Saturday, April 22 2017 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
CANANDAIGUA – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park’s annual three day Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show, April 21 - 23, invites the public to share the beautiful springtime floral displays of its gardens, arboretum, and orchid collection over the Earth Day weekend.
The tradition of orchid displays and collections at Sonnenberg started over 100 years ago with Sonnenberg’s original owners, Frederic Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson. It was clearly a passion as Mary herself took park in at least one orchid collecting expedition and she devoted an entire greenhouse to them. Connecting to that history, this springtime event opens the antique, wooden-framed greenhouses to the public in celebration of the orchid collection they now hold and flower fans of all ages will delight in the exotic blooms showcased there. But the breathtaking beauty does not stop with orchids as Sonnenberg’s more than 50 acres is sprinkled with an eclectic collection of spring blooming trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennial plants as the entire park, including the mansion and gardens, will be open for visitors.
The event features a number of activities for attendees. On Friday, guests can take advantage of special orchid re-potting services offered by Sonnenberg’s horticultural staff—a donation for these services is requested. Educational seminars on orchid care will be offered Saturday at 11 AM and 2 PM plus 2 PM on Sunday. A guided wildflower walk in the Rock Garden will be held at 1 PM on Saturday. Wine tastings from the Finger Lakes Wine Center will be available Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 PM. A Volunteering Open House will be held 10 – 11:30 AM on Saturday in the Carriage House. Activities will be available throughout the entire event for families. Wine as well as orchids, orchid supplies, and gift items will be on sale in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop.
The show will be held Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 from 10 AM – 5 PM each day. General admission to the event is $10 per person, $5/Ages 4-16, and free for ages 3 and under. It will be held at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park which is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, NY. For more details, call 585-394-4922 or visit Sonnenberg’s website at www.sonnenberg.org/orchid.
During this weekend Sonnenberg is also honored to be able to host a Spring Concert with the Rochester Oratorio Society who will perform in the Sonnenberg mansion’s Great Hall at 4 pm Saturday April 22. The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. Admission to the concert is separate fee: $10/general admission. Tickets are available at the door or presale via phone or online.