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Flowers and Gardens Everywhere

May 9, 2009

 

Trees are in spring bloom at Sonnenberg

Trees are in spring bloom at Sonnenberg

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion  State Historic Park is now open for the season and this year’s garden season promises to be outstanding.  Perhaps the most well-known gardens in the Finger Lakes, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion shares the legacy of Frederick and Mary Clark Thompson and their beautiful summer home, “Sonnenberg” or sunny hill.  After Mr. Thompson’s death in 1899, Mary Clark Thompson traveled throughout Asia and Europe and returned home to create her exquisite gardens from ideas she gathered around the world.  There are nine formal gardens in all.  From the elegance of the Italian Garden, the solitude of the Japanese Garden or the mystique of the Moolight Garden you’ll experience the art, the beauty and unique architecture  of Mrs. Thompson’s vision.

Tulips in full bloom at Sonnenberg

Tulips in full bloom at Sonnenberg

Throughout the estate, the trees and spring flowers are in bloom now. Mid-June  brings the annual Rose Week event as more than 4,000 rose bushes will be in full bloom in the Rose Garden.

Tour the 40-room mansion, stroll at your own leisure or take a guided tour of the grounds and gardens at Sonnenberg.  Finger Lakes Wine Centeris also located on the grounds at Sonnenberg where you can enjoy wine tastings from more than 40 Finger Lakes wineries.  There’s a gift shop and small outdoor cafe too.  

The Rose Garden at Sonnenberg

The Rose Garden at Sonnenberg

Events are held throughout the garden season at Sonnenberg:  Mother’s Day Tea, Rose Week, Father’s Day car show, Friday night Moonlight Stroll Music series, Arts in the Garden and more. 

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a Great Finger Lakes Find!

Orchid Show at Sonnenberg in the Finger Lakes

February 24, 2009
The Orchid Show at Sonnenberg, March 6-8 2009

The Orchid Show at Sonnenberg, March 6-8 2009

Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait!  Are you ready to get rid of the winter blues and get out for some sunshine and flowers?  The Annual Orchid Show is being held at Sonnenberg Gardens  & Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua, on March 6-8, 2009.  As you enter the historic Lord & Burnham greenhouse, you’ll be surrounded by exotic blooms, beautiful fragrances, warm air and bright colors.  On display there will be colorful Cattleyas & Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis &  Paphiopedilums.  (I would never be able to pronounce these so don’t ask.)  They are all just so uniquely beautiful! 

My favorite Orchid

My favorite Orchid

Throughout the weekend you will enjoy lectures on orchid care and the varieties of orchids that make good house plants. Orchid growers Kunisch, Salzman and Fran Murphy of Rochester will be available to consult with guests and you’ll even be able to buy your favorite exotic bloom to take home.

The Finger Lakes Wine Center, located on the grounds of Sonnenberg, will also be open for Finger Lakes Wine Tastings, as will the gift shop. General admission is $5.   Complete information and times of the programs  are available on-line: Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.   The Garden Season begins this year on Saturday, May 2nd, when the gardens and mansion  open officially for the season.