Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

Photographs of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located in Canandaigua, New York.

Hubby and I toured Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park last week when we were in the Finger Lakes. The 50 acre site features beautiful formal and informal gardens, a historic mansion, the Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex and beautiful views of Canandaigua Lake. Sonnenberg’s magnificent Queen Anne style mansion, the former summer home of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson, was built in 1887. The surrounding gardens were developed between 1902 and 1920 and reflect a variety of styles, including Victorian, Italian, Colonial, and Japanese influences. This according to the NYS Parks Website More information can be found at Sonnenberg.org.

Admission to the park is $12 for adults, $10 for AAA members and seniors, children 4-12 are $1, military and students with id (over 13) is $6. Hours are 9:30am. – 4:30pm from May 1 – October 31, Extended Summer Hours: 9:30 am – 5:30pm. Memorial Day – Labor Day There are also events listed throughout the year on the events page.

I took a lot of photographs Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. Like 100 or so. I decided to break this up into two posts, today will be the gardens and park. The mansion and mansion garden photographs are coming soon!

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


After we paid our admission we immediately saw the display gardens. That is the wine tasting building at the end there.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


Immediately across from those gardens are the greenhouses and conservator, a Lord & Burnham conservatory complex, built between 1903 and 1915.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


The complex includes a domed Palm House, with other glass houses featuring orchids, cacti, and tropical plants.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


We entered the first greenhouse from the back.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


That is a “pansy lily” according to the lady working in the greenhouse. She said it is one of the few lilies with a scent.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


They are a plant rescue center! I had never heard of such a thing, but it makes sense.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


These succulents are beautiful!

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


More succulents.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


There was a large section of cactus.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


I have no idea what this flower is, but it was coming off some cactus plant.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


And then things took a turn for the tropical.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


The greenhouses flowed one into the other into the other with the types of plants changing in each greenhouse.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


There was a selection of scented flowers that didn’t look like anything, so I didn’t take a photo.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


And the end greenhouse was pretty cleared out.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


We exited the greenhouses to a path that led to the lawns.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


The leaves were just beginning to change.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


There were a number of trees that formed arches like this, large enough for cars to drive under!

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park


Feet had worn many paths in between the foliage over the years. This path led to the mansion.

We went in the fall and the gardens were spectacular. I can’t imagine how beautiful they much be in the summer!

Next up: the mansion and mansion gardens!


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