Learn about the history of Rochester’s major parks and how to develop your own garden design at Sonnenberg Garden & Mansion‘s all-day seminar.  This symposium will be held in the Carriage House meeting room at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Summer

The morning session, “Early Development of Rochester’s Flower City,” will feature Beverly Gibson, Horticulturalist of the Landmark Society of WNY, who will discuss the design and development of Rochester’s Highland Park and Durand Eastman Park.  She will also highlight the establishment of the Ellwanger Estate and the Harris Seed Company, the key foundations in making Rochester the Flower City of the USA.

The afternoon session, “Principles of Garden Design,” will be led by Sonnenberg’s Executive Director and Horticulturist, David Hutchings, who will be assisted by Sonnenberg Garden volunteers.  Participants will learn how to design a new landscape around their home for the spring.  Supplies list available upon registration.

Reservations are $18/person, or $15/ Sonnenberg members, and the seminar cost includes hot soup and a beverage served at the lunch hour (bring a sandwich, if desired).  Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic State Park is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, NY.

For more information or to make your reservation, call (585) 394-4922 during business hours (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M- F).

Photo courtesy of Sonnenberg Gardens and Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.