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The Highland Park Conservancy News

News from your favorite Park - November 9, 2009

Events at the Conservatory

Highland Conservatory Fall Foliage
Come enjoy the Park as the leaves change
and the smell of Fall is in the air...

The summer display at Lamberton Conservatory is over, which means mums are waiting in the wings. The Fall Chrysanthemum Show started on October 30. Many different types and colors of mums are featured. After the mums are done, the Holiday Display takes over on December 4. Poinsettias are the stars of this show, in shades of red, pink and white. There will also be lights strung in the plants throughout the greenhouses.

The tropical areas are lush with the growth made during the summer months. The newly renovated dome area is filling in nicely now that the new plantings are well-established. We have many colorful foliage plants, as well as hibiscus and bougainvillea.

The desert and houseplant areas are full of fascinating and beautiful plants. We probably have things you have never seen before.

Stop by the conservatory to relax, re-energize, and enjoy the greenery!

Under Construction

Highland Conservatory Website

This past year HPC Board has undertaken to reinvigorate the Highland Park Conservancy web-site. Just as in road construction there have been bumps, misdirections, and detours and also success. The design phase has been completed. Research for historic information and selection of appropriate photographs is completed.

The new site will consist of a home page containing a number of sites that will be available for use,
such as:

  • About us: our story and mission statement
  • History of the Park
  • A photo album: historic and current images
  • Membership and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Newsletters
  • What's in Bloom?
  • Recent and upcoming events
  • A map of the park & audio tour
  • Contact us & support us information

A number of these locations on the home page will open to subsequent pages with more detailed history, photographs and information. The home page will also list related organizations that have information on Highland Park or its design and provide the link to their sites.

It has taken more time and effort than was initially planned but we are pleased with the results. One of the main components was to employ a local web developer, Atomic Design, and to ensure that we would be able to update from time to time. HPC Board members Stephen Brown, Mary Fisher and Tim O'Connell were challenged to learn 21st century technology to accomplish the task.

American Bus Association Names Lilac Festival One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2010

Event is a Ticket to Fun and to Critical Group Tourism Dollars

(Rochester, N.Y.) - The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that the Lilac Festival, to be held May 14-23, 2010, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2010 by an elite tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Lilac Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.

With the release of the American Bus Association's 2010 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 28 years of the Top 100 Events. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

"The attractiveness of the Lilac Festival as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Rochester," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. "The real news here is that the Lilac Festival has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives Rochester an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."

According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from US $5,000 to more than US $13,000 in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and
local taxes.

"Simply put," said Pantuso, "motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer. That's why the Lilac Festival is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay." Release provided by the City of Rochester.

The Poet's Garden

The Poet's Garden, or Woodland Garden, is one of the best kept secrets of Highland Park. It provides a woodland retreat in the midst of the park. It was first planted in 1916 to honor William Shakespeare on the 300th anniversary of his death. Members of the Rochester Garden Club met with Calvin C. Laney, first Park Superintendant, and John Dunbar, Assistant Superintendant of Highland Park, to choose the site and select plants that had been referred to by Shakespeare in his writings. One hundred volunteers from the Rochester Garden Club planted and maintained the 275 foot long pathway.

Although many of Shakespeare's plants did not survive in our climate, the Garden Club made new selections. In 1968, members planted wildflowers, ferns, and shrubs, many of which were rescued from a local highway construction site. Since 1993, new trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers have been planted with an emphasis on native species.

The Garden continues to be maintained by volunteers from the Cooperative Extension, Rochester Garden Club, and Park advocates. They meet regularly from March through October to maintain the Garden, with the support of Mark Quinn, Superintendant of Horticulture, and other employees of the Monroe County Parks Department. The Poet's Garden is an example of a remarkable public/private partnership that has lasted for almost 90 years.


The Highland Park Conservancy Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
5:30 until 7:30

At the Conservatory
180 Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY

Join us for refreshments and the Opportunity to see the Conservatory in all its Holiday Finery...

Photo Journal

Happenings from the park -

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The Warner Castle - Highland Park West Tour

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Tim on the Highland Park Tour

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Olmsted's Birthday Party - Frederick's Favorite Punch, made by Tim

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The Fall Tree tour with Kent Millham