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Cornell Botanic Gardens is free and open year round from dawn to dusk. Explore many specialty gardens, a beautiful arboretum of trees, thousands of acres of natural preserves, and programs for learners of all ages.

06/15/2020

It's Baptisia blooming time and we're not sure who is more excited - us or the bees!

Summer, glorious summer! Cornell Botanic Gardens continues to welcome visitors to its natural areas, trails, gardens, an...
06/11/2020

Summer, glorious summer! Cornell Botanic Gardens continues to welcome visitors to its natural areas, trails, gardens, and arboretum. Enjoy these areas safely by following gorge-use regulations and COVID-19 safety practices. Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University https://bit.ly/2YrI4m7

Some warm colored roses for a warm day.  Stay cool out there!
06/10/2020

Some warm colored roses for a warm day. Stay cool out there!

A few favorites from the field (actually the F.R. Newman Arboretum)
06/09/2020

A few favorites from the field (actually the F.R. Newman Arboretum)

Today, June 6: Online talk with Christopher Dunn, PhD,  Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens. Stroll through all your fav...
06/06/2020

Today, June 6: Online talk with Christopher Dunn, PhD, Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens. Stroll through all your favorite outdoor places at Cornell, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
https://bit.ly/ReunionTalk2020

Hear how the gardens are working toward a world of diversity, beauty and hope!
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Online talk: Join Christopher Dunn, PhD,  Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, for a stroll through all your favorite ou...
06/03/2020

Online talk: Join Christopher Dunn, PhD, Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, for a stroll through all your favorite outdoor places at Cornell, Saturday, June 6, 2020, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
https://bit.ly/ReunionTalk2020
Hear how the gardens are working toward a world of diversity, beauty and hope!
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Cornell Alumni Association

Our hearts ache as we watch members of our Black community be killed and harmed.  As Cornell University President Martha...
06/02/2020

Our hearts ache as we watch members of our Black community be killed and harmed. As Cornell University President Martha Pollack stated, “decent people and institutions cannot stand silent while such violence against our fellow citizens continues.”

We honor all life on this precious planet. In the diversity of people, plants, and all living creatures lies our species’ only hope for resilience, and our need to adapt, grow, and flourish. Just as we protect and nurture the diversity within our living collections, we support the University and our community in protecting and nurturing diversity in our human communities.

We will, as President Pollack promises, “address this scourge of racism. We will address it directly in our educational programs, in our research and in our engagement and related activities, working through the ways we know best to push for a world that is equitable and kind; where people do not have to fear for their lives because of the color of their skin; and where everyone has the same opportunities to grow, thrive and enjoy their lives.”

We offer our grounds, which have remained open during this pandemic, as places for respite where we, collectively, can create a world of diversity, beauty, and hope.

#BlackOutTuesday

Blooming beauties abound...
06/01/2020

Blooming beauties abound...

A gorgeous swamp azalea blooming along the Treman Woodland Walk in the arboretum.Photo by Emily Pratt
05/29/2020

A gorgeous swamp azalea blooming along the Treman Woodland Walk in the arboretum.

Photo by Emily Pratt

Some beautiful blooms in the arboretum!  The F.R. Newman Arboretum is OPEN to pedestrians, please follow face covering a...
05/26/2020

Some beautiful blooms in the arboretum! The F.R. Newman Arboretum is OPEN to pedestrians, please follow face covering and distancing guidelines.

Parking available at Cornell's B lot, at the Mundy Wildflower Garden, and at parking bays along Forest Home Drive.

With the summer weather here - thank goodness - we ask that if you visit our gardens, arboretum and natural areas that y...
05/22/2020

With the summer weather here - thank goodness - we ask that if you visit our gardens, arboretum and natural areas that you follow NYS required guidelines to keep everyone healthy!
• Wear a face-covering
• Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others
• Visit alone or in small family groups
• Refrain from interacting with Botanic Gardens staff
• Observe one-way directions on designated paths
• Avoid touching objects and surfaces
• Avoid touching your eyes, face, or mouth without first sanitizing or washing your hands
• Take away your trash

Thank you!

Bringing the blooms to you!
05/21/2020

Bringing the blooms to you!

This week we've been recognizing all our staff who are doing amazing work to keep our gardens and natural areas growing ...
05/16/2020

This week we've been recognizing all our staff who are doing amazing work to keep our gardens and natural areas growing and sharing them with you whether in person or at home. We are among the 4% of gardens open to visitors during this time and we thank our staff and supporters for making that possible - THANK YOU!!!!! #NationalPublicGardensWeek #OurGardensYourHome #Cornell

Today is the 15th annual Endangered Species Day which recognizes conservation efforts to protect endangered species and ...
05/15/2020

Today is the 15th annual Endangered Species Day which recognizes conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. At Cornell Botanic Gardens we work hard to conserve several endangered species. Among them is the Fringed gentian (Gentianopsis crinita), a biennial plant often shaded out by larger, faster growing plants. A big shout out to our Natural Areas staff and volunteers who work hard to collect seeds, protect its habitat, and conduct annual censuses! To learn more about our plant conservation efforts, visit https://cornellbotanicgardens.org/conserve/plant-conservation/ #NationalPublicGardensDay #OurGardensYourHome #NationalEndangeredSpeciesDay #Cornell

And the work goes on... whether in our homes, in our natural areas, and in our gardens.  During this #NationalPublicGard...
05/14/2020

And the work goes on... whether in our homes, in our natural areas, and in our gardens. During this #NationalPublicGardensWeek we are sharing our appreciation for our amazing staff who continue their efforts to connect plants and peoples. #OurGardensYourHome #Cornell #Grateful

Working from their homes, our education staff have been getting creative to deliver programs to you.  From zoom webinars...
05/13/2020

Working from their homes, our education staff have been getting creative to deliver programs to you. From zoom webinars to "homegrown" video lessons for young children, we're so grateful to our staff for pivoting to bring you quality programs! #NationalPublicGardensWeek #OurGardensYourHome #Cornell

Our horticulturists have continued to care for our gardens - they've been mulching, planting, sowing seeds, and keeping ...
05/12/2020

Our horticulturists have continued to care for our gardens - they've been mulching, planting, sowing seeds, and keeping an eye on things - all the while social distancing in creative ways! #NationalPublicGardensWeek #OurGardensYourHome #Cornell

It's #nationalpublicgardensweek and we're going to celebrate by showing you the staff who are caring for our gardens and...
05/11/2020

It's #nationalpublicgardensweek and we're going to celebrate by showing you the staff who are caring for our gardens and naturals areas, developing at-home programming, and generally keeping us open! Check back daily for snapshots of our staff who we're so very proud of and grateful to for all they do keep us growing! #ourgardensyourhome Cornell University

Video: Thousands of daffodils gently sway along the Bioswale Garden, courtesy of Allison Falkenburgh, horticulturist. Se...
04/22/2020

Video: Thousands of daffodils gently sway along the Bioswale Garden, courtesy of Allison Falkenburgh, horticulturist. See their amazing mechanized planting in spring 2017, the provenance of today's spring beauty.
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https://bit.ly/bloomingbioswale

Tomorrow: Learn how countries in areas most affected by climate change are responding to these and other challenges. Glo...
04/21/2020

Tomorrow: Learn how countries in areas most affected by climate change are responding to these and other challenges.

Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special live webinar will feature Fellows in Cornell’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, sharing stories of the choices they face in their home countries and the actions they are taking in response to this global crisis. Presented in partnership with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the CALS Department of Global Development.

Panelists: Dr. Hlaing Hlaing Htoon, Assistant Lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar

Mr. Artak Khachatryan, Director of Agricultural Technology Input and Service Department, CARD Agroservice CJSC, Armenia

Mr. Md. Tanvir Ahmed, Deputy Director at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)

Free but pre-registration for the webinar is required. The webinar will be recorded.
bit.ly/globalclimatestories
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
Cornell Global Development
Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Sustainable Cornell

Step into the world of international climate change, resilience, and adaptation! Join us for a webinar: Global Climate S...
04/18/2020
Webinar—Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change

Step into the world of international climate change, resilience, and adaptation! Join us for a webinar:

Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more.
How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges? In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special live webinar will feature Fellows in Cornell’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, sharing stories of the choices they face in their home countries and the actions they are taking in response to this global crisis. Presented in partnership with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the CALS Department of Global Development.

Panelists: Dr. Hlaing Hlaing Htoon, Assistant Lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar

Mr. Artak Khachatryan, Director of Agricultural Technology Input and Service Department, CARD Agroservice CJSC, Armenia

Mr. Md. Tanvir Ahmed, Deputy Director at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)

Free but pre-registration for the webinar is required. The webinar will be recorded.
bit.ly/globalclimatestories

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
Cornell Global Development
Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Sustainable Cornell

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more. How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges? In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of E...

Webinar—Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and ChangeWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Our cha...
04/13/2020

Webinar—Global Climate Stories: Challenge, Choice and Change
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Our changing climate poses great challenges for humanity around the world: extreme weather events, sea level rise, flooding, drought, wildfires and more. How are countries in areas most affected by climate change responding to these and other challenges? In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special live webinar will feature Fellows in Cornell’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, sharing stories of the choices they face in their home countries and the actions they are taking in response to this global crisis. Presented in partnership with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the CALS Department of Global Development.

Panelists: Dr. Hlaing Hlaing Htoon, Assistant Lecturer at Mawlamyine University, Myanmar

Mr. Artak Khachatryan, Director of Agricultural Technology Input and Service Department, CARD Agroservice CJSC, Armenia

Mr. Md. Tanvir Ahmed, Deputy Director at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)

Free but pre-registration for the webinar is required. The webinar will be recorded.
bit.ly/globalclimatestories

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
Cornell Global Development
Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Sustainable Cornell

Cornell Botanic Gardens has unveiled a new outdoor art installation: a two-story mural, created in September 2019 by Bra...
04/01/2020

Cornell Botanic Gardens has unveiled a new outdoor art installation: a two-story mural, created in September 2019 by Brazilian street artist Eder Muniz.

“A Dança Da Natureza” (The Dance of Nature) incorporates nature, a human figure, animals and stylistic images in bright, vivid colors that enliven the north side of the Nevin Welcome Center. Watch the soaring mural come to life in this video, from bare wall to finish.
Video: bit.ly/The_Dance_Of_Nature

Supported in part by a grant from Cornell Council for the Arts
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
Cornell University

Quiet the Mind: Spring Unfolding at Cornell Botanic GardensWatch it here: bit.ly/QuiettheMindDuring this time when we mu...
03/26/2020

Quiet the Mind: Spring Unfolding at Cornell Botanic Gardens

Watch it here: bit.ly/QuiettheMind

During this time when we must place distance between ourselves and our most beloved places, enjoy a moment of restoration, as spring unfolds around you at Cornell Botanic Gardens. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Cornell University Nature Rx at Cornell Society for Natural Resources Conservation (SNRC) of Cornell

Music: Strata by Moby, courtesy of https://bit.ly/3dyGAx1
Photos: Jingfu Chen, Brian Maley, Jay Potter, Sonja Skelly

At Cornell Botanic Gardens, we’re pleased to make our grounds, trails, and outdoor spaces available to the public during...
03/20/2020

At Cornell Botanic Gardens, we’re pleased to make our grounds, trails, and outdoor spaces available to the public during the COVID-19 crisis.

We ask that you strictly observe social distancing:

• Maintain the required distance of six feet from others
• Gather in groups no greater than 10.

In addition, please refrain from interacting directly with botanic gardens staff. We are operating with essential personnel only, who are working diligently to keep our spaces safe and open for your enjoyment.

Cornell Botanic Gardens's cover photo
03/18/2020

Cornell Botanic Gardens's cover photo

Consistent with university guidance as our community seeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Cornell Botanic Garde...
03/17/2020

Consistent with university guidance as our community seeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Cornell Botanic Gardens facilities are closed and all events cancelled until further notice. However, knowing how important nature, gardens, and the outdoors are to our physical and emotional well-being, we are pleased to keep the grounds available to the public. The F.R. Newman Arboretum gates and lower Cascadilla Gorge trails remain closed for the season and will reopen at a future date. We expect that visitors to the gardens will maintain and respect the required “social distance” of 6 feet and of groups no greater than 10. Please refrain from interacting directly with botanic gardens staff.

We welcome you!

Please visit Cornell's COVID-19 update page for more information, https://bit.ly/39QmgVI

Consistent with measures being enacted by Cornell University to contain the spread of COVID-19, Cornell Botanic Gardens ...
03/16/2020

Consistent with measures being enacted by Cornell University to contain the spread of COVID-19, Cornell Botanic Gardens will close, effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. This includes the Nevin Welcome Center. The lower Cascadilla Gorge trail and the F.R. Newman Arboretum, both closed for the winter, will remain so until further notice.

Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for regular updates. https://bit.ly/39QmgVI
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University

Consistent with measures being enacted by Cornell University to contain the spread of COVID-19, Cornell Botanic Gardens ...
03/13/2020

Consistent with measures being enacted by Cornell University to contain the spread of COVID-19, Cornell Botanic Gardens is suspending all public programs, tours, and events. The Nevin Welcome Center remains open with limited hours. Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for ongoing updates: https://bit.ly/39QmgVI

On March 20th, celebrate the first day of spring with a nature walk to search for signs of awakening life in the Mundy W...
03/13/2020

On March 20th, celebrate the first day of spring with a nature walk to search for signs of awakening life in the Mundy Wildflower Garden. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The walk will include some stairs, and trails may be muddy in places.

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/555674178322241/

Join Cornell Botanic Gardens' Future Forests Initiatives on #CornellGiving Day! The goal of the Future Forests Initiativ...
03/12/2020

Join Cornell Botanic Gardens' Future Forests Initiatives on #CornellGiving Day!

The goal of the Future Forests Initiative is to plant 2,020 trees--just enough to replace the number of ash trees that will be lost in the F.R. Newman Arboretum and natural areas on campus maintained by Cornell Botanic Gardens. The places you love--Beebe Lake, Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges, the Arboretum and the Mundy Wildflower Garden--are all losing trees to the emerald ash borer.

Click on this link to learn more and to donate:
http://bit.ly/GivingDayForests

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It's #CornellGiving Day! And Cornell Botanic Gardens needs your help more than ever. The emerald ash borer – an invasive...
03/12/2020

It's #CornellGiving Day! And Cornell Botanic Gardens needs your help more than ever. The emerald ash borer – an invasive insect that is killing millions of ash trees across their range in the northeastern United States – is starting to ravage the forests in the Cornell Botanic Gardens.

That’s why the Cornell Botanic Gardens is focusing on the Future Forests Initiative this Giving Day.

Because 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our goal for the Future Forests Initiative is to plant 2,020 trees –enough to replace the number of ash trees that will be lost in the F.R Newman Arboretum and the natural areas on campus stewarded by Cornell Botanic Gardens. The places so many Cornellians love – Beebe Lake, Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges, the Arboretum and the Mundy Wildflower Garden – are all losing trees to the emerald ash borer.

Click on this link to learn more and to donate:
http://bit.ly/GivingDayForests

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University

On Feb 28th, join us to observe the stark beauty and quiet drama of the season on this winter nature walk. After a brief...
02/26/2020

On Feb 28th, join us to observe the stark beauty and quiet drama of the season on this winter nature walk. After a brief introduction, we’ll stroll the various paths of the Botanic Gardens and practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment, and fully observing and appreciating the wonders of nature in winter. Please wear warm clothing and be prepared to walk through snow.

Find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/474320713284272/

Cornell Botanic Gardens's cover photo
02/25/2020

Cornell Botanic Gardens's cover photo

On Feb 28th, join us to observe the stark beauty and quiet drama of the season on this winter nature walk. After a brief...
02/22/2020

On Feb 28th, join us to observe the stark beauty and quiet drama of the season on this winter nature walk. After a brief introduction, we’ll stroll the various paths of the Botanic Gardens and practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment, and fully observing and appreciating the wonders of nature in winter. Please wear warm clothing and be prepared to walk through snow.

Find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/474320713284272/

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124 Comstock Knoll Drive
Ithaca, NY
14850

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Parking Information: The parking lot at the Nevin Welcome Center is a “Pay and Display” metered lot. The lot will be monitored from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Monday through Friday. Parking is available for up to three hours at $1.50 per hour, and the meter will accept both cash and credit/debit cards. Parking at the Nevin Center is free after 5:00 and on weekends, and there is always free parking in the F. R. Newman Arboretum and at the entrance to the Wildflower Garden. Thank you for your continued support!

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Anyone know what this is???
You can still tour the gardens and stay with us. We are only 1/2 mile away. Call us at 1-607-272-6100.
Snowing steadily today. This is in front of the Lewis Building about 10 am.
Was the O'Connor Lecture last week recorded, and will it be available for viewing? Thank you.
“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.” ― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
I'm one of those people who live outside of Ithaca and avoid Cornell like the plague unless someone comes in from out of town (in this case Danmark). Then we do our duty by doing a quick drive through. My intentions were to simply show Flatrock then drive down Gun Shop Hill passing the Clock Tower and 'Piano' Museum on the way. However, this time I decided to detour into the Cornell Plantations. I'd stopped so my friend could get out and take a photo and thinking we may need assistance an employee stopped to see if everything was all right. I confessed I'd never been to Cornell Plantations before and that I had a guest with me and very little time. We introduced ourselves (he said his name was Chris) and he convinced us we really needed to see the other gardens. I told him I didn't know my way around and still find Cornell Campus intimidating but he wouldn't take my excuse. He suggested we follow him, which we did. We arrived in the lot and after five different people tried to figure out how to pay to park (turns out the first hour is free) we walked into the Welcome Center and then explored the Gardens. Chris was right, they are absolutely AMAZING! A "Random Act of Kindness" turned our outing into a simply lovely day. It also provided an opportunity for a local resident to overcome her fear and enjoy the beauty of Cornell's Botanic Gardens. Chris was proud of the Gardens and obviously enjoys his job... a labor of love. How nice the world is!
rhododendron 'Floda' over on Comstock Knoll. 'Floda' is the earliest bloomer over there.
Ol' Reynard is looking at something... or for something! This is here at the gardens about 3pm today.
ニューヨーク州のど真ん中イサカ市にあるコーネル大学の植物園。季節の草花が綺麗です。
Saw a hummingbird in the gardens yesterday and still here at home! Any explanation for their late departure?
What is the best way to get notifications about upcoming classes and events?