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What's Happening at Sonnenberg Gardens

Events Calendar

Whether it's attending one of Sonnenberg's special events, like the Annual Saturday Mothers' Tea or planning a private event of your own to host on the grounds, there's a multitude of things to do! Host a wine-and-cheese party after-hours in our Finger Lakes Wine Center Tasting Room or come to one of our wine-themed seasonal events, such as Roses & Rosés. Make reservations for May or August teas at our Mansion, book a training seminar or class in our Carriage House, or celebrate career achievements with members of your company at a business reception. In addition, we are now offering private rental options in the off-season at select site locations, and there are seasonal special events that enable you to enjoy Sonnenberg year-round. Take a closer look at everything Sonnenberg has to offer!

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[Please note: All event reservations are non-refundable. If questions, please email]



2014 Events


Greenhouse Openhouse, Every Tuesday (9 am - Noon) & every Wednesday (Noon - 3 pm) in April,
While our gardens sleep through the winter, our gardeners do not! Late winter is a very busy time in the greenhouses. A greenhouse visit will be a great way to fight the late winter blues and inspire dreams of spring! $1 donation/person. Read more...

April 12: Sonnenberg Volunteer Fair, 10 am - 11:30 am. Come learn about the volunteer opportunities at Sonnenberg at one of our Volunteer Fair sessions! See our volunteer webpages for general information on volunteering at Sonnenberg.

April 16: Sonnenberg Volunteer Fair, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Come learn about the volunteer opportunities at Sonnenberg at one of our Volunteer Fair sessions! See our volunteer webpages for general information on volunteering at Sonnenberg.

April 26:  Hug a Tree Workshop, 10 am - 3 pm. Celebrate Arbor Day with Sonnenberg! This special day-long tree event will feature talks, walks, tree plantings, and more. Soup for lunch included. $20/person. Read more... 


May 1: Sonnenberg opens for the 2014 season.

May 3:
Sonnenberg Spring 5K Run/Stroll, 9 a.m., $20 Pre-registration Fee, $25 Day of Race fee. Please join us for a beautiful race or walk, if you wish, around the Sonnenberg Gardens and Canandaigua VA Hospital grounds. The spring flowers and flowering trees will be putting on a wonderful show for all registrants. All race proceeds will go to support the day-to-day operational expenses at Sonnenberg Gardens.

May 3:  I Love My Parks Day, 11 am - 2 pm. Join us in a state-wide volunteering event designed to show how much we all love our parks and trails in the Empire State! Volunteers will be helping to get our gardens and buildings ready for the 2014 season. For more information or to arrange a group volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 585-394-4922 or Volunteers need to register for the event at the Parks and Trails New York website. Registered volunteers get an I Love My Parks Day t-shirt (while supplies last).

May 9: National Public Gardens Day, 9:30 am - 4 pm. Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with us! Buy one admission and get one free admission (of equal or lesser value) with the National Public Gardens Day coupon. Get your coupon here.

May 10: Saturday Mother’s Tea, 1 - 4 pm. We welcome you to an elegant, high tea for ages 4 – 104. You will be served fruit cup, scones, tea sandwiches, breads, shrub, assorted sweets and teas, while being entertained with music from Mary Thompson’s own piano.  Please join us for a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon at the mansion. Prepaid reservations required. $30/adults, $25/Sonnenberg Members, $18/Youth (4-12). This event sells out early. Reserve your seat today!

May 10 & May 17: Container Plant Day, 9:30 am - 11 am. Bring in your own container and get it planted with Sonnenberg plants! Price is dependent upon the size of the container you bring.

May 11: Special Admission! Take your mother to Sonnenberg where she will get in for only $1! 

May 17: Opening of Vanishing Acts Exhibit. Sonnenberg is pleased to be able to offer the exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. This exhibit, produced by the Morton Arboretum in association with the Global Trees Campaign, takes a look threatened and endangered trees around the world and the importance of saving them. This exhibit will feature guides and activity pages for tree and conservation fans of all ages. It is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and home-schoolers wishing to teach or learn more about ecology, stewardship, and how we can take action to make a positive difference to the natural world around us. For more details on the exhibit or to schedule a field trip, please contact us at 585-394-4922 or

May 31: Growing a Pizza Garden, Children's program. Details TBA.

May 31: The Interpretation of Primary Sources, with Focus on the Life & Times of Frederick Ferris Thompson, 11 am - 1 pm. Presented by the History Committee at the Wood Library. Special Note: This is the same program our History Committee speakers presented January 21, 2014 for the Perinton Historical Society and it is being re-presented this spring by popular demand for the many who couldn’t get out to Fairport. Event will be held in the Hamlin Room. There will be coffee at 10:30 am with talks 11 am  – 1 pm and discussion until 2 pm. Refreshments provided.


June 5-8: Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival

June 8 - June 14: Rose Week at Sonnenberg,
While we have roses blooming all season long, Rose Week marks the peak bloom period of the Rose Garden. The blooms are a treat for the eyes, nose, and soul!

June 9: Roses & Rosés, 6 – 9 pm, This elegant wine and food pairing event showcases over thirty wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg. Guests are invited to stroll through the historic Mansion, Belvedere, and Rose Garden where over 2,500 roses are in bloom during the garden’s peak. There will also be live music and a silent auction held in the Great Hall of the Mansion. $30/person; $25/Sonnenberg Member. Prepaid reservations required.

June 15: Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Cruise, 12 – 4 pm, Fun for the whole family! Enjoy an afternoon of classic cars and motorcycles, music, food, and more. Sign up to showcase your wheels.  $12 per person, $10 AAA members /60+, $6 pp for ages 13-17, College Students, or Military personnel w/Military ID, $1.00 pp for ages 4 -12. Free for ages 3 and under. Read more...


July 4, 11, 18, 25, & August 1:  Moonlight Strolls, 8 – 10 pm, Come see your favorite gardens aglow with lights, and stroll the grounds on a balmy summer's eve - the ONLY time all year that the beauty of Sonnenberg is showcased at night! Performers will be located on the mansion veranda. Bring your folding lawnchairs and picnic blankets or choose from among some of the (limited) seats Sonnenberg provides. All concerts are held rain or shine! Snack on light refreshments sold by the Friends of Sonnenberg or sip delicious wines by the glass sold by our Finger Lakes Wine Center. $9/person, $7/Sonnenberg Member; $4 youth 6-17, FREE for ages 5 and under

July 19:  I Love Sonnenberg Scrapbook Day, Children's program. Details TBA.

July 28:   Annual Sonnenberg Golf Tournament, 10 am, Our Golf Tournament to be open to women’s teams and will be held at Winged Pheasant Golf Course. There will be no mixed teams and is limited to 18 foursomes. The day will start with a mimosa toast followed by a 4-person, 9-hole scramble. Prizes will be awarded for lowest and highest scores, and the longest and shortest drives. Following golf, lunch will be served on the Sonnenberg Mansion Veranda. Event details subject to change. $55/person. Prepaid reservations required.

July 28 – August 1: Historic Adventure Day Camp, Children's program.


August 7, 14, 21, & 28: August Teas, We welcome you to an elegant, high tea for ages 4 – 104. You will be served fruit cup, scones, tea sandwiches, breads, shrub, assorted sweets and teas, while being entertained with music from Mary Thompson’s own piano.  Please join us for a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon at the mansion. Includes admission to gardens. Gluten free and vegetarians can be accommodated as long as they are noted at the time of reservation. Prepaid reservations required. $28/adults, $23/Sonnenberg Members & groups of 10+, $18/Youth (4-12).

August 16 & 17: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm, Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale Featuring 100 Top-Quality Artists from across the U.S. Rain or Shine, Free Art Lectures, Wine/Beer Garden featuring Microbrews, Food Court, Enter to Win Artwork from the Exhibiting Artists at the Raffle Tent. Event details subject to change. $6/person


September 6:  Harvest the Pizza Garden, Children's program. Details TBA.

September 27: Fall History Conference. Presented by the History Committee at the Wood Library Details TBA.


October 11:  Fall Symposium, Join us for a day of exciting garden speakers. Keynote speaker Vincent Simone. Lunch included. Prepaid reservations required. $85/person, $75/members. 

October 17, 18, 24 & 25: Mansion Mysteries, 7 – 9 pm, Come take part in a "whodunit" at Sonnenberg! Guests will have a chance to take part in this live-theater event by uncovering the clues that will solve the mystery and bring the guilty party -or parties- to justice! Light refreshments along with a cash wine bar will be provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Guests are welcome to further participate in the fun, if they so desire, by attending in costume. Prepaid reservations required. $24/General; $20/Sonnenberg Members and Youths (Ages 12 - 18)

October 26: Haunted Garden Stroll, 6-10 pm, Join us -- if you dare! -- for a "haunted" stroll through the Sonnenberg grounds. Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years that will leave you in goosebumps! Be ready for spooky characters during the walk - you never know who or what might be lurking or watching! Will it be an apparition of a Civil War general who died in the mansion? Or perhaps the Lady in Black who continues to walk the grounds? What other macabre visitations or weird sights will you experience?? $5/person, under 5 FREE.

October 31: Sonnenberg closes for the season


December 6:  Holiday Home Tour, See the beautiful and historic home of Canandaigua decorated for the holiday season. $22/person.

December 13: Christmas Gala Ball

Event schedule subject to change. Members receive discounts on select events. Please call or see specific event pages for other event details and registration.


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