Ellwanger Garden

Ellwanger Garden

Ellwanger Garden & Estate is an exquisite bed & breakfast today, but in the 1800s it was the home of esteemed horticulturalist George Ellwanger. He and his business partner, Patrick Barry, built the largest nursery in the world on 650 acres along Mount Hope Blvd.

In 1888, Ellwanger & Barry donated twenty acres of nursery land to form Highland Park—Rochester’s first park. The newly formed Rochester Parks Department commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted to design Highland Park, as well as Genesee Valley, Seneca, and Maplewood Parks.

Ellwanger & Barry also donated trees that are still thriving in the Highland Park Arboretum today. Barry’s home is located across the street from Ellwanger Estate and is owned by the University of Rochester.

Ellwanger Estate

While the home is private, the garden is maintained by the Landmark Society of Western New York and is periodically open to the public. Special events include the Lilac Festival in May and Peony Weekend in June. Tuesday evenings June-September are also open to the public.

Of course, volunteer “weeders” are always welcome to care for the garden all year round! According to the Society’s website, “this living preservation site boasts eighty different kinds of perennials, including strong collections of peonies, roses, daylilies, hostas, irises and spring- and summer-flowering bulbs.” When I visited I spoke with a volunteer who was so excited to see the transition of the garden every week.

Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate
Ellwanger Estate

More information about Ellwanger Estate Garden

Cost: Free

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

More Information: landmarksociety.org

flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers
flowers

5 Beautiful Gardens Near Rochester

If you haven’t already, start with a visit to these five beautiful gardens near Rochester, many are free or require only a small donation or admission fee.

Read more

Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY

Highland Park draws crowds numbering in the thousands during Rochester’s week-long Lilac Festival in May, though the lilacs are not the only sights to see!

Read more

Mount Hope Cemetery

It may seem odd to think of a cemetery as a family-friendly destination, but Mount Hope Cemetery is as much park-like as it nearby neighbor Highland Park.

Read more

The Flower City: Exploring Rochester’s Extraordinary Flowers and Trees

Rochester became a global center for flower and tree nurseries in the mid-1800s, fostering our identity as The Flower City.

Read more

40 Public Gardens Around Rochester

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

Read more

Quintessential Rochester

These “quintessential Rochester” places fill tourist must-see lists and “wish you were here” postcards. Have you seen them all for yourself?

Read more

When is your favorite time to visit the Ellwanger Garden?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

26 Shares

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *