Dr. Charles S. Sargent, first director of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, visited the Rochester Parks often.
Sargent traveled widely to see trees, shrubs and flowers, and authored the monumental work, The Silva of North America." He was one of the greatest authorities on plants in the world.
Beginning in 1902, Sargent offered seedlings of trees and shrubs to the City of Rochester. Over 368 species of these trees and shrubs were received by the Rochester parks, resulting in a near duplication of the plant material found at the Arnold Arboretum. Highland was fortunate to have been the beneficiary of many of these donations.