Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #41

This article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the parks of Rochester. He also mentions the nursery business around Rochester and why we are known as the “Flower City.”


The Rochester Park Commission was created in 1888. Since then work has been done so judiciously by the aid of the best landscape architects and nursery men taking advantage of the rolling lands that were obtainable, that few cities present so attractive an appearance in this regard. The total are of park territory is 1700 acres and the five parks, in order are; Genesee Valley, Durand-Eastman, Seneca, Maplewood and Highland. Highland Park contains one of the finest arboretums in the country and Durand-Eastman Park is located on Lake Ontario and has the advantages of forest, field and stream.

The nursery business was started here in 1838 and in 1904 there were more than 30 firms engaged in the business. Besides the nurseries there are several large seed houses. Rochester being the foremost city in the world in this regard. Rochester was long known as the “Flour City” on account of the numerous mills located along the Genesee but now Rochester is known as the “Flower City.”