magnolia [V[irginiana a.] glauca       Illustration by charles edward faxon (1846-1918)     Original drawing for silva of north america by            charles sprague sargent [Volume 1, plate 3]

                magnolia [V[irginiana a.] glauca

    Illustration by charles edward faxon (1846-1918)

   Original drawing for silva of north america by            charles sprague sargent [Volume 1, plate 3]

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.

 

...W. J. Bean who for twenty-seven years has been in charge of the tree and shrub department of the royal botanical Gardens in Kew, London ... made an inspection of the parks. He came from England to see the Arnold Arboretum, but at the urgent request of Dr. Sargent, he came to Rochester to see the parks. Mr. Bean said that Highland Park contained the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the world, not as extensive as that of Kew Gardens or Arnold Arboretum at Boston, but being superior in richness of the collection and the excellent way in which the landscape gardening has been managed...
— 1911 Proceedings of the Common Council, for the City of Rochester-Annual Report of the Department of Parks