The F. R. Newman Arboretum is now closed to vehicle traffic. Please don't let that stop you from enjoying the arboretum this winter. Parking is available at the Mundy Wildflower Garden parking lot off of Caldwell Road at the intersection with Forest Home Drive, which is directly across from the arboretum.
Pedestrians are welcome to explore the arboretum every day from dawn to dusk. Vehicle access will begin again in the srping. Happy winter!
The Nevin Welcome Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Friday, December 12 for a staff holiday party. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Would you steal a Picasso from the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University? If your answer is no, then you shouldn’t steal a tree or even a plant from Cornell Plantations.
For the past 70 years, Plantations has served as a living museum on Cornell’s campus. It’s collections have been carefully cultivated to provide visitors with a world class public garden experience. When a tree or plant is lost to theft it is like losing a unique work of art. Please go to your local Christmas tree stand to purchase a tree that was harvested for this purpose.
“During the holidays, many of us enjoy the tradition of decorating our homes and workplaces with ornaments, trees, and other symbols of the season,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations. “This is a time of giving. Unfortunately, others seem to see it as a time of taking. It is disappointing that recently, and in the past, some lost souls have deemed it appropriate to steal conifers from our collections, presumably for Christmas trees. Given that we are part of the Cornell University community, of educated and thoughtful citizens, it is all the more disappointing. Please share the joy of the season with family, friends, and colleagues.”
Click here to view a News 10 Now interview with Phil Syphrit, curator of the Conifer Collection.
If you have any information regarding the theft of this tree please contact Cornell University Police at 607-255-1111.
Although the gorge is closed, you can tour it virtually using Google's Street View feature. Click here for a 360 degree view in front of one of the gorge's waterfalls. To view more points in the gorge, click on the yellow “pegman” in the bottom right corner and drag it to a point on the trail!
Read more about the Google Street View project here.
To view these areas in Google Street View, click on the links below:
To read more about this project, in The Ithacan article, "City of Ithaca reveals new Google Street View of off-street areas."
The Shop has many unique offerings such as handcrafted ornaments, locally sourced gift items, high quality gardening books and more! Your purchases directly support Plantations' gardens, natural areas and education programs.
The Shop is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00–4:00, through December 19 for all your holiday shopping needs!
Hear what Carol Bradford, Garden Blogger who lives in Syracuse, has to say about The Garlic Project here.
Click here to view a four-minute interview with Jack Elliot, who worked with Cornell students for two-years to clean the roots of a sugar maple, now a work of art used to convey an environmental message.
Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees, has been captivating people for some time. William N. Valavanis, a Bonsai Master, will cover classical bonsai art and its history, philosophy and styles. William Valavanis will show techniques for creating and training bonsai as well as how to maintain them in a healthy environment – all illustrated by striking photos taken during his tours around the world. A few bonsai specimens will be brought to the program to illustrate fine quality classical bonsai.
Date: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
This lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for the Fall Lecture Series line-up.
Click here to view this 5-minute video.
Join historian Scott Peters this Wednesday evening, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium, to celebrate Cornell Plantations' 70th Anniversary. Dr. Peter's lecture will focus on the prophetic ecological and civic vision of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Plantation's founder. Join Dr. Peters as he unearths wisdom and lessons in Liberty Hyde Bailey's work that can inspire and guide the ways we approach the ecological and civic challenges of our time.
This show is part of "Walk in the Park," a series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge productions, which features parks in the Finger Lakes and throughout New York. It will be aired this Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 or on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Ithaca's public access cable channels 13 and 97.3.
Date/time: Thursday, November 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: William Valavanis, Bonsai Master
Cost: $100 ($90 for Cornell students, Plantations members and volunteers)
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Click here to register.
WHAT: Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawai'i will be on campus to discuss “How an Energy Outlier Can Become a Role Model for Sustainability: A case study of Hawai'i’s Clean Energy Initiative.” The lecture is sponsored by Cornell Plantations, and co-sponsored by the
David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.
WHEN: Thursday, October 23 at 5:00 pm (reception to follow)
WHERE: Warren Hall Auditorium, B45, Cornell University
Gov. Lingle will explain how the Aloha State’s geography, regulatory regime and dire need to end its first-in-the-nation reliance on imported oil coincided with bipartisan political leadership, community enthusiasm for change, and help from the Federal Government to transform itself from the most oil-dependent state in America to a national and international leader and test bed for sustainable, renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. She will also share her thoughts on how Hawai'i will reach its goal of 70% clean energy by 2030.
“As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m no stranger to the work that Governor Lingle was able to accomplish during her tenure,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “The work she spearheaded in Hawai'i can serve as a primer for the rest of the United States, and it’s my distinct pleasure to bring her to Cornell to share her visionary ideas on environmental stewardship.”
Linda Lingle is a founding member and currently serves on the Governors’ Council at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC think tank whose policy initiatives are respected by national leaders of both political parties. She served two terms as Governor of Hawai'i between 2002 and 2010 and prior to that was twice elected Mayor of Maui County. She was Hawai'i’s first woman governor, and the first Republican elected in 40 years.
As Governor, Lingle became intensely focused on energy security and sustainability issues while examining chokepoints that had the potential to wreak havoc on Hawai'i’s economy and way of life. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Energy Security Council whose mission is to diminish the inordinate strategic importance of oil, which stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuels.
Governor Lingle became Professor Lingle earlier this year when she returned to her alma mater, Cal State Northridge, to teach a seminar in public policy. She will return to Northridge for the 2015 Spring Semester.
Lingle’s lecture is sponsored by Cornell Plantations, and co-sponsored by the David Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.
Our 2014 summer interns were an amazing and dynamic group with diverse backgrounds and a range of career goals and interests. Every year, our staff appreciate the opportunity to get to know and work with these talented students. We gain new perspectives and knowledge from the interns, just as they benefit from the hands-on work experience with us!
We are deeply grateful to our interns, their families and friends, and the many Plantations supporters who gave money to ensure that we can continue to offer this unique learning and work experience for more Cornell students. The crowdfunding project is now finished, but you can still support the Plantations Internship Program by making a gift at cornellplantations.org/support.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation publishes comprehensive study of Cornell Plantations’ bioswale garden
The bioswale was installed as part of the Nevin Welcome Center building project in 2010. The project, which includes a green roof, and several other sustainable features, received LEED Gold from the U.S. Building Council. The bioswale was designed to slow and clean storm water runoff from the parking lot while providing an attractive garden landscape, which is more ecologically-minded than a traditional storm drain system. The garden is used as a teaching landscape to showcase the benefits and functions of a bioswale garden.
The landscape surrounding the Nevin Welcome Center serves as a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the adjacent 25-acre botanical garden and features a lush horticultural display with interpretive signage that articulates some of the ecosystem services provided by the bioswale, filter practices, and green roof.
Some of the bioswale's performance benefits found by Palmer are:
• Eliminates an estimated 78,000 gallons of runoff per year, reducing annual stormwater runoff from the site by 31%.
• Increases biodiversity. The bioswale contains over 50 plant species, giving it a Reciprocal Simpson Index of 11.5, which is 26.3 times higher than that of a turfgrass seed mix typically used for dry swales.
• Provides recreational and educational opportunities for an estimated 50,000 visitors per year based on 2013 counts. 68% of 71 survey respondents achieved the bioswale learning objectives, answering 7 out of 9 questions correctly.
• Helps galvanize visitor interest and support for green infrastructure. 92% of the 71 survey participants said they were interested in seeing green infrastructure in their communities, and 52% report that they are likely to install smaller scale practices in their home landscape.
“We are honored to be selected for this case study program,” stated Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Plantations. “The bioswale garden has quickly become one of the premier gardens of its kind, inspiring other botanic gardens to create similar landscapes, as well as inspiring visitors to create similar gardens in their communities and in their own backyards.”
The bioswale garden was designed by Tobias Wolf of Wolf Lighthall Landscape Architecture and Planning, along with Mary Hirshfeld, retired director of horticulture for Cornell Plantations and Irene Lekstutis, landscape designer at Cornell Plantations.
To see the full results of the LAF study please visit: https://lafoundation.org/research/landscape-performance-series/case-studies/case-study/740/
Date/time: Saturday, October 18; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 ($55 Plantations volunteers, members and Cornell students)
Instructor:Terry Noxel, president of the New York State Gourd Society
Location: Plantations Nevin Welcome Center
Click here to register.
Date/time: Wednesday, October 15; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; no-registration is required.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium
Julie will give her talk, The Bluebird Effect, at the Cayuga Bird Club Meeting at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Natural Areas Academy is offered twice annually—fall and spring. Each season will focus on specific conservation strategies and a specific restoration project within our natural areas. The management practices learned and re-enforced through hands-on workshops and directed stewardships are
transferable to restoration and land management at multiple scales. Enrollment in the fall program is $90/nonmembers and $75/members and students.
Fall 2014 workshops include creating a rain garden, invasive species control, native seed collection, site preparation and native plant identification. Click here for a full schedule.
The first NAA workshop will be a mandatory orientation, and will be held on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m.
To learn more or to enroll online, clik here.
Dates/times: Thursday, October 2; 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 2; 1-5 p.m.
Instructor: Nikki Cerra, Natural Areas Manager
Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Click here for more information and to register.