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Lamberton Conservatory

The Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show runs from the first weekend in December through the second weekend in January.

Located in Highland Park, Lamberton Conservatory is the perfect place to spend inside on a gray day. Many folks visit to seek a calm, colorful space warmed to tropical temperatures, filled with the sound of running water and the scent of fragrant flowers.

Lamberton is also the perfect place to practice macro-photography. It’s easier to capture the details in each leaf and flower when there is no wind!

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Admissions area

1. Visitor entrance

You enter a small visitor center with an admissions desk and pay a nominal admission fee when you first walk inside. Sign up for an individual or family membership if you can visit a few times a year.

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2. Seasonal Display House

The 2022 Lamberton Conservatory Spring Show opens Friday, April 8, 2022, and runs through mid-May. They feature hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips; the color and aroma make for a welcome awakening from the depths of winter!

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Lamberton Conservatory holiday show orchids
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Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

The Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show runs from the first weekend in December through the second weekend in January. Enjoy evening hours on Friday and Sunday nights until 9 p.m. to appreciate the holiday lights after dark.

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

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3 & 4. Exotic & Tropical

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

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.

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Lamberton Conservatory desert cactus
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5. Desert

Next is the desert environment, filled with cacti and a large range of plants that typically occupy an arid climate.

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Decorated during the Holiday Show

6. Houseplants

Complete with orange trees and an elevated turtle pond.

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Lamberton Conservatory courtyard statue flowers

7. Courtyard Gardens

This outdoor space is accessible in the warmer months through the main entrance near the restrooms.

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Lamberton turtle

Remember to Look Down

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

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Lamberton Conservatory plant

Every day there’s something new

The plants grow and blossom at different times, even throughout the month. When I think I’ve seen everything, there’s a bloom I’ve never seen before a week later.

Enjoy a video tour

Highland Park Conservancy invites you to join Noelle Nagel, the Monroe County Parks Horticultural Interpreter, for a 2021 video tour. She shares her vast knowledge of the plant and animal collections. Enjoy! 

HPC, founded in 1994, is a member-supported, all-volunteer organization: the official not-for-profit partner of Monroe County for the stewardship of Highland Park. Learn more at

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Lamberton Conservatory in Winter

More information about Lamberton Conservatory

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

Cost: A nominal admission fee; membership is available

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

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When is your favorite time to visit Lamberton Conservatory?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.


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