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 7/6/21


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; 

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 at

Country Gardeners of Webster meets the second Monday of the month (except February, July, and 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.

Creative Gardeners of Penfield meets the second Monday of the month (except July and 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 and August), members’ homes. Educational topics presented 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:

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.

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–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.;

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. September 12: Iris Society meeting, 2 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 11 Episcopal Ave. Honeoye Falls. 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 & garden tours on pause; see website or Facebook for updates.; 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. Guests welcome. No meetings September 2020–April 2021; club status will be updated as the global community situation changes. 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. 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. 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; 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/MON: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. 585/753-2550; 

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

GAN: Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY. 585/742-1690;

GLT: Genesee Land Trust,46 Prince Street, Suite LL005, Rochester, NY 14607. 585/256-2130;;

RMSC: Rochester Museum & Science Center. 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. 585/271-4320,

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

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

Ongoing starting June 26: Ganondagan’s Earth Altar Project. This event will feature six altars created by Haudenosaunee artists and naturalists that will be on the trails at Ganondagan. There will be six to eight satellite altars around the city of Rochester that will be created by those from the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ, disabled, and refugee communities. See website for details. GAN

S Ongoing: City of Rochester Public Market, Tuesday and Thursday, 6am–1pm. Saturday 5am–3pm. Shoppers will find the hustle and bustle of the busy market season, complete with seemingly unlimited produce, plants, flowers, specialty and handcrafted items, and  more at the City of Rochester Public Market. RPM

T July 3, 22, 25, 28: Daylily Garden Open House, 2–6pm on July 3 & 25 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. Call 585/461-3317 if you have any questions.

F July 10, 11, 24 & 25: Outstanding Naturalist, 11am–1pm. Free with $3 admission. Meet the expert naturalist “out standing in the field,” and find out what’s happening in nature this week. Topics will range from woodland wildflowers to field forbes, upland hardwood forests, butterflies, bluebird boxes, and more! CUMNG

T/F July 10: Three Sisters Garden Tour, 10–10:30am. Join interpretive guide Tonia Loran Galban for a tour of the Three Sisters Garden. Galban will share her knowledge about the Three Sisters, while touring the garden. Free with GSHS Admission: includes Longhouse, Seneca Art & Culture Center, and Creation Story film. To register, email, by July 7. Limited to 20 people. GAN

F July 11: Community Cleanup, Join like-minded neighbors to help clean up local green spaces—you’ll be amazed at the impact a focused group can make in just three hours. Dress for the weather and bring water to stay hydrated. Tools, bags, and gloves will be provided, and all ages are welcome to attend. July 11, 9am–12pm—Durand Beach. July 30, 5–8pm—Turning Point Park. August 28, 9am–12pm—Seth Green Island

July 11: Master Gardener Summer Sale 2021, 9am–1pm. Browse through gently used gardening, lawn care, and outdoor-related items. Rain or shine. CCE/MON

July 12: Gardeners’ Favorites: Growing the Most Popular Veggies via Zoom, 7–8pm. Learn about some of the most popular vegetables and how to grow them from planting to harvest, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as ways of incorporating them into your seeding plan to maximize your harvest and your hard work. A part of the discussion will relate to local food sources, including the Farmers Market Guide 2021. Hosted by Parma Public Library. Free. Register at the website. CCE/MON

July 15: Trail Keepers: Irene Gossin Nature Preserve, 3–5pm. Trail Keepers visit Irene Gossin Nature Preserve in Penfield for some habitat improvement and trail work. Attendees will be removing invasive Canada thistle and multiflora rose, and scouting out a new trail. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to sign up; there will be a job for everyone. To attend you must sign up on the website. There are only 15 spots available for this event. GLT

S July 17: Daylily Sale, 8am–12pm. Rain or shine. Note Saturday date. More than 40 varieties to choose from, plus interesting perennials. Advice on selection and daylily care available. Visit daylily display garden with over 200 varieties. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Rd., Webster.

F July 17 & 18: Dirt! Life in the Soil, 11am. Below the duff, just a few inches down, is an underworld teeming with life! Become an underground explorer on a fascinating journey into the world of soil. $7/person, including admission. CUMNG

July 17: Artist’s Walk at Gosnell Big Woods, 10am–12pm. Join artist Bill Stephens for a guided journey through Gosnell Big Woods Preserve, walking throughout the property and stopping along the way to capture quick sketches. Bring a sketchbook and media of your choice. All ages welcome. Preregistration is required for this event, and the number of participants will be capped at 15. GLT

July 21: Happy Hour Hike at Irene Gossin Nature Preserve, 6-7:30pm. Take a mid-week break and explore Irene Gossin Nature Preserve and the Town of Penfield’s Rothfuss Park followed by a refreshing craft beer at K2 Brothers Brewing. Preregistration is required for this event, and the number of participants will be capped at 15. GLT

July 24: Rain Barrel Workshop, 10am. Head over the Genesee Brewery Brew House for a rain barrel workshop. Interested in learning how you can utilize green infrastructure at your home? Join up to create your own rain barrel and take it home—everything is supplied but the rain. $45/person. RSMC

F July 29–September 6: Sunflower Spectacular, 10am–7pm. Wickham will be planting its largest sunflower field ever. This is the fifth year of the Sunflower Spectacular, and it has become an art and a passion for the farm team to create sheer wonder in the fields. More than one million sunflowers will go in over a 10-week period this summer. Wickham Farms, 1315 Sweets Corners Rd, Penfield. 585/377-3276,

July 31-August 1: LotusFest 2021, Hundreds of Chinese lotus in bloom both in ponds and in pots. Bergen Water Gardens & Nursery, 7443 Buffalo Rd., Churchville. 585/293-2860,

August 5: Garden Talk—Beneficial Insects, 12pm. Free. Most of the insects that live in your garden do little or no harm to you or your plants. Many of these good guys provide free pest control for you. Join us to learn about the beneficial insects that may be in your garden. Register for your Zoom link at CCE/GC

August 11: Happy Hour Hike at Cornwall Preserve, 6–7:30pm. Take a mid-week break and explore the trails and scenic views of Cornwall Preserve in Pultneyville. Walk will be two to four miles long on grass and dirt trails, including one footbridge. After the hike, if you choose to, stop at Yia Yia’s Ice Cream Shoppe for a tasty treat. Preregistration is required for this event, and the number of participants will be capped at 15. GLT

S August 14–15: Greater Rochester Iris Society’s Iris Rhizome Sale, 10am–4pm. New varieties, reliable favorites, and expert advice on irises all available. Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 NY Rte. 96, Victor. For more info,, 585/266-0302.

September 2: Garden Talk—A Year in the Life of a Garden, 12pm. Free. Gardens aren’t static, they change as we progress through the seasons, even over the years. Join us to see how the plantings in a small city garden change from spring to winter. Register for your Zoom link at CCE/GC

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. 

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

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), basket chance auction, and free soil pH testing. Plant sale starts promptly at 10am. Chance auction drawing starts at 12:30pm. 420 East Main Street, Batavia. 585-343-3040, ext. 101. CCE/GC

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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!


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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