Annual Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica) at Van Horn Park.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Annuals at Van Horn include Zowie Yellow Flame Zinnias, Butterfly Weed and Rudbeckia.

Flower plantings at Van Horn Park on Taughannock Blvd.
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The Seneca St. corner of Van Horn is planted with Marigolds, Russian Sage and lilies.

Broom Corn in the back of the plantings at Van Horn Park.
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Broom Corn was added to create a backdrop to Van Horn Park in 2016.

Rudbeckia and Butterfly Weed at Van Horn Park.
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In addition to butterfly Weed's bright orange flowers and seed pods, it is a Monarch Butterfly food source.

Hollyhocks, lilies and Rudbeckia bloom at Van Horn Park
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Hollyhocks, lilies and Rudbeckia bloom at Van Horn Park

volunteers Van Horn Park
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Volunteers plant at Van Horn Park by the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

Van Horn Park

A small park on Taughannock Blvd between W. State St. and Seneca St. features annual and perennial plantings at each end and numerous shrubs and flowering trees, including:

Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alatus), 'Accolade' Sargent Cherry (PRUNUS SARGENTII), Bush Cinquefoil (POTENTILLA FRUITICOSA), Pygmy Peashrub (CARAGANA PYGMAEA),Vernal Witchhazel (HAMAMELIS VERNALIS), Graham's Willow (SALIX X GRAHAMII), Roundleaf Chastetree (VITEX ROTUNDIFOLIA), 'Tardiva' Panicle Hydrangea (HYDRANGEA PANICULATA), Japanese Flowering Cherry (PRUNUS SERRULATA).

Flowers include Canna, Hollyhock, Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Marigolds, Iris, Heliopsis helianthoides, Hardy Hibiscus, mums, Lupine, Coreopsis, Daylilies, Gaillardia, Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias curassavica, Echinacea, Liatris, Mullein, Petunias, Broom Corn.

The overgrown shrubs at Van Horn Park were given a severe pruning by the City Forester in fall of 2017.  The Brigade has devoted a lot of time during the past two years to clean up the back section of the planting and will do some fun new plantings there in 2020.

Last updated March 31, 2021