On October 11th Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park will host garden expert and writer, Vincent Simeone, as the keynote speaker at their Fall Gardening Symposium. In the Symposium, Vincent will speak to how to use the kings of the plant world, trees and shrubs, to create visual interest and appeal all year long in your gardens and landscaping.
For the past 22 years, Vincent Simeone has worked at the Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. Besides being a highly engaging garden speaker, Mr. Simeone is also a popular author of five gardening books including his most recent, Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods. Vincent also teaches horticulture classes at New York Botanical Garden and Hofstra University plus over the last 14 years he has assisted Dr. Allan Armitage with garden tours across the globe.
The Symposium will take place Saturday, October 11th, 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets for this event are $85 per person and $75 per Sonnenberg members. Prepaid reservations are required and may be made by calling 585-394-4922 or visiting www.sonnenberg.org. Symposium admission will include a boxed lunch and book signings.
Sonnenberg’s Fall Gardening Symposium has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Bruce & Susan Krobusek, Bill and Margaret Axtell, Robert Lowenthal, Jr., and Wegmans Food Markets. 
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 and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. 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 and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Development & Marketing Coordinator Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

Kimberly Burkard Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park 151 Charlotte Street Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585)394-4922