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.
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.
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!