331-8415; CCE/WC 

T- July 12: ABC Streets Neighborhood Garden Walk, 12–4pm. See city front, side & back yard spaces, shade gardens, porches, patios & decks, gardened tree-lawns, found objects, water features. Live acoustic music, Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters & Michael Hannen’s Rare & Different Plants. Check-in & information: Calumet Street triangle at Harvard Street. Free. 585/721-8684;; 

T- July 18: Backyard Habitat Tour, 9am–3pm. Self-paced tour of 6 unique gardens in Rochester, Penfield & Macedon. Includes booklet with directions, garden photos and stories. $15 members; $20 non-members. Genesee Land Trust,

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Judy Conley February 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Hello, are these current events for 2016?


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