Well, it was almost two months ago that I had a few hours on my hands to wander around the Canandaigua area. The weather started out in a most spectacular way!
The sky was fascinating and as the day moved along, more and more blue began showing. I drove on up to the city where major construction on the sidewalks has been underway all summer long. It was rather unsightly, especially since Canandaigua has to be one of the most attractive cities I have seen.
In thinking through my options on how to spend my time, I thought about Sonnenberg Gardens and how it might be nice to visit. The last time I had been there was about five years ago!
Such pretty flowers contrasting the white picket fence that greets visitors!
The following are some of the hundreds (yes, I think I took almost 300) of photos. Sonnenberg is such an incredible adventure. To think that this huge mansion with its seemingly endless acres of gardens, statuary, greenhouses, and the house, was merely a summer home built during Victorian times just seems incomprehensible. A “summer home” containing forty rooms doesn’t register….
I didn’t take many photos of the house itself, so I will just post pictures and you can stroll alongside me. I am always awestruck by the numerous water features dispersed throughout the property.
I didn’t remember the lush displays of greenery exhibited in the greenhouses. They were amazing! I took so many photos in the various houses, but I shan’t bore you.
Another awesome area was the Japanese garden! Oh my…it is so picturesque!
New York State has taken over the property and it is now a state park. I was so impressed to see some improvements throughout the grounds. One area that sadly remains in ruins is the Roman baths.
The gardens….ah, the gardens!
One thing that I noted was that the pillars along this pergola were all in good shape. The last time I visited, many were in bad shape, rotted, and with holes in them.
I love this stone building, which was the aviary. The red brick building in the background is the Veteran’s Hospital which is built on the original estate’s property.
Of course, there was so much more to show, but I did not want to bore you!!! So, we will end once again where we began….