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Jul 8, 2020

8 New York State Botanical Gardens To Visit This Summer

Enjoying nature and foliage is one of the best parts of living in New York during the warmer months. Here are eight great botanical gardens across New York State that are open to the public this summer.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - Buffalo, NY

Since opening its doors to the public in the year 1900, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens have been home to both exotic horticulture and exceptional architecture. This national historic site and education center is a popular tourist destination that attracts around 140,000 visitors every year.

Cornell Botanic Gardens - Ithaca, NY

Situated on the campus of Cornell University, the Cornell Botanic Gardens serves as both a public garden and a research subject for university students. The gardens also host group tours, school and youth programs and adult education sessions. Visit the Cornell Botanic Gardens website to view all the programs and activities they offer.

Innisfree Garden - Millbrook, NY

Based on principles of Chinese landscape design, Innisfree Garden in Dutchess County is home to 150-acres of streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, rocks and plants. The 185-acre garden is open to the public and can also host private events.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park - Canandaigua, NY

Sonnenberg Gardens is home to a forty-room Queen Anne style mansion and nine distinct gardens that reflect a variety of styles, including Victorian, Italian, Colonial, and Japanese influences. Next time you find yourself in the Finger Lakes region, catch a tour of the park to learn about its history and foliage.

Mountain Top Arboretum - Tannersville, NY

Although this park is not specifically labeled as a botanical garden, Mountain Top Arboretum's website defines an arboretum as "a botanical garden devoted to trees." This garden is situated in the Catskills and displays a wide variety of both indigenous and exotic plants and trees that adapt to and thrive in the climate at 2,400 feet elevation. Through their newly-built education center, Mountain Top hosts year-round programming and educational events. Mountain Top is just one of many arboreta New York State has to offer, so be sure to check out one near you!

 Highland Park - Rochester, NY

Along with its wide variety of plants, Highland Botanical Park features a natural amphitheater, sunken garden, a Gothic-style edifice, a conservatory and a statue of Frederick Douglass. The park consists of many themed memorial gardens including The Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The AIDS Remembrance Garden and the Poet's Garden.

Clark Botanic Garden - Albertson, NY

Clark Botanic Garden is a living museum and educational facility on Long Island. The site contains approximately five thousand species of plants, with over one thousand labeled trees, shrubs, and garden plants arranged in twelve specialty gardens. Admission is free of charge and special events and concerts are often held at the garden.

Wethersfield Estates and Garden - Amenia, NY

Off the beaten path outside the Dutchess County town of Amenia sits Wethersfield Estates and Garden. This one thousand-acre property contains the extravagant home of philanthropist Chauncey Stillman, a three-acre formal garden, a seven-acre wilderness garden and several interesting sculptures. Wethersfield also offers hiking and horseback riding on its ten miles of trails.

New York State is full of outdoor recreational opportunities. Next time you are near one of these gardens or parks, make sure to check them out!