During the past year, our staff and Advisory Council have been engaged in a strategic planning process, which has included consideration of whether the name “Cornell Plantations” supports the mission, vision, values and brand of our organization, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Cornell University. Through all of our discussions, as well as focus groups and a survey conducted by an external consultant, we found clear and significant support for a new name among people who have been actively engaged with us, including Cornell faculty and students, donors, Advisory Council members, and volunteers. Three-quarters of all survey respondents supported a new name, and most chose “Cornell Botanic Gardens,” or a derivation thereof. The name change has the support of Interim University President Hunter Rawlings and his leadership team, CALS Dean Kathryn Boor and the college’s senior leaders, and the Plantations Advisory Council. Kathryn Boor and Christopher Dunn are planning to present the recommendation to the Board of Trustees at their October meeting.
The Cornell Chronicle article "Rebranding of Cornell Plantations to better reflect mission, vision," more fully describes the process and factors that have led to the recommendation to change our name, and additional information and FAQs are available on our website.
On October 12, The Cornell faculty Senate passed a resolution encouraging the board of trustees to approve “Cornell Botanic Gardens” as the new name of Cornell Plantations. Read more in the October 13 Cornell Chronicle article "Faculty Senate votes for Cornell Botanic Gardens naming."
Our Climate Change Demonstration Garden, now in its third season, uses a high tunnel to demonstrate how plants are affected by climate change. Read how this year's plants fared in a high tunnel 5 degrees warmer than outside temperatures in the Ithaca.com article "Greenhouse Simulates a Warmer Future."
Todd Bittner, Director of Plantations' Natural Areas, speaks on the efforts Cornell has taken to educate students and the community on how to safely enjoy Cornell's Gorges in this 2-minute interview.
The lecture will be followed by a complimentary garden party in the Botanic Garden, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Harder Family Lecture.
Date/time: Wednesday, August 24; 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Location: Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall at Cornell University
Click here for a map of locations for the lecture and garden party following.
Click here for the full lecture series line-up.
Yarrow draws on memory, imagination and intuition to create landscapes that resonate with the spirit of place, genius loci.
Wynn Yarrow’s work is landscape as metaphor for the inner life. It exists in the shadowland between technique and vision; emotion and intellect; the physical realm and the spiritual one. The colors, light and design elements of her landscapes reflect the mystery and wonder of the natural world.
Yarrow is the artist-in-residence of The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, an affiliate of Smithsonian Institution. Her work has been exhibited in national and international exhibits, including Re-Presenting Representation, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Night Visions, Coconino Cultural Center, Flagstaff, AZ; and Unfolding a solo show on four floors at Northwestern Seminary, Roberts Wesleyan University, Rochester, NY. Yarrow’s work is in the collections of Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA and Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual creative arts fellowship and an ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Artist Crossroads fellowship.
“Transitions are meaningful and emotionally charged times in human life; so I tend to paint times of transition in nature. My best known work explores transition in the night sky, where change occurs swiftly,” says Yarrow.
Listen to a 6-minute interview with Wynn Yarrow on WSKG.
New York State is experiencing an abnormally dry summer owing to lack of precipitation. The Finger Lakes Region, and Ithaca specifically, is in a “severe drought” as classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor, receiving the lowest amount of rainfall from March to June on record. This is a significant concern for Cornell Plantations because our water source, Fall Creek, is at a record low level.
Cornell Plantations is a living museum of plants that conserves genetic and botanical diversity with a mission to preserve and enhance diverse horticultural collections and natural areas for the enrichment and education of academic and public audiences, and in support of scientific research. Our plant collections are irreplaceable and an invaluable research and educational resource to Cornell, our community, and the global community of plant scientists. For our collections to survive, the plants must receive water. Recognizing the severity of the drought and the need to conserve water, our horticulture and natural areas staff have developed plans to significantly reduce our water use without letting plants die.
Our strategies include those that prevent evapotranspiration or unused water being absorbed into the air. Thus, we are watering in the early morning and late evening when temperatures are lower. At other times, only hand watering directed at root level is used, while sprinklers on timers are used at night. Our staff also employ soaker hoses and water bags to provide irrigation to plants in the botanic gardens and arboretum.
In our natural areas, well-established plants are accustomed to fluctuations in precipitation and, we hope, will to survive this drought. However, within habitat restorations where root systems are not yet well established plants will be more seriously affected and damaged. Therefore, our natural areas stewards are bringing water to priority plants and conserving water around such plants. This involves using landscape fabric to trap water and tree bags.
As the drought continues, Cornell Plantations’ plan to cope with the lack of water is constantly responding strategically as conditions warrant. Our directors of horticulture and natural areas are working closely with Cornell’s Drought Emergency Planning Team on water conservation techniques and identifying alternative water sources, such as water from non-potable water sources and gray water recycling. Our staff have developed a priority plan for continued watering, focusing our efforts primarily on iconic and valuable trees, the long-lived and irreplaceable members of our collections, the botanic garden collections, and newly established native plant communities.
We are taking every step to conserve water and protect our valuable collections. Our staff are working closely with Cornell and City of Ithaca officials to be good stewards of our collections and of our shared water.
Learn more about our efforts in this three-minute interview with Director of Horticulture, Rhoda Maurer.
Date/time: Saturday, August 6 and Saturday September 10; 10:00 a.m.- noon
Cost: Free; no registration required
Instructor: Peter Davies, Ph.D., professor emeritus of plant science?
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
For more informaiton call (607) 255-2400, or e-mail email@example.com
The lot will be closed for resurfacing all day July 28. We apoloigize for the inconvenience. Please park at the nearby metered parking lot at the Corner of Tower Road and Judd Falls Road and take a short downhill trail to the Botanical Garden. View metered parking locations on the Cornell map here.
Last year, Cornell Plantations staff gardener Krissy Boys began transforming an area overrun with invasive crown vetch into an attractive and diverse streamside garden abundant with wildlife. Krissy recounts this labor of love in her article "New Gardens at Cornell Plantations Mundy Wildflower Garden."
Date/time: Saturday, August 30; 9:00 a.m. to midnight
Location: Cornell Plantations Botanical Garden
Cost: Free; no pre-registration required.
Instructor: Jason Dombroskie, PhD., Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab
Contact 607-255-2400 for more information, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On display during July.
We offer scheduled group tours by bus or on foot. Our tours offer visitors the chance to learn about our gardens, history, and plant collections. Each tour is lead by an experienced staff or volunteer tour guide and lasts approximately an hour.
Click here for more information.
(shown above): Scenic stone picnic benches in the Park Park Natural Area adjacent to Fall Creek.
Date/time: June 18 - September 25; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5; Free for Members and Cornell students; no registration required
Instructor: Volunteer docent
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
Click here to view our full calendar of events.
Date/time: Monday, June 20; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and no registration required
Instructor: Kevin Moss, staff educator
Location: Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.
Cornell Plantations -- the arboretum, botanical garden and natural areas of Cornell University -- welcomes all alumni and their families to Reunion Weekend, June 9-11, 2016.
During Reunion our rhododendrons, irises, and peonies will be blooming, and you may still find spring wildflowers in the Mundy Wildflower Garden and natural areas. At the botanical garden you can take a mini-tour, pick up a visitor map and explore on your own, browse the exhibits and gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center, or just relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the gardens and grounds.
Free parking is available at the Nevin Welcome Center, but can be limited during busy times. You can ride a Cornell Reunion shuttle bus to the Dairy Bar/Stocking Hall on Tower Road and walk down the footpath from there. We are also an easy to moderate walk from most points on campus.
For more information, contact Kevin Moss at email@example.com, (607) 254-7430.
Nevin Welcome Center open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 7 days per week
Saturday, June 11
Spring Plant Sale CANCELLED!
Cornell University has cancelled all outdoor events for today due to the threat of severe storms. We hope to reschedule the sale in the next weeks. Stay tuned!
Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive
9:00 a.m. – noon
Take home some of Plantations’ gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! This spring’s offerings will include some small shrubs, a wide variety of perennials, and some new additions to the horticulture trade.
Botanical Garden Mini Tours CANCELLED DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER
Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
15-minute mini-tours highlighting significant plants and gardens, launching approximately every 20 minutes.
Cascadilla Gorge Hike CANCELLED DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER
Meet at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Collegetown,
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Hike through Cascadilla Gorge and learn about the geology, natural history, and beauty of this scenic greenway. The round-trip one mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing.
“The Hangovers” - Allan Hosie Treman '21 Memorial Concert
Central Campus next to the Cornell Store and across from Willard Straight Hall (LOCATION CHANGE FROM THE NEVIN WELCOME CENTER LAWN TO BARNES HALL)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy this performance by The Hangovers, the popular a capella subset of the Cornell Glee Club.
All weekend or any time
Explore Cornell Plantations on your own using your mobile device.
an audio tour of the Botanical Garden and Arboretum by calling a number
found on signs and within the visitor map to listen to short narratives
about our gardens, tree collections and other highlights. Use your
smart phone to tour Beebe Lake, Mundy Wildflower Garden and Fall Creek
Gorge by downloading the “Pocketsights” app to follow a Google-driven
map that provides images and information at points of interest along the
route (available from the App Store or Google Play).
Date/time: Thursday, June 23; 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Drive. For more information, call 607-255-2400 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about this program in the May 31 Cornell Chronicle article "City, university gorge stewards train for summer patrols."
The stewards are also leading tours of the Fall Creek Gorge every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and tours of Cascadilla Gorge every Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm from June through September.
Click here for more details on the Cascadilla Gorge Tours.
Click here for more details on the Fall Creek Gorge Tours.
“Cornell Plantations’ Botanic Gardens and Arboretum are a community gateway to an engaged Cornell. As a living laboratory, we are an incredible asset to the students, faculty, Ithaca community, and beyond” says Rhoda Maurer, director of horticulture at Cornell Plantations. “In our gardens and arboretum, people can feel the human-plant connection and understand the importance of natural conservation and education.”
Click here to see what goes on in these beautiful outdoor classrooms.