Eat Your Landscaping


Sonnenberg Gardens Hosts Day-long Event Featuring Edible Landscaping on October 13

This October horticulturist Terry Ettinger will visit Canandaigua to present an all-day gardening seminar at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Parks’ Fall Gardening Symposium where he will be focusing on “edible landscaping.” Edible landscaping is the idea of using food plants and trees as part of your ornamental landscaping and gardens with the side benefit of food as well as beauty.

Terry has had an interesting and varied career of a professional environmental landscaping consultant, a gardening program radio host, gardening program TV host, and currently works at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. At SUNY ESF he works as an Instructional Support Specialist where he manages the institution’s greenhouse facilities, teaches “Grow What You Eat” & “Plant Propagation,” and guest lectures on a range of arboriculture, urban forestry, landscape design/management, and plant biotechnology topics.

The Symposium will be held in Sonnenberg’s Carriage House on Saturday, October 13 from 10 am – 5 pm. Topics for discussion will include the premise that “food” plants can easily be incorporated into the entire landscape including foundation plantings across the front of a home, patio plantings, container plantings, privacy hedges, ornamental trees/shrubs, and more. Lunch on the Mansion veranda (weather permitting) and admission to Sonnenberg Gardens is included. Gardening books also for sale.

Tickets are $50 per person, $40 per Sonnenberg member, and $25 per high school or college student. To register or to get information on this event, call Sonnenberg Gardens at 585-394-4922 or see the website. All funds raised directly supports Sonnenberg Gardens.

Mr. Ettinger’s visit has been made possible in part by support from Wegmans Food Markets, Lyons, National Bank, Robert Lowenthal, Ryan’s Wines & Spirits, and Gullo Dental.


Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson created the nine formal gardens as a tribute to the places she and Frederick had traveled to or had always wanted to visit. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members, sponsors, and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information, contact Marketing Director Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

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