Situated within the boundaries of our highly regarded and award winning Highland Park is a favorite quiet place that my wife and I have enjoyed for 4+ decades. Monroe County's Lamberton Conservatory located at 171 Reservoir Avenue in the park near the corner of South Avenue allows one to get as close to nature's exotic plants and flowers at almost any time of the year.
Viewing desert cactus or rainforest orchids so close that you can touch them (even though you won't) does something you will find soothing. My favorite exhibit arrives in December each year and is a most amazing array of poinsettia plants. The dedicated staff changes the displays at least five ties each year so you can visit this little jewel often and enjoy a fresh, unadulterated palate of nature's spectrum each time. We particularly enjoy this spot for the quiet. There are no signs or rules, at least that I'm aware of but for some reason everyone seems to converse in a hushed sort of way. It's almost as if we don't want to disturb the flowers.
The Conservatory has a history dating back to the early 20th century but was completely and meticulously rebuilt in 2007. Highland Park has been a nationally known arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and thanks to the joint efforts of Monroe County Parks and Environmental Services Departments we'll be visiting here for a long time to come.
The park has many popular attractions and gatherings throughout the year with the annual Lilac Festival the most notable. I suggest you visit the Conservatory when you are in the area, the admission fee is $2 for adults....a very inexpensive way to see some of nature's best and to enjoy some quiet warmth no matter what else is going on in the world.