The Canandaigua Botanical Society is the second oldest society in continuous existence in the United States, dating back to 1874! The early group was composed of avid botanists who sought out and studied all types of plants growing in the local area. Today, the society is made up of individuals who have a wide range of knowledge and share a love of nature.
Message: The society has been dedicated to advancing knowledge and enjoyment of plants found in the Finger Lakes Region since 1874.
Inspirations: The great outdoors encourages members to participate in the societies’ leisurely hikes to learn the natural wonders that inhibit our region. Members strive to understand what is underfoot, overhead and all around when in the Finger Lakes Region.
Projects in WNY: The Canandaigua Botanical Society was instrumental in supporting and raising funds for the Lagoon Park Restoration Project. A vast majority of European Buckthorn was removed and replaced with native species of plants, shrubs and trees in order to restore the Lagoon Park to a habitat welcoming back native species of animals.
How to Get Involved: Everyone is welcome to join the society at any events posted on their website. You do not need to be a member to attend, however members receive a printed Canandaigua Botanical Society Program Guide. Membership cost is $7 per year and $10 for couples and families. You can sign up to be a member at the festival!
What Kids Can Expect: Kids can check out a collection of pressed herbarium specimens and resources we use to identify plant species. Learn to identify poison ivy and other plants you might see in this region.