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Canandaigua in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rock Garden

 
 
Rock Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
1. Rock Garden Marker
Inscription.  This garden evolved over a number of years from three distinct gardens, namely, the Rock, Wild, and Lily, which were completed around 1911. The uppermost level is where the summerhouse sits. In 1914, the second phase expanded the garden with an impressive engineering feat of man-made canyon and arched bridge composed of Onondaga limestone from a quarry north of Sonnenberg. Around 1920, the cascading waterfall and pool were completed by John Handrahan, Mary Clark Thompson’s landscape architect. He utilized the estate’s natural ridges, hollows, and wild areas to create the dramatic garden, waterfall, and pool features. A careful selection of over 190 different plants ensured that the garden would remain continuously in bloom from spring until winter.

Several hundred perennial plants covered the grounds of the rock garden. During the early years of the garden rock cress, stonecrop, and candytuft all bloomed in profusion.

The continuous blooming cycle and seemingly wild state of the gardens provide a unique, more natural experience within the planned landscape.

The stone arch designed for the garden by landscape architect
Rock Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
2. Rock Garden Marker
Marker is at the far end of the bridge.
John Handrahan can be seen above. Handrahan was originally employed by Ernest W. Bowditch of Boston, but eventually left the firm to dedicate himself fully to the gardens of the estate.
 
Location. 42° 53.969′ N, 77° 16.177′ W. Marker is in Canandaigua, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from Charlotte Street near Howell Street. Marker is on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Charlette Street, Canandaigua NY 14424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Garden & Tea House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peacock House/Aviary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old-Fashioned Garden (about 400 feet away); Moonlight Garden (about 500 feet away); Blue & White Garden (about 500 feet away); Pansey Garden (about 500 feet away); Japanese Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Granger Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canandaigua.
 
Also see . . .  Sonnenberg.org. A non-profit organization, Sonnenberg operates in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and relies solely on visitor admissions, memberships, donations, wine and gift center sales, and special events to preserve
Rock Garden Fork image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
3. Rock Garden Fork
Proceed across the bridge, pass the marker, and reach this fork in the Rock Garden. Continue to pass under the arch bridge, or take the stairs to cross the arch bridge.
public access to the site. – Quoted from a printed self-guided tour provided upon admission. (Submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Rock Garden Stone Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 22, 2019
4. Rock Garden Stone Bridge
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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