Timely Topics

No registration or fee is required. Meet at the Curry Building at the Webster Arboretum rain or shine.

April 23 at 7 pm — Honey Bees

Mike Kopeki will present “The Queen Must Die and Drones Too …WHY? ”

Please join us for the answer to this question and insights into a variety of bee topics. Mike Kopeki, long time beekeeper in Webster will be joined by Kevin Gorman, a queen honeybee rearer, and Amy Stringer, beekeeper and proprietress of the North Bee, a complete honey emporium in Webster Village. This discussion will take place inside the Curry building.


May 9 at 6:30 pm — Hellebores

“Lenton Rose and Christmas Rose are Hellebores”.

Come learn about the care and culture of these amazing plants. Donna Shayder, Master Gardener of Monroe County, will discuss the growing conditions, types, management, and appropriate care of the hellebore. She will conduct a tour of the hellebore plantings at the Arboretum and answer all questions.


June 9 at 6:30 pm — Peonies

Peonies are known as the “queen of flowers.” George Riehle, board member of the Webster Arboretum, will give a tour and a discussion of the care and cultivation of Peonies and Tree Peonies. Learn how to grow and care for this elegant flower to ensure beautiful blooms year after year.


July 18 at 1:30 pm — Herbs

Janet Robert and Beverly Gibson will show and tell in the Arboretum herb garden. Beverly will discuss the origin of the garden and the variety of herbs in each of the six themed beds. Come rain or shine.


August 8 at 7 pm — The Monarch Butterfly

Liz Magnanti from the Bird House in Pittsford will discuss the Monarch Butterfly. She will cover the biology of Monarchs, their migration and how to attract them to your backyard. Learn about the Monarch’s life cycle and how to raise them yourself. This informational meeting will take place inside the Curry building. Come and learn how to support this wonderful creature.