News and Upcoming Events:

See below (or "FCGN-Sponsored Events" on the left sidebar) for upcoming events. We are always working on new events for the season  - keep an eye on our website, or better yet be sure you are on our mailing list. To add your name to our email list or become a member, click on the EMAIL LIST & MEMBERSHIP link on the left sidebar. 

Upcoming Flower City Garden Network Events: 

January Seed and Houseplant Swap

We have a date for the Seed and Houseplant Swap: Saturday, January 25. This event, co-sponsored by FCGN and the Penfield Community Victory Garden, will take place at the Penfield Recreation Center Community Room (same building as the Penfield Library), 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield 14526. It is free and open to the public. We’d appreciate it if you’d preregister by emailing flowercitygardennetwork@gmail.com  (to help us with seating and refreshments). But everyone is welcome even if you don’t preregister. Also, it isn’t necessary to bring seeds or houseplants to attend – you are very welcome either way, and there’ll be plenty for everyone.

 We’ll have two talks as well as time to peruse the seeds and houseplants and talk with the presenters and fellow gardeners.


If you are bringing seeds that you’ve collected, there is no need to split them into small packets ahead of time. You can just bring each separate variety in one envelope or other container. We will have small envelopes available that attendees can label and use to take home appropriate portions from the bulk envelopes. If you have a limited amount of seed and would prefer to portion it out, that’s fine too. Also feel free to bring extra commercial seed packets that you’d like to share.

 Label the seed samples you bring with as much of the following information as possible: name (scientific name if you know it), perennial or annual, flower color or other distinguishing features, height, preferred growing conditions, days to harvest if it’s a vegetable.



If you have houseplants that could use trimming, cut some good-sized pieces with one or more nodes (places on the stem where leaves are attached), wrap them in slightly damp paper towel, and bring them in a labelled plastic bag. If you have a large overgrown plant, you can bring the whole plant for people to cut pieces from it, and then you can either give away the plant or take it home again.

Catalogs and gardening magazines:

We’ll have a table for seed and plant catalogs that are free to takebring your extras of current and previous years’ catalogs, as well as garden magazines that you would like to contribute.

FCGN received a generous donation of clivia from Carolyn and Bob McKee and we will have several pots of both yellow and orange-flowered clivia for sale at the swap.


9 am      Doors open. Enjoy some refreshments and peruse the seeds and houseplants

9:30-10:15      Spring Blooming Garden Perennials: Garden designer Carol Southby will show images of some of her favorite perennials for early bloom in the garden, share tips on how to propagate them, and show ways to use them to create plant combinations for season-long interest.

10:45-11:15     Break: swap seeds and plants, enjoy refreshments, and talk with presenters and participants.

11:15-12:00     Western New York Spring Wildflowers: In this slide presentation Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden native perennial nursery, will show and describe our native spring wildflowers, covering how to identify them, where they fit into our local habitats, and how to use them in our gardens for a more sustainable and ecologically sound landscape.

12:00-1:00             Questions, seed and houseplant swap

Seed Collecting

Due to weather, we aren't sure if we will be able to have another seed collection at Michael Hannen's nursery. If things do dry out we may be able to, and we will let you know. 

In your own gardens, if it dries out it isn't too late to collect. It is very important that the seed be dry, of course. Michael says that he has good luck with seed he collects while damp if he puts it in paper bags and leaves it someplace warm and dry. 

Past Events

Thanks so much to Al Pfeiffer, Margaret and Chris for our tour of Oriental Garden Supply on October 26. The fall colors were perfect, and Al provided so much interesting information about the plants - we learned a lot, and many of us left very happy with some new beauties for the garden. 

Margaret, Colleen and Sarita at OGS

Interesting post from The Artful Gardener

Marcy's Meadow: Here's a mid-September picture that Marcy sent of her 3-yr-old seeded native meadow along the canal - which many of us visited on August 1. The asters and rudbeckia are looking spectacular, as is the "Little Blue Stem" grass, not pictured but looking beautiful. Wow! Next year we'll have to go in September!

Email List and Membership: Add your name to our email to our email list for updates on all our events. To join us for the soirées, sign up for a membership by going to our Email List and Membership webpage (clink on link). Download the pdf membership form, fill it in, and mail as instructed, with your check for $20. Or simply mail a check for $20 to: FCGN, 11 Inverness Circle, Fairport NY 14450, including a note with all of your contact information. Be sure to include your email address, mailing address, and phone number.


Thanks to Marcy Klein for her post on one of her favorites, 
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’

Click on the left sidebar under "The Good" to read more about why it's a great choice for a flowering shrub.

New posts to the Gardeners' Forum: 

7/28/18 Interesting article from the Washington Post sent in by an FCGN member: Cycles of flood and drought are becoming the norm. How should a gardener respond? https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/after-the-flood-a-certain-smugness/2018/06/26/ffcd4184-73eb-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html?utm_term=.aa8514573fbb

7/3/18 Cindy Cali on FCGN FaceBook page (click on tab on left): What I am doing in the garden: Well, by now most of your pruning should be done, except what has yet to flower. I have been deadheading Dianthus, Basket of Gold and other flowers that are done; and cutting down plants that are done flowering to come back again like Bachelor Buttons. Most of the Salvia Nemerosa (Meadow Sage, etc.), I have cut down a couple inches from the ground, as it comes back and blooms again. The iris has been cut down and fanned out and the Siberian Iris has been totally cut down so as not to reseed. Jacob's Ladder has been cut down (and will come back but not flower). Bleeding hearts have been cut down totally to allow the plants underneath to show now. All the deciduous and tree peonies have been deadheaded (and tree peonies have been pruned). The dead browning stalks inside of hellebores have been removed, and many other garden tasks. Have a question about a plant? Ask away, and I will answer. Thank you. Cindy Cali (go to FCGN FaceBook page, tab on left, if you'd like to ask Cindy a question, or email it to Flowercitygardennetwork@gmail.com - Cindy loves questions!)

6/1/18 Viburnum leaf beetles. I haven’t seen any sign of these for years, but this past couple of weeks they have completely defoliated my mapleleaf viburnum. Very discouraging! I have heard that they have been defoliating a mapleleaf viburnum in Penfield for the last few years. Judy Hubbard

5/23/18 Giant Predatory Flatworms: this Washington Post article describes 1 ft-long Asian flatworms that have existed in France since probably at least 1999, but are only now being noticed by scientists. They live underground and are predatory on earthworms and other soil fauna.

5/9/18: Check out Mertensia Park in Farmington (close to Victor) - wonderful stand of Mertensia. Go now, they are probably just at peak bloom. Judy Hubbard

Cindy Cali posted to our Facebook page about a new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, that is causing damage in Pennsylvania and has been found in New York, Delaware and Virginia. It is a large white plant hopper with black spots and red hindwings. Its prefered host is Ailanthus (tree of heaven) but it feeds on more than 70 other species, including grapes, hops and fruit trees. This pest is believed to be hitch hiking to new areas, and with its tremendous potential for reproducing it is expected to be devastating. See our forum or facebook pages for a link to more information.

Some interesting info on offerings by the Garden Conservancy: they will premier a new film about Frank Cabot and the creation of his magnificent garden in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents. Also, they have scheduled 2 garden open days in Ithaca, the first one March 24 in a spring garden, and one in the Greater Rochester area June 10. 

Tom Jones sent a note about Dr. Edward Mott Moore, considered the father of Rochester's park system. 

Professional landscaper, CNLP, and master gardener Cindy Cali sent an update on what to do now in your gardenClick on the Gardener's Forum on the left sidebar - and keep our community posted on what's happening in your garden! Send us all your comments and questions using the form available ("Comments or Questions" on the sidebar) or email us at Flowercitygardennetwork@gmail.com.  

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About once a month, we offer a talk, garden visit or guided walk in a natural area or at an arboretum.

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