Newman Meadow, the largest open space on campus, recalls the open fields of an upstate New York farm. Its contours were carved thousands of years ago by glaciers and the movement of Fall Creek. Infrequent mowing allows for a more diverse plant and animal habitat. Meandering paths mown in the field provide visitors the chance to walk through a community of tall grasses, insects, and birds. Along the northern edge of the meadow is the Class of ’01 Nut Tree Collection, while along the southern edge visitors can enjoy part of our maple collection before wandering into Slim Jim Woods.
Cornell Botanic Gardens does not manage the meadow as a manicured lawn; instead the meadow is mown just once a year.
Click below to hear a two-minute audio narrative about Newman Meadow and Slim Jim Woods.