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Highland Park  

Highland Park, also known as Highland Botanical Park, is an arboretum in Rochester, New York, United States. Its administrative office is located at 171 Reservoir Avenue in Rochester. The park is one of several in Rochester originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, including Genesee Valley Park, Maplewood Park, and Seneca Park, now a zoo.

In 1888, nurserymen George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry endowed the Rochester, NYC community with 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land, becoming Highland Park, one of the nation’s first municipal arboretums. Highland Park is one of many parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was designed to retain a natural appearance. Horticulturist John Dunbar, later known in local circles as Johnny Lilacseed, started the park’s famous lilac collection in 1892; some of the 20 varieties he installed were descendants of native Balkan Mountain flowers brought to North America by early colonists.

The park occupies most of a glacial moraine, sharing the hill with a water reservoir and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.  Highland Park covers 150 acres (61 ha) and features over 1,200 lilac shrubs representing over 500 varieties. Additional woody plants include Japanese maples, sweet-smelling magnolias, and other tree species; a selection of shrubs including barberries, azaleas, mountain laurel, andromeda, and 700 varieties of rhododendron; and a rock garden with dwarf evergreens. The gardens also feature herbaceous plants, including spring bulbs, wildflowers, and a pansy bed with 10,000 plants, designed into an oval floral “carpet” with a pattern that changes each year.

Highland Park has a natural amphitheater, sunken garden, a Gothic-style edifice (known as the “Warner Castle”), and a conservatory greenhouse called Lamberton Conservatory. A statue of Frederick Douglass overlooks the amphitheater. The outdoor amphitheater (Highland Park Bowl) is used for summertime concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, and the Free Movies in the Parks series. The park consists of many themed/memorial gardens: The Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The AIDS Remembrance Garden, and the Poet’s Garden in Highland Park South. EZ Rochester Junk Removal

The Goethe Monument

On September 17, 1950, a monument was completed in Highland Park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. A committee chaired by Ewald P. Appelt raised the required funds. Regional artist and Head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Rochester, William Ehrich (1897-1960), was chosen to construct this monument, describing it as such:  “For the portrayal of Goethe’s personality, I considered no particular phase of his life. His spiritual aristocracy appears to be the point requiring stress, culminating in his immortal appearance around the age of sixty-five.”

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