Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park

Highland Park draws international crowds numbering in the thousands during Rochester’s week-long Lilac Festival in May, though the lilacs are not the only sights to see! Frederick Law Olmsted designed this park in 1888, along with Genesee Valley, Seneca, and Maplewood, to be enjoyed year-round. Every pathway, every tree, every vista and every relationship between the land and water is intentional.

Overview of the Highland Park area

Highland Park Rochester NY

Walking the paved paths weaves you up, down, and through a diverse collection of flowers, flowering bushes and trees, taking you from the Pansy Bed to the Poet’s Garden, Tulip Garden, Lamberton Conservatory and the reservoir. Crossing South Ave. you can wander toward the stage at Highland Bowl (outdoor movies and Shakespeare in the summer) and the well-hidden Warner Castle Sunken Garden. Venturing across Mount Hope Blvd. you’ll discover the beautiful Mount Hope Cemetery which you can spend hours in, discovering where the various pathways lead.

The Lilacs

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Pansy Bed

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Pansy Bed

Wandering among the trees and flowering bushes in lower Highland Park

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Upper Highland Park

Highland Park Walk-through Tree

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Bench Among a Carpet of Blue Flowers

Highland Park Carpet of Blue Flowers and Daffodils in Spring

The Poet’s Garden

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Poets Garden in Spring

The Reservoir

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Lamberton Conservatory [go inside]

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Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Okame Cherry outside Lamberton Conservatory

The Tulip Bed

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Highland Park Rochesters First Park 1883

The Rhododendron Staircase

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Early Spring in Highland Park

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Emerging Daffodil

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Autumn in Highland Park

Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park in Rochester NY

Highland Park Rochester NY

Plant Collections – What’s in Bloom? (from the Highland Park Conservancy website)

You will always find something in bloom in Highland Park, at all times of the year. Seasonal fluctuations in the weather may vary the blooming schedule, but the following is an approximate guide to some of the most popular “bloomers”:

  • February and March:
    • Witchhazels – south of the Overlook
  • Mid-April:
    • Forsythias and daffodils – south of the Overlook
  • Early April:
    • Magnolias – southwest of the Reservoir
  • Early May:
    • Flowering pears – along South Goodman between Highland
      and Elmwood
    • Tulips – corner of South Avenue and Reservoir Drive
  • Mid May:
    • Crabapples – along South Goodman between Highland
      and Elmwood
    • Flowering Dogwood – south of the Overlook
  • Late May:
    • Azaleas – southeast of the Overlook
    • Horse chestnuts – west of the Reservoir
    • Lilacs – along Highland Avenue
    • Pansy Bed – on Highland Avenue
    • Spirea – southeast of the Reservoir
    • Tree peonies – west of the horse chestnuts
    • Wisteria – southeast of the Reservoir
  • Early June:
    • Rhododendron – southeast of the Overlook
    • Iris – near the magnolias
  • Mid June:
    • Mock oranges – southeast of the Reservoir
    • Weigelas
  • July:
    • Hydrangeas – southeast of the Reservoir
  • August:
    • Annual bedding plants and Shrub Althea
  • October:
    • Witchhazels – south of the Overlook

The Pinetum is north of Pinetum Drive. It contains 300 species and varieties of conifers from all over the world. It is a favorite photogenic walk during winter, when the trees and shrubs are covered with snow.

The Lamberton Conservatory is open year-round. In addition to its tropical forest display, desert plants, economic plants and house plants, the Conservatory features seasonal floral displays. The exhibits are changed 5 times throughout the year, so that there is always something new to be seen. The Conservatory is open daily from 10-4 p.m. Admission fees are $3.00 for adults, and $2.00 for youth (6-18) and seniors (62 and over). There is no fee for children ages 0 to 5 years. Seasonal passes are available for $10 individual, $30 family, and $50 companies
and institutions.

The Poets’ or Woodland Garden is a very special corner of the Park, west of the horse chestnut collection. It is especially beautiful in the early spring, with its bulbs and wildflowers.

Following is a list of the plants found in the Garden during 2009:

Trees:

  • Acer ginnala – Amur Maple
  • Acer saccharum – Sugar Maple
  • Acer tegmentasum – Manchurian Striped Maple
  • Aesculus – Buckeye/Horse Chestnut
  • Amelanchier aborea – Shad/Serviceberry – blooms in April
  • Celtis occidentalis – Eastern Hackberry
  • Cercis canadensis – Redbud – blooms in May
  • Cornus kousa – Korean Dogwood – blooms in June
  • Cornus florida – Flowering Dogwood – blooms in May
  • Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry – blooms in April
  • Cornus Rutgers – Stella Pink Dogwood – blooms in May
  • Chionanthus virginicus – Fringetree – blooms in June
  • Parrotia persica – Persian Ironwood
  • Platanus acerifolia – London Plane Tree
  • Prunus okame – Okame Cherry – blooms in April/ May
  • Prunus serotina – Black Cherry
  • Pterocarya fraxinifolia – Caucasian Wingnut
  • Quercus alba – White Oak
  • Quercus coccinea – Scarlet Oak
  • Quercus rubra – Red Oak
  • Quercus velutina – Black Oak
  • Sorbus wilsoniana – Wilsons Mountain Ash
  • Styrax obassia – Fragrant Snowbell
  • Staphylea trifolia – American Bladderwort
  • Tsuga canadensis – Summer Show Hemlock

Shrubs:

  • Amelanchier – Shad – blooms in April
  • Azalea multiflora – Pinkster – blooms in May
  • Barberry
  • Corylopsis – Winter Hazel
  • Ilex – Holly
  • Kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel – blooms in June
  • Leucothoe
  • Lace Cap Hydrangea – blooms in July
  • Philadelphus – Mock Orange – blooms in June
  • Prunus laurocerasus – Cherry Laurel – blooms in May
  • Symphoricarpos albus – Common Snowberry
  • Rhododendron blooms in May
  • Rhodotypos – Jetbead – blooms in May
  • Rose – Meidiland – White blooms in June
  • Symphoricarpos albus – Common Snowberry
  • Taxus – Yew
  • Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum – Doublefile Viburnum – blooms in June

 Flowers (by time of first bloom):

 April
  • Helleborus foetidus – Stinking Hellobore
  • Helleborus niger – Christmas Rose
  • Galanthos – Snow Drops
  • Chionodoxa – Glory of the Snow
  • Scilla sibericus – Squill
  • Crocus
  • Primula – cowslip
  • Vinca minor – Periwinkle
  • Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
  • Narcissus – Poets’
  • Anemone blanda – Windflower
  • Hepatica acutiloba
  • Podophyllum peltatum – May Apple
  • Brunnera
  • Epimedium – Bishop’s Hat
  • Helleborus orientalis – Lenten Rose
  • Trillium grandiflorum
  • Mertensia virginicus – Virginia Bluebell
  • Asarum europium – European Ginger
  • Arisaema triphyllum – Jack in the Pulpit
  • Lathyrus vernus – Spring Vetchling
  • Tulipa – Tulip
  • Viola – Violet
  • Polygonatum biflorum – Solomon’s Seal

May

  • Muscari – Grape Hyacinth
  • Convallaria majalis – Lily of the Valley
  • Doronicum – Leopard’s Bane
  • Allium
  • Hyacinthoides hispanica – wood hyacinth

June

  • Hesperis matronalis – Dame’s Rocket
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Herb Robert
  • Virginia Waterleaf
  • Day Lily
  • Wild Columbine
  • Erythronium – Dogtooth Violet

July

  • Hardy Geranium/Crane’s Bill
  • Thalictrum – Wild Meadowrue
  • Cimicifuga
  • Anemone syvestris

August

  • Hosta
  • Wood Aster
  • Gooseneck Loosestrife

Ferns:

  • Maidenhair – Adiantum pedatum
  • Christmas – Polystichum acostichoides
  • Autumn – Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Ostrich – Matteuccia struthiopteris
Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.