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Sonnenberg Gardens to hold annual wildflower, orchid show

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, will present its annual Spring Wildflower and Orchid Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20-22.

The tradition of orchid displays and collections at Sonnenberg started over 100 years ago with original owners Frederic Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson. Thompson took part in at least one orchid-collecting expedition, and she devoted an entire greenhouse to them.

Connecting to that history, this spring event opens the antique, wooden-framed greenhouses to the public in celebration of their orchid collections.

The entire park, including the mansion and gardens, will be open to visitors. Sonnenberg’s more than 50 acres feature a collection of spring-blooming trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennial plants. The mansion is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Attendees can take advantage of orchid repotting services from Sonnenberg’s horticultural staff on April 20. Donations are requested for their services. Orchid care seminars are scheduled at 2 p.m. April 21-22.

Other planned activities include guided spring blooms walks at 11 a.m. each day, wine tastings from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21-22 at Finger Lakes Wine Center, a spring concert with Miche Fambro at 3 p.m. April 21 and a memorial tree planting at 1 p.m. April 22.

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