Sonnenberg Gardens / by Lindsey Glover

On a Sunday afternoon this September, Lou and I visited Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY. The 50-acre estate has an aura of aging grandeur. Among the gardens and greenhouses, you can catch a glimpse back to 100 years ago when it must have been spectacular. After having changed hands a few times in it’s history, the estate is now managed by New York State as a historic park. It’s a fun place to wonder about and marvel at amount of labor that went into the landscaping, greenhouses and other architectural details, not to mention all of the upkeep it must of required in it’s heyday. I credit the people who have worked to preserve the estate and keep the the grounds maintained after it had fallen into disrepair over the years. It's no small task considering the size and complexity of the project. It is still a vibrant, fascinating place to visit with a slightly haphazard and forgotten feel about it. 

 Propagation House

The Vinery was one of the earliest additions to the greenhouses at Sonnenberg

Hanging pots in the Orchid House

Coy fish in the pond near the entry/exit of the grounds