Lamberton Conservatory path

Lamberton Conservatory

Tropical plants need tropical temperatures, so visiting Lamberton Conservatory in winter is a welcome escape from the cold!

Constructed in 1911, the Conservatory was a cherished addition to Highland Park, which was designed as an arboretum in 1888 by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Admissions area

1. Visitor entrance

When you first walk inside, you enter a small visitor center with an admissions desk and pay a nominal admission fee. Sign up for an individual or family membership if you are able to visit a few times a year.

Lamberton Conservatory seasonal room
Lamberton Conservatory
Lamberton Spring Show
Lamberton Conservatory spring daffodils

2. Seasonal Display House

Exhibits in the seasonal display house are changed five times throughout the year.

The Spring Show opens around the 1st weekend of spring (March 23) through the Lilac Festival in May. They feature hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips; the color and aroma make for a welcome retreat from winter!

holiday lights
seasonal room

Each December, the Holiday Show welcomes you with holiday lights, greens and poinsettias. Enjoy evening hours to appreciate the holiday lights after dark!

Lamberton Conservatory Spanish Moss
Lamberton Conservatory holiday moss
Lamberton Conservatory benches

3 & 4. Exotic & Tropical

Continuing on, you feel the change in temperature as you move into the warmer, wetter biome, draped with Spanish moss. Peek around the trees at the details tucked away under lush greens.

You’ll find turtles lounging by koi ponds, tiny quail wandering about, and other random creatures like chipmunks who have come in from the cold.

Lamberton Conservatory desert bench

5. Dessert

Next is the “dessert”, filled with cacti and a large range of plants that typically occupy an arid climate. It’s nice to sit for a while in this area, with plenty of benches to quietly look around and observe.

Lamberton Conservatory orange tree
Lamberton Conservatory
Lamberton Conservatory hibiscus
Lamberton Conservatory lights

6. Houseplants

Complete with orange trees and an elevated turtle pond.

Lamberton Conservatory courtyard
Lamberton Conservatory courtyard statue

7. Courtyard Gardens

This outdoor space is accessible in the warmer months through the Tropical area.

Lamberton Conservatory swing
Lamberton Conservatory autumn
Lamberton Conservatory winter outside

More information about Lamberton Conservatory

You’ll often see photographers taking family portraits, folks practicing yoga, and musicians playing music while people wander about or relax on the benches.

Cost: Youth (0-5) Free, Adult (19-61) $3.00, Youth (6-18) / Seniors (62 and up) $2.00.

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

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