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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.

Mindful Monday Garden Walks begin on Monday, May 20! Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama ...
05/17/2019
Mindful Monday Garden Walks

Mindful Monday Garden Walks begin on Monday, May 20!

Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama of nature unfolding on monthly nature walks. While exploring various paths and gardens each month, we will practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment and fully observing and appreciating the amazing plant transformations that take place throughout the year. Walks will be held rain or shine on the third Monday of each month, beginning May 20th and ending October 21st.
Fee: Free; donations welcome
Instructor: Staff
Location:Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
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Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama of nature unfolding on monthly nature walks. While exploring various paths and gardens each month, we will practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment and fully observing and appreciating the amazing plant....

Enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens during National Public Garden Week---special events and activities tomorrow, Saturday, May...
05/17/2019

Enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens during National Public Garden Week---special events and activities tomorrow, Saturday, May 18.
Take in spring on a Spring Gardens Highlights Tour at 12 p.m.; Enjoy a 2-mile hike through the diverse plant collections of the F.R. Newman Arboretum and gardens, 10 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.; or explore on your own. Visit with a roaming Garden Guide around the Nevin Welcome Center or make a botanical gift with our friends from Wine & Blooms. Check out the full schedule of events and activities:
https://bit.ly/2WwiPwM
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

Garden & Arboretum Hike with Peter Davies, PhD, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A National Public Gardens Week e...
05/16/2019

Garden & Arboretum Hike with Peter Davies, PhD, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A National Public Gardens Week event.

Take it outside on this 2-mile hike through the diverse plant collections and landscapes of Cornell Botanic Gardens. Experience the beautiful gardens, arboretum, woodland trails, and panoramic views that helped Cornell Botanic Gardens earn its #1 ranking as the most beautiful college arboretum. Walks will be held rain or shine and will include some steep slope and stair climbing.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

Fee:$5-10 suggested donation
Instructors:Peter Davies, PhD, Cornell Professor Emeritus, Plant Biology and Horticulture
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center

Today: Spring Garden Highlights Tour, 12 p.m., Nevin Welcome CenterVisit the gardens during National Public Gardens Week...
05/16/2019

Today: Spring Garden Highlights Tour, 12 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center

Visit the gardens during National Public Gardens Week and see what’s “springing forth” in our collections. We’ll hit the highlights, including the Rhododendron Collection, Bioswale Garden, Groundcovers, Martha Young Flower Garden and more! Free; donations welcome.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

See the full schedule of tours and activities for National Public Gardens Week
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Rise 'n Shine for Birds & Blossoms: Friday, May 17, 8 a.m.. A National Public Gardens Week eventCollege of Agriculture a...
05/15/2019

Rise 'n Shine for Birds & Blossoms: Friday, May 17, 8 a.m..
A National Public Gardens Week event
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Sapsucker Woods (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), American Public Gardens Association

In collaboration with Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Botanic Gardens is offering a pair of walks to discover the birds and wildflowers of spring. Walks will be held rain or shine and pre-registration is not required. Bird Walk in the Arboretum. https://bit.ly/2vPIODE

Friday, May 17: 8 a.m. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum.

Wildflower Walk in Sapsucker Woods
Sunday, May 19: 1 p.m.Meet at Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center

Fee: Free
Instructors: Cornell Botanic Gardens and Lab of Ornithology volunteers

Tonight, Tuesday evening hike: The Slaterville 600 PreserveA National Public Gardens Week eventCollege of Agriculture an...
05/14/2019

Tonight, Tuesday evening hike: The Slaterville 600 Preserve
A National Public Gardens Week event
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

Join Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator Jules Ginenthal on an exciting botanical hike, co-sponsored by the Cayuga Trails Club. On this evening hike, we will venture off-trail and deep into the heart of some beautiful old growth forest managed by Cornell Botanic Gardens on Hammond Hill. We will start at the main parking area for the Hammond Hill trailhead, walk up Hammond Hill Rd. and continue onto DEC Blue trail 1 to the Cornell property. From here we will bushwhack (though much of the old growth forest understory is quite free of brush) on a loop through the preserve to see many large ash, other trees, and wildflowers.

Note: This is a strenuous, 4.5 mile hike over difficult terrain. For more information, please contact Jules Ginenthal at [email protected]

Fee: Free

Trailhead location: Parking lot on Hammond Hill Rd, southeast of intersection with Irish Settlement Rd. 0.6 miles. Meet here at 4:30PM

Carpool meeting place: EMS Parking Lot at 722 S Meadow St. Please park in front of the store but at the end of the lot furthest away from the store. Carpool will depart at 4:00 PM to arrive at Hammond Hill before 4:30

Today: Spring Garden Highlights Tour, 12 p.m., Nevin Welcome CenterVisit the gardens during National Public Gardens Week...
05/14/2019

Today: Spring Garden Highlights Tour, 12 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center

Visit the gardens during National Public Gardens Week and see what’s “springing forth” in our collections. We’ll hit the highlights, including the Rhododendron Collection, Bioswale Garden, Groundcovers, Martha Young Flower Garden and more! Free; donations welcome.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

See the full schedule of tours and activities for National Public Gardens Week
https://bit.ly/2WwiPwM

Cornell Chimes Celebrate Cornell Botanic Gardens and Spring at McGraw Tower.The Cornell Chimes and Cornell Botanic Garde...
05/12/2019

Cornell Chimes Celebrate Cornell Botanic Gardens and Spring at McGraw Tower.

The Cornell Chimes and Cornell Botanic Gardens present a flower-themed concert to welcome spring to Cornell's public garden and living museum. The chimes will ring forth at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 13, to kick off National Public Gardens Week, a nationwide celebration of public gardens across North America. The concert can be heard from most outdoor locations near McGraw Tower. In addition, guests may climb the 161 steps to the top of the tower to watch the chimes master in action.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University

Evening Wildflower Walk: Enjoy the beauty of these ephemeral blooms! Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tour the woodland p...
05/12/2019

Evening Wildflower Walk: Enjoy the beauty of these ephemeral blooms!
Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area and naturalistic garden. Early spring is the ideal season for spotting & learning about the natural history and identification of wildflowers, such as trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal. A National Public Gardens Week event.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

Fee: $5-$10 suggested donation
Instructor: Krissy Boys, horticulturist and native plants specialist
Location: Meet at the Mundy Wildflower Garden entrance, Caldwell Drive

Enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens during National Public Garden Week! May 13 to May 19, 2019.Garden, arboretum, and natural ...
05/11/2019

Enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens during National Public Garden Week! May 13 to May 19, 2019.
Garden, arboretum, and natural areas tours and activities are planned throughout National Public Gardens week. It’s the best time of year to learn about wildflowers in the Mundy Wildflower Garden, take in spring on a Spring Gardens Highlights Tour, or explore on your own. On Saturday, May 18, you can visit with a roaming Garden Guide or make a botanical gift with our friends from Wine & Blooms. Check out the full schedule of events and activities:
https://bit.ly/2WwiPwM
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, American Public Gardens Association

The official opening of the Dryden-Freeville section of the Dryden Rail Trail takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10 ...
05/10/2019

The official opening of the Dryden-Freeville section of the Dryden Rail Trail takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When completed, the Dryden Rail Trail will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas across 16 miles.

Saturday’s railroad-themed celebration, hosted by the Town of Dryden and the Rail Trail Task Force, will feature a 5-K fun run, local celebrities, music, raffles, children’s games, food trucks and more.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Cornell University Transportation Services
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The official opening of the Dryden-Freeville section of the Dryden Rail Trail takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10 ...
05/07/2019

The official opening of the Dryden-Freeville section of the Dryden Rail Trail takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When completed, the Dryden Rail Trail will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ natural areas across 16 miles.

Saturday’s railroad-themed celebration, hosted by the Town of Dryden and the Rail Trail Task Force, will feature a 5-K fun run, local celebrities, music, raffles, children’s games, food trucks and more.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Cornell University Transportation Services
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04/26/2019

***Due to potentially severe weather predicted for later this afternoon, today’s Arbor Day Tree Walk has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.***

04/26/2019
Better be sure your selfie is tulip-friendly! 😉🌷

A reminder to all flower lovers from the tulip growers of Holland: don't trample the tulips! Dutch growers are experiencing millions of dollars in losses, as selfie-seekers trample blooming bulbs for the perfect Instagram pic.

Welcome to Holland! Enjoy our beautiful flower fields, but be sure your selfie is tulip friendly. 😉🌷 #watchyourfeet #tulipfriendlyselfie #lovetulips --------...

Great news for the entire community! We can't wait for the  Dryden Rail Trail to be completed. It will connect three of ...
04/25/2019
Dryden Rail Trail project gets $1.5 million award

Great news for the entire community! We can't wait for the Dryden Rail Trail to be completed. It will connect three of Cornell Botanic Gardens' natural areas, across 16 miles apart: East Ithaca Recreation Trail located in our Upper Cascadilla Natural Area, cross Monkey Run, and interconnect with the Jim Schug Trail, which traverses past Dryden Lake and (at its terminus), our Pervis Road Wetlands. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Cornell University Cornell University Transportation Services

DRYDEN, N.Y. — The Town of Dryden has been awarded $1.5 million to aid the construction of the Dryden Rail Trail, a non-motorized path in the works that follows the abandoned Lehigh Valley rail cor…

Celebrate Earth Day with Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cayuga Trails Club! Tom Reimers Earth Day hike on the Cayuga Trail,...
04/24/2019

Celebrate Earth Day with Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cayuga Trails Club! Tom Reimers Earth Day hike on the Cayuga Trail, Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m.

Cayuga Trails Club will sponsor this 30th annual Earth Day Hike, named in memory of Tom Reimers, local conservationist and trail advocate. The hike will follow a 4.4-mile-long section of the Cayuga Trail in the beautiful Monkey Run Natural Area of Cornell Botanic Gardens. This trail takes hikers along the high banks and water’s edge of Fall Creek, and features early spring wildflowers, birds, breathtaking vistas. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinking water and rain gear, if needed. Be prepared for steep climbs and descents; the hike is moderately strenuous. Transportation will be available at the end of the hike to take participants back to the parking area. For more information, please contact Jim Connors at [email protected].

Fee: Free
Instructor: Jim Connors, Cayuga Trails Club
Location: Meet at the Cornell Community Garden Plots, off Freese Road, between NY Rte 366 and Hanshaw Road. Enter the parking area from the driveway on the east side of the road.

Arbor Day Tree Walk, Friday, April 26, 4 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day Arbor Day with a walk amongst the specimen trees of th...
04/21/2019

Arbor Day Tree Walk, Friday, April 26, 4 p.m.
Celebrate Arbor Day Arbor Day with a walk amongst the specimen trees of the Botanic Gardens. The walk will introduce some long-standing resident trees of the gardens, including tuliptree, dawn redwood, Japanese umbrella pine, zelkova, cornelian cherry dogwood and more. We’ll conclude with a celebration of a much beloved tree in our Groundcover Collection: the bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla). This seedling is the offspring of the tree that was originally planted here in 1963, but was removed due to disease and structural issues. This young tree was carefully tended in our nursery and is now being returned to our collection. Come help us welcome it back! College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Arbor Day Foundation
Fee: Free; donations welcome
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
Instructor: Daniel Weitoish, arborist, and Irene Lekstutis, landscape designer

Conserving Native Orchids: An Earth Day ConversationMonday, April 22, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Nevin Welcome CenterBring a ba...
04/18/2019
Conserving Native Orchids: An Earth Day Conversation

Conserving Native Orchids: An Earth Day Conversation
Monday, April 22, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nevin Welcome Center
Bring a bag lunch and join us for a special Earth Day program focused on the natural history and conservation of native orchids. The Orchidaceae is a species-rich family of flowering plants with more than 30,000 known taxa globally. Like most terrestrial plants, orchid species interact with mycorrhizal fungi, but unlike most plants, there is little evidence that the interactions are mutualistic. Most research indicates that orchids manage the plant-fungal interactions and they consume the fungi as sources of carbon and other resources. Dependency on fungi has evolved in a number of orchid lineages to a complete dependency on fungi resulting in many species being completely mycoheterotrophic. Understanding orchid-fungal interactions is not only interesting, but it is key to orchid conservation because all orchids have, at least, one life history stage that is completely depending on fungi.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Sustainable Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

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Bring a bag lunch and join us for a special Earth Day program focused on the natural history and conservation of native orchids. The Orchidaceae is a species-rich family of flowering plants with more than 30,000 known taxa globally. Like most terrestrial plants, orchid species interact with mycorrhi...

Welcome spring with us!  Evening Wildflower Walk, today, April 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tour the woodland pathways and plant...
04/16/2019

Welcome spring with us! Evening Wildflower Walk, today, April 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area and naturalistic garden. Early spring is the ideal season for spotting & learning about the natural history and identification of wildflowers, such as trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal.

Fee: $5-$10 suggested donation
Instructor: Krissy Boys, horticulturist and native plants specialist
Location: Meet at the Mundy Wildflower Garden entrance, Caldwell Drive

https://bit.ly/2DcY0ii, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Sustainable Cornell, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

Tomorrow: Evening Wildflower Walk, Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of ...
04/15/2019

Tomorrow: Evening Wildflower Walk, Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural area and naturalistic garden. Early spring is the ideal season for spotting & learning about the natural history and identification of wildflowers, such as trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal.

Fee: $5-$10 suggested donation
Instructor: Krissy Boys, horticulturist and native plants specialist
Location: Meet at the Mundy Wildflower Garden entrance, Caldwell Drive

https://bit.ly/2DcY0ii College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Sustainable Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

Now open: Cascadilla Gorge trail between Linn Street and Stewart Avenue is now open for the season. Please observe all t...
04/09/2019

Now open: Cascadilla Gorge trail between Linn Street and Stewart Avenue is now open for the season. Please observe all trail notices and enjoy spring in Ithaca! Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Cornell University Transportation Services Photo: Lauren Cahoon Roberts

Welcome Spring! The F.R. Newman Arboretum is now open to vehicular traffic, dawn to dusk. Drivers, please be cautious, a...
04/03/2019

Welcome Spring! The F.R. Newman Arboretum is now open to vehicular traffic, dawn to dusk. Drivers, please be cautious, as the area is bustling with horticulturists and arborists preparing for the growing season, along with pedestrians enjoying Cornell University's living museum. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Cornell University Transportation Services https://bit.ly/2CUKAr2

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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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